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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/02/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.02  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.02  Surface Temperature - 85
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  Well the hot dog days of deep summer finally arrived early this week and we have been having some very hot days and flat water.  Afternoon temperatures are in the 90's and without any current or wind to stir up the fish the bite has slowed down.  The shallow bass bite that was very good last week is slow this week.  

The best bet right now is to fish the ledges and be patient.  Take plenty of water with you and drink it because the temperatures in the forecast are only going to go up with daytime highs nearing 100  early next week which will put the heat indexes well over 100.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms as well as jigs.  Some fish are being taken shallow near vegetation especially early and late in the day on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged worms fished over the submerged grass and frogs fished on the matted grass.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the deep river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and on jigs.  The early morning shallow water bite we normally see on Smallmouth around the grass beds this time of year has been virtually non existent.  The reported night bite has indicated some fish are being taken but it is slow on tubes and jigs.  
Some productive lures this week were:  Spro frogs in white and green.  Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait type lure) in white and blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Charmer 10.5 inch worm in fire and ice, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke purple and D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the main lake river channel ledges and adjacent flats on inline spinners and small spoons.  The jumps are short in duration so most of the fish are being taken by vertically jigging these lures.
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail, shrimp and leeches.  The bite is slow with little current.  Some Catfish are shallow still as we continue to catch some big Channel Catfish near the grass beds while bass fishing this week.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day around docks and near mayfly hatches on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  

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Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.