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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/05/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.07  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.10  Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown to summer pool level.  We have been experiencing high winds and near record high temperatures over the past few days which has kept most anglers looking for wind protected areas in the creeks and bays or off the lakes.  

Earlier in the week prior to the high winds the Largemouth bite continued to be very good on the ledges with more and more fish moving to their summer feeding areas.  A prime example of this good ledge bite was reflected in the Triton Owners tournament last weekend in which it took 50 lbs/10 fish to win the tournament.  

Channel Catfish and Bluegill continue to be excellent with large numbers of good fish being brought in to the cleaning stations.  The wind forecasts shows more high winds for Friday (tomorrow) and then start diminishing for the weekend.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken primarily on the ledges around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These summer pattern fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, slow rolled ledge spinnerbaits, spoons, Carolina  and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits as well as by dragging and slack lining jigs.  

Some late post spawn Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on main lake primary points on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  I have received a few reports of fish being taken shallow around the grass beds on Ky Lake early and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits but the reports indicate most of these fish to be small.  I would expect this shallow water bite to improve as more fry venture onto the flats within the next week or two.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake primary and secondary points as well as on the ledges on the main lake.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs on the points and Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging jigs and slack lining jigs on the ledges.  
Some of the productive lures reported this past week are:  Zoom horny toads and Jack's bubber frogs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Sloan spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill and parrot, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds and Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/red  and watermelon/purple, Zoom brush hogs in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Missouri craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with minnows, inline spinners and small jigging spoons as well as by trolling inline spinners and curly tail jigs behind deep diving crankbaits.
Bluegill:  Good catches of Bluegill are still being taken by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers in shallow water in the coves and backs of creeks and bays in the 4-6 ft level as well as by fishing with worms on split shot rigs on bottom.  Some good Bluegill are also being taken on grassy secondary points in the creeks and bays on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.
Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in large numbers by fishing with nightcrawlers under bobbers around rocky shorelines and in the connecting canal.  
I would like to welcome the BASS Elite series to the lakes next week and all those folks that are going to be here to see some of the top bass anglers in the world compete against one another in the Bluegrass Brawl out of Ky. Dam Marina 6/12 - 6/15.

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