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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/30/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.48  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.60  Surface Temperature - 85
 
Both lakes are 2 1/2 feet below summer pool.  Bass fishing was still somewhat slow this week but the water temperatures have dropped by two degrees and I did see a little more action than during the record temperatures last week.  It was hot most of this week with highs near 100 but we have a north wind now blowing after a frontal passage today and the forecast is for highs in the high 80's to low 90's this coming week.  

These temperatures will still be above average but will seem like fall compared to what we have had over the past three weeks.  There was more activity on the shallow bass and bass on creek channel banks in the creeks and bays this past few days and if the water continues to cool this bite should get a little better.  

We still are not getting any current on the lakes worth mentioning so the ledges are still slow but a some fish are being taken.  Expect some big holiday crowds on the water this week so be careful and be courteous.  Take plenty of water or sports drinks and stay hydrated.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and by dragging jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the creek channel banks and secondary points in the bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs. 

Some Largemouth are also being taken around deeper docks on dead stick baits, finesse jigs and unweighted soft jerkbaits.  Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the creeks and bays near grass beds on topwater lures, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and secondary points in the bays on jigs and tube jigs as well as on the river channel ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and by dragging jigs.  The Smallmouth bite is slow but a few fish are being taken.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom superflukes in white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and grape, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red,  Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke/purple and Last Cast Lures finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly.
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges by vertically jigging with small spoons and inline spinners.  The bite has been reported as slow.
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks with cover on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
 
Even though the present weather does not reflect it, we are only a few weeks away from the beginning of the fall fishing season. 

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Splash! This bald eagle is diving for a tasty fish. Bald eagles use their exceptional eye sight to spot their prey up to a mile away!