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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/26/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.09  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.30  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  We had a very pleasant week weather wise with daytime temperatures in the high 80's and night temperatures in the 60's.  The cooler weather dropped the water temperatures a couple of degrees earlier in the week and the bass bite picked up noticeably.  I encountered number of schooling Largemouth this week feeding on schools of fry.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays near wood cover and vegetation on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged worms.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass as slow on the main lake ledges using Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jigs.  The night bite on Smallmouth has been only reported as fair with fish being taken on main lake points on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs.  
Some of the more productive lures this week were:  Yozuri Pop N Splash in ghost lemon, Hook Some Bass Vibe in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Zoom ol monster worm in plum, Charmer worm in blue fire, Last Cast jig in green pumpkin with baby paca craw trailer, Hook Some Bass brush hound in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges and adjacent flats.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically.  I have noticed some Whites in jumps this week but they are short in duration.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with shrimp and leeches.  Some Catfish are shallow as I have caught a number of nice Channel Catfish on bass lures this week while fishing the flats in the bays.  These Catfish are feeding on the schools of fry still in the bays.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches using the same baits.

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