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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/16/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.92  Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.05  Surface Temperature - 88
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  Well I thought it was hot last week but this week proved to be even hotter with record temperatures just about every day this week.  The weather forecast for the weekend looks a little better as does next week with high temperatures in the mid 90's instead of the triple digits we have had this week.  

Of course when I wrote my report last week, the forecast was for temperatures in the 90's and then the forecast was changed two days later to indicate the high temperatures we had this week...all we can do is cross our fingers I guess as that seems to be what the weather guessers are doing.  The bite was somewhat slower on the Largemouth this week as far as the shallow water bite.  We did catch some fish but they were of less number and quality.  

The ledges this week was a matter of being on the ledges when there was some current being generated.  We did manage some nice fish off the ledges a couple of days this week. I did not receive many reports from other anglers this week as most people are avoiding the heat.  Overall I would say the Largemouth fishing was slow to fair and the weather was just plain hot.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays around grass beds and wood cover early and late in the day on topwater lures, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits and worms.  The topwater bite is there but nearly as good as one would expect this time of year, more fish are being taken subsurface than on top.  
Smallmouth Bass:  A few Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake points on crankbaits and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The Smallmouth bite is slow.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Yozuri Pop n Splash in ghost lemon, Hook Some Bass chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Charmer worms in fire and ice, Hook Some Bass jigs in pepper/pumpkin/green and Jewel jigs in green pumpkin.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river ledges by vertical fishing with inline spinners and small spoons especially early and late in the day.  There are a few jumps being reported on adjacent flats but are short in duration.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and leeches.  The best bite is during periods of current.  

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