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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/19/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 357.43  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.75  Surface Temperature - 85
Both lakes are about 1.5 ft below summer pool.  We have had hot days this week with afternoon heat indexes around 100 degrees.  A cold front is moving through the area this evening and the forecast for the weekend is calling for highs in the mid 80's and lower humidity readings which should make for a nice weekend on the lakes.  The reports I have received this week on the Largemouth Bass bite have ranged from slow to fair on both lakes with the ledges having produced most of the fish.  I would say my experiences on the lakes this week would reflect the same.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These summertime deep fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, jigs (dragged) and large Texas rigged worms.  Some schooling bass are showing up on some ledges here and there but not with any consistency.  

These schooling fish can be taken on crankbaits and swimming jigs so one should keep one of these handy when fishing the ledges in case the opportunity presents itself.  Some Largemouth are being taken shallow early and late in the day around vegetation and wood cover as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish can be taken by fishing frog imitations on the matted grass, some topwater over the flooded over grass and spinnerbaits just off the grass around wood cover.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the deep river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs but are few in number from reports.  I myself am getting only one here and there with no experiences with schools during the day.  The reports I received on the night time Smallmouth bite this week would indicate a slow bite overall.  Some single Smallmouth are being taken around the grass beds in the bays early and late in the day but it is single fish and not the schools that one would expect this time of year.
Some of the productive lures this week have been:  Yozuri Pop N Splash in lemon/ghost, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Zoom Brush hog in watermelon candy,  Zoom ol Monster worm in plum, Hook Some Bass brush hound on watermelon/purple, Last Cast finesse jig in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly, PJ's football head jig in green pumpkin and Slong's swimming jig in black/blue.  
White Bass:  The White Bass have been active this week with catches being taken along the old river channels, especially near the mouth of the canal.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crankbaits.  
Catfish:  The Catfish have been slow this week do to a lack of current.  The fish that are being taken are coming from bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail fished along the old river channels.
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches (which have been numerous) by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  Some Bluegill are being taken around deep docks with the same rigs.

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