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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/29/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.66  Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.70  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are about one and one half foot over summer pool.  This is due to an influx of water from upriver from heavy rains earlier in the week.  The Largemouth Bass bite continues to be scattered but good.  There are still fish being taken shallow in the bays with a few good fish but mostly buck bass guarding the nests from the late spawners.  

The better bite for quality fish has been on the secondary creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the front halves of the bays as well as on the creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays. The ledge bite should only get better over the next week or so as more of the big schools of shad are moving toward deeper water.   

The Smallmouth bite has been good on rocky secondary points and deep river channel ledges on Ky Lake.  Bluegill, Shellcrackers and Channel Catfish are still biting very good as they are still spawning.  Big numbers of these fish are coming to the cleaning stations every day.  

The weather forecast for the weekend and early next week has highs in the 80's with chances of scattered thunderstorms.  There are series of upper level disturbances coming through the lakes area over the next few days.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are still being taken on a myriad of patterns from shallow water in the backs of the bays to the ledges.  Largemouth are being taken shallow around the spawning areas on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits as well as jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on creek channel banks and associated secondary points, especially in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on the ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  The fish on the channel banks and points are taking crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  The ledge fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, slow rolled ledge spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and jigs.  The Largemouth bite is very good and you can take your choice of patterns on any given day right now.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on rocky primary and secondary points as well as on deep river ledges.  The fish on the points are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and also white, Yozuri splash-it poppers in lemon ghost, Zoom horny toads and Jack's bubber frogs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Hook Some Bass and Stan Sloan ledge spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed, watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds and Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly with matching baby pace craw trailers.
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  Bluegill and Shellcrackers are being taken shallow off the beds on crickets and worms fished under bobbers, small jigs crawled over the beds and on split shot rigs baited with redworms fished on the beds.  
White Bass:  There have been a few reports of White Bass being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the bays on inline spinners and small jigs fished vertically.  I would expect these fish to be soon moving to river ledges as the shad move to deeper water on the main lake over the next couple of weeks.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in large numbers along rocky shorelines and riprap.  These fish are being taken primarily by fishing with nightcrawlers set under bobbers at 4-6 ft.  
This is a great time to be fishing the lakes, so if you can find the time, grab a rod and get after some of these biting fish.  

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.