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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/15/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.80   Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.80  Surface Temperature - 66
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  The Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be very good with a myriad of patterns working.  We are catching Largemouth from the ledges all the way back to the shallow spawning areas.  

We are continuing to catch both prespawn and post spawn fish on both lakes.  The water temperatures are still holding below normal and so the spead out spawn this year continues.  The panfish anglers are reporting big catches of spawning Bluegill and Shellcrackers on both lakes.  This is a great time to take the kids fishing for these easy to catch tasty panfish.  The weather outlook this weekend and into next week is good with highs in the 70's and low 80's with no severe weather in the present forecast.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a number of patterns from the ledges to the spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays.  Largemouth are being taken on lead in creek channel banks and associated secondary points on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken near the buck brush on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and creature baits as well as jigs.  

More Largemouth are starting to show up on the ledges, especially around the mouths of the creeks and bay and are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Overall the Largemouth bite has been very good this past week.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as on ledges.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Strike King lipped crankbaits in red eye shad, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in black/chrome, Charmer timber pups in purple grass and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple, Jewel footbass head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching baby paca craw trailers.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are reported to be scattered with some catches being taken over deep brush piles along the old creek channels in the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on the main lake.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  Some late spawning Crappie are still being reported taken early and late in the day near shallow brush piles on minnows and small jigs under bobbers but these fish are not being taken in large numbers.
 
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  Large catches of these panfish are being reported.  These fish are being taken shallow in the creeks and bays near gravel bars and gravel flats on crickets and worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs baited with red worms.  
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on shallow rocky shorelines on the main lake and in the creeks and bays.  Some good numbers are being reported.  These fish can be readily taken by fishing with nightcrawlers and leeches under bobbers and on bottom rigs.

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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.