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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/12/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.84   Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.10  Surface Temperature - 85
 
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  The lake levels are currently back on track with seasonal levels since they are normally drawn down one foot below summer pool during the first week of July, however we may see the lakes dropped below normal again if there is not a big influx of water in the Tennessee Valley.  

According to the TVA the period between January and May this year the Tennessee Valley received the least amount of rainfall it has received during that period in the past 118 years.  The TVA indicates that short of a heavy influx of rainfall such as that which would accompany the remnants of a hurricane that TVA lake levels could be expected to be lower than normal due to their having to move some water through the system to ensure water quality.  

So far from a bass fishing standpoint I have noticed the bite a bit slower on the ledges on north Kentucky Lake over the past week or so but the ledge bite on Barkley seems to be holding up.  There are also a lot of fry schools in the  creeks and bays that are providing some fair shallow water fishing on both lakes.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake ledges and the ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, jigs (both dragged and slack lined) and shaky head worms.  Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry near wood cover and vegetation.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, frogs over matted grass during the day as well as on finesse jigs and tube jigs fished near wood cover on lead out banks and secondary points.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points early and late in the day on jigs and tube jigs.  The night bite on Smallmouth Bass is reported to be fair on main lake points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Zoom horny toads in watermelon red pearl and green pumpkin pearl, Yozuri Pop n Splash in ghost lemon pattern, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin (on shaky head), Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke purple, Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly and Jewel  football head jigs in green pumpkin.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the main river ledges on inline spinners fished vertically and on inline spinners and small spoons trolled behind deep diving crankbaits. 
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail, shrimp and leeches.
 
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 with wood cover.  

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