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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/14/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.21  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.45  Surface Temperature - 80
 
Both lakes are almost one foot below summer pool.  The weather has been hot here this week with temperatures during the day in the 90's and of course it is dry as the drought continues to dog us.  The forecast for the upcoming weekend is for more of the same with high temperatures and little wind. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are primarily being taken on the creek and river channel ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits and jigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in the creeks and bays on shallow secondary points and flats near grass on topwater lures.  Some fish are being taken near wood cover in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry with Texas rigged creature baits and tubes, spinnerbaits, and jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth are being taken early in the morning and late in the evening on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the bays on topwater lures, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  During the day the Smallmouth are being taken on deep river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  

I have not had any reports on the night Smallmouth fishing yet but this is the time of the year that the Smallmouth primarily feed at night.  Good bets for night Smallmouth fishing is to target rocky main lake points and secondary points in the bays with dark colored spinnerbaits with big colorado blades, tube jigs and jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri pop n splash in ghost with lemon back, Charmer  large worms in electric blue, Gambler  large worms in peppergrass (both these fished on a 1/2 oz Shake It jig head), Zoom brush hog in watermelon candy, River Bottom Get Sum in watermelon/candy, Hook Some Bass brush hound in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, D&L jig in black/blue and cumberland craw, Last Cast jig in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Rapala DT 16 in parrot and Norman DD 22 in rootbeer. 
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Trolling these same lures behind a deep diving crankbait along the edge of the channel ledges is also taking fish.  I am seeing a lot of jumps in the bays of smaller White Bass but occasionally some of the jumps contain some nice fish. 
 
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks and along the creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are being taken with worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs.  Some Mayfly hatches have gotten started and the Bluegill are being taken around these hatches early in the day on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leeches. 

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