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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/12/2008

Kentucky Lake:   Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.97  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are at summer pool.  We finally received some relief from the high winds and record temperatures we had last week and this week has been a pleasure to be on the water.  The Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be very good with the primary bite being on the ledges on both lakes but there is also some great shallow fishing around the grass beds on Ky Lake on buzz frogs.  

The ledges on some areas of both lakes are producing some nice bags of big fish and lots of action on shorter fish.  The grass bite is really just getting started on Ky Lake, but it is good and should only get better as more fry venture out onto the grassy flats from their early life haunts back in the buck brush.  

The mayflies hatches started this week and there is plenty of action around the mayfly hatches for panfish, especially early and late in the day.  The White Bass action is picking up with some good catches being reported along the river and creek channel ledges, especially during periods of current flow.  The weather forecast for the weekend looks great so I expect we will see a lot of folks on the water this weekend.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points near the mouths of the creeks and bays on crankbaits, Texas rigged large worms, tube jigs and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water on the grass beds of Ky Lake on buzz frogs and soft jerk baits.  This bite is especially good early and late in the day but the bite is working good over thick grass all day long on most days.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary and secondary points early and late in the day as well as on the ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the deeper bays during the day.  The point fish are taking crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The ledge fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin swirl and watermelon/red swirl, Jack's bubber frog in watermelon/red, Zoom flukes in white,  Norman DD22 in canary, Rapala DT 16 and DT 10 in bluegill and parrot, Charmer 10.5" worms in motor oil and plum, Tadali 14" worms in plum, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds and Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Missouri craw tipped with baby paca craws and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly tipped with matching baby paca craw.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays and on the main lake as well as along the river channel ledges.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small jigging spoons fished vertically and by trolling with these lures on a leader behind a deep diving crankbait.  I have seen a few small jumps around the mouths of the bays this week but they are short in duration.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around docks and along rocky creek channel banks just off the spawning areas on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken near mayfly hatches early and late in the day around overhanging trees in the creeks and bays on the same baits.  
Catfish: Catfish are being taken on the main river channels on bottom rigs baited with leeches, shrimp and nightcrawlers as well as cut baits.  

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