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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/22/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.47  Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.70  Surface Temperature - 69
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  The Largemouth fishing this week has been very good overall.  The Largemouth are still being taken from the shallows in the creeks and bays to the ledges on the main lakes.  My best pattern overall still remains on creek channel banks and associated secondary points but we have taken some good fish back shallow this week also near the buck brush.  

We are taking fish off the ledges but most of these fish are running small.  The water temperatures are still low for this time in May and most of the shad are still in the creeks and bays.  Bluegill, Redear and Channel Catfish continue to be hot items from all the reports I am getting and the fish cleaning stations are full of folks everyday with good catches.  The weather forecast for the holiday weekend is very good with only a chance for some scattered thunderstorms on Monday.  

Expect big crowds on the lakes this weekend with the nice weather and good fishing.  Please be careful with the added boat traffic and above all be courteous to the other boaters and anglers.  This is definitely a weekend to drive defensively on the lakes.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as in shallow water near the spawning areas.  The fish on the banks and points are being taken on crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.  

The shallow fish are taking topwater on some mornings, trick worms, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits and jigs.  There are fish being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the bays on both lakes.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits and lizards, crankbaits and jigs.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake banks and points as well as on rocky creek channel banks and secondary points in the front halves of the bays.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.
Some of the productive lures this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft g splash in ghost pearl lemon, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill and parrot, Norman crankbaits in tropical shad, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Charmer timber pups in purple grass, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly with match baby paca craw trailers.
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  The Bluegill and Shellcracker bite is reported to be good with excellent catches of big bluegill and fair catches of Shellcrackers in the coves and backs of the bays near gravel bars in 3-6 ft of water.  These tasty fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs on bottom baited with worms.  
Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in good numbers on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs around rocky shorelines and rocky flats.  Some good catches are also being reported in the connecting canal.  

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