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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/09/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.02  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.35  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  To say the weather has been hot this week would be an understatement.  The daytime highs have been around the 100 mark with heat indexes reaching around 110 to 115 every afternoon.  

The lakes have been pretty quiet this week with the exception of some water skiers and a few anglers braving the heat.  Most anglers have been going out early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid the heat of mid day.  Overall this week our early morning bite on the Largemouth has been good by fishing the shallow fry pattern on both lakes with the exception of one slow morning.  We also had a few fish off ledges during the late morning.  

I have not been on the ledges during the mid day as we have been getting off the lake around 11:00 to avoid the mid afternoon heat.  There is some current being generated during the mid afternoon because of all the air conditioners working overtime right now but I have not had any reports as to whether this is triggering some good ledge bite or not since most folks are avoiding this time of day right now.  We have a cold front moving thru the area this evening and temperatures are supposed to drop back to the mid 90's for the next few days.  Even though this is still hot, it will seem like a break in the heat from what we have been experiencing this week.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms as well as on jigs.  Dragging a jig on the ledges seemed to be the best bite this week but we did get some on the Carolina rigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the bays near wood cover and vegetation as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on chatterbait type lures, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits and worms.  Frog lures fished over the matted grass beds is producing some fish also.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass fishing is slow with some few fish being reportedly taken on the main lake ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  We had some single Smallmouth taken on the shallow flats this week on chatterbait type lures fished over vegetation early in the morning.  The last reports I have had on night Smallmouth indicate a slow bite on the main lake points and secondary points in the bays on tube jigs and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Spro frogs in white and green, Hook Some Bass vibes (chatterbait type lures) in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon candy, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in fire and ice and Hook Some Bass jigs in pepper/pumpkin/green.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and adjacent flats on inline spinners and spoons by vertical jigging.  Some jumps are being reported on the adjacent flats but are short in duration.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels bottom rigs baited with yellowtail, shrimp and leeches.  There are some Channel catfish in the bays feeding on the schools of fry.  I have not observed anyone fishing for these Catfish myself, but we have caught a number of them while fishing for bass on lures.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deep docks and around mayfly hatches early in the morning and late in the evening using crickets and worms fished under bobbers.

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Geese in Flight
Photo by Murray Blake

These Canadian geese are just beginning their yearly migration south to avoid the long, cold winter. They will return in spring to the welcoming waterways of the Kentucky Lakes Area.