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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/29/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 362.42      Surface Temperature:  70

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 362.40     Surface Temperature:  70
 
The lakes are on a slow fall at the rate of about six inches a day.  There is large wood afloat in both lakes although not numerous it is there and you need to be watchful for it while running your boat.   Most of the ramps are now usable with a few exceptions but many of the courtesy docks still have walkways underwater.
 
The Largemouth Bass are still biting near the brush with the best fish coming out of the front sections of the brush especially that which is still submerged.  Many of the fish that were in the brush have pulled out to the first drops or channels from the brush.  There is still a good bite on secondary creek channel points on post spawn Largemouth.  

The shallow fish are taking spinnerbaits, jignpig, Texas rigged lizards and tubes, buzzbaits and rattletraps.  The deeper fish are taking Carolina and Texas rigged tubes and lizards, crankbaits and jignpig.  Some of the lures reported as productive this week are:  Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon seed (tails dipped in chartruese), watermelon and gold, and junebug.  Snoozer's tubes in road kill cammo and black sapphire.   White spinnerbaits and buzzbait.  Rattletraps in blue/chrome.  Jignpig in black/blue.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are active on the front secondary points in the creeks and on main lake primary and secondary points.  The Smallmouth are taking Carolina and Texas rigged tubes, lizards,  and small crankbaits.  Some of the lures reported as working this week are Snoozer's tubes in Road Kill Cammo, Bill Norman crankbaits in Tennesse Shad, and Rapala Shad Raps in Black/silver.  
 
The Crappie are slow on creek channels on the main lake.  They are holding over brush in 15-25ft of water.  There are reports of some being caught with bottom bouncers using small minnows and small jigs.  
 
The Bluegill are active in the bays near the brush and other submerged vegatation as well as along steep rock banks.  The Bluegill are taking crickets and wax worms fished under bobbers.  
 
The Channel Catfish are very active on rocky banks and flats.  They are taking night crawlers, leeches, and cut baits fished on bottom.  
 
The White Bass are starting to get active along the main river channel and at the mouths of the creeks with the current being pulled.  Although no significant jumps are occurring as of yet, these fish can be caught by jigging small spoons and roostertails along the channel ledges, especially early in the morning.   

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