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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/08/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 67
 
Both lakes are a few inches over summer pool.  As reported last week we still have Largemouth being taken on a myriad of patterns.  We still have prespawn fish moving in, late prespawn and spawning bass shallow and post spawn bass on the lead out banks and some are showing up on the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  With the lower water temperatures being lower than normal this spring, the Largemouth spawn is being drawn out longer than usual.  

The Crappie spawn is essentially over for the most part but a few reports indicate that some Crappie are still being taken shallow early and late in the day.  The hot panfish bite right now is on the Bluegill and Shell Crackers (Red Eared Sun Fish).  These fish are in spawning mode and good catches of quality fish are being taken.  The Channel Catfish are moving up for spawn also and should be very good very soon.  The weekend weather outlook is for scattered thunderstorms late Friday afternoon and again on Sunday.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken primarily on the lead in banks and near the buck brush.  The fish on the lead in banks are both prespawn fish and post spawn fish.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, floating worms, Texas rigged creature baits and lizards and jigs.  Some Largemouth are being taken on the ledges in the creeks and bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  Rocky points seem to be doing better than the gravel.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and blue/chartreuse, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad, Lewis rattletraps in black/chrome, Hook Some Bass baby brush hogs and Charmer Timber pups  in green pumpkin and watermelon purple, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple and Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching baby paca craw trailer.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being reported as somewhat scattered with Crappie being taken over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water along the creek channels as well as some Crappie being taken near shallow brush in 4-6 ft of water.  The deeper Crappie are being taken on minnows and small jigs fished vertically over the deep brush piles.  The shallow Crappie are being taken on small jigs and minnows fished under bobbers.  
 
Bluegill and Shell Crackers:  These fish are being taken on gravel banks and secondary points as well as on the flats in 4-6 ft of water.  These fish are taking crickets and worms fished under bobbers as well as worms fished on split shot rigs fished on bottom.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on rocky shorelines on the main lake and in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  
 

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