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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/07/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.50  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.70  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are about one half foot below summer pool.  High winds prevailed in the lakes area today and a chance of severe thunderstorms is in the forecast for Friday with the passage of a cold front.  The weekend weather looks good with the exception of some north winds on Saturday.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on river and creek channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These deep fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, deep running crankbaits and jigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day on topwater lures and spinnerbaits on the flats in the creeks and bays as well as on secondary points as they are feeding on schools of fry.  Some Largemouth are also being taken during the day around wood cover in the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits and texas rigged creature baits and tubes.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep main lake points and river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and tube jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake points and secondary points in the bays on topwater lures.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Zoom Brush Hog in watermelon/candy, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Zoom Ol Monster Worm in plum, D&L jig in cumberland craw, Last Cast jig in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.  
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are active and being taken along the river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  These lures are also being productive by trolling them behind deep diving crankbaits along the river ledges.  Some jumps are being seen but are short lived.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around docks and along rocky creek channel banks on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on worms fished on a split shot rig slowly reeled along the bottom.
 
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels on bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and large minnows.  

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Honker Bay
Photo by John Mahler

Honker Bay, located near The Nature Station, is a great place to hike or simply stop to observe a beautiful sunset.