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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/24/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.47  Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.60  Surface Temperature - 77
 
Both lakes are one half foot below summer pool and the 3 day forecast is for the same or near same levels.  The weather forecast for the weekend is for high's in the 80's and low's in the mid 60's with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms each day.  

With this type weather one can expect heavy boat traffic on the water this weekend so be careful while boating and drive defensively.  Hardly a holiday weekend on the lakes goes by without some boating accidents, please be courteous and practice common sense out there on the water so everyone can have a good time and have a safe weekend.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are on early summer patterns with fish being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, large spinnerbaits,  jigs and deep running crankbaits.  There are still a number of post spawn fish being taken along the creek channel banks in the creeks and bays as they are working their way out to the deeper summer ledges.  

These post spawn fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, jigs and shaky head worms on creek channel banks and secondary points especially near wood cover.  Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the creeks and bays as well as on secondary points on topwater lures as they are feeding on schools of shad fry.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points early and late in the day on topwater lures, crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  During the day the Smallmouth are being taken on river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes and jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Yozuri splash-it in ghost, Rapala crankbaits in parrot, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer and tropical shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom monster worms in plum and motor oil, Baby Huey worms in motor oil, Berkley shaky head worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon, watermelon/purple and watermelon/red and Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter and jelly.
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.  Some fish are being taken on the flats on the main lakes near the river channels early and late in the day as they are feeding on schools of shad near the surface.  

These fish are being taken with small crankbaits and inline spinners cast into the feeding schools of fish.  These surface schools are not staying up long so be ready with your rods within easy reach in case you encounter one of these schools while fishing the nearby deep water.  
 
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  I am still receiving some reports of bedding bluegill in shallow water as well as bedding shellcrackers.  I do believe the bluegill and shellcracker spawns have peaked but some are still there to be had.  If you are not finding any of these fish on the beds, back out into a little deeper water.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs baited with worms fished on bottom.
 
Catfish:  There are still plenty of Catfish being taken around the rocky shallow banks as they are spawning.  These fish are being taken with leeches, shrimp and nightcrawlers fished under bobbers.  

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