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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/05/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.40  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.35  Surface Temperature - 83
 
Both lakes are about one foot below summer pool.  Hot days and afternoon thunderstorms has been the scenario this past week.  The weekend forecast is calling for sunny skies and only a small chance of precipitation.  The lakes are busy with holiday traffic this week so be careful and drive defensively both on and off the water.  Heat indexes are climbing during the day now so make sure you take plenty of water with you.
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, shaky head with both large worms and finesse worms and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in shallow water as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits and tubes, deadstick lures, soft jerkbaits and soft frogs fished near vegetation and wood cover.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are somewhat slow during the day but some are being taken on main lake shorelines and points early and late in the day on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The night bite is reported to be fair with fish being taken on large dark colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs fished on main lake points.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost pearl lemon, buzzbaits in white, Zoom Horny Toads in watermelon/red pear, Zoom super flukes in shad patterns, Slong' Poison Head Shake It's rigged with Charmer large worms in plum and Gambler large worms in peppergrass, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, and D&L jigs in black/blue and cumberland craw.
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the main lake river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners.  Some Whites are being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits along the river ledges.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels by fishing with bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches on crickets and worms fished under bobbers as well as around docks.

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Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.