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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/19/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.06   Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.25  Surface Temperature - 83
Both lakes are at summer pool.  The Largemouth fishing has continued to be very good this week even with the cold front that moved through the lakes area early in the week.  The weather has been very nice and the winds have been light for the most part.  The ledges continue to be the hot pattern but there is some pretty good topwater bite around the weed and grass beds in the backs of the bays on Ky Lake especially south of the U.S. 68 bridge.  

The White Bass have been active this week and I have witnessed a number of jumps of smaller whites on the main lake flats and around the old creek and river channel ledges.  The mayflies are hatching and folks are catching Bluegill, catfish and some White Bass around these hatches early and late in the day.  

There is a chance of some scattered shower and thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday.  The winds are forecasted to be light all through next week and if the forecast does not change, this nice weather pattern is forecasted to continue through the period.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken 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, Texas and Carolina rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and spoons.  Largemouth are also being taken around grass beds on chug baits and spinnerbaits fished over subsurface grass as well as on buzz frogs fished over emergent grass and weeds.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lake with Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. The Smallmouth should be getting into their summer night feeding patterns but I have not had any reports on the night bite as of yet.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in white and chrome/black, Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin pearl, Norman DD22 in canary, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds and Charmer Timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and motor oil, Tadali's 14" ribbontail worm in plum, 
Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw tipped with Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on main lake flats and along the old creek channels and river channel by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small jigging spoons.  Some Whites are being taken along the old channel ledges by trolling with these baits behind deep diving crankbaits..  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks and along rocky creek channel banks  on worms and crickets fished under minnows.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on leeches and shrimp on bottom bouncing rigs.  
Now is the time to get out and enjoy some great summer fishing patterns here on the big lakes.  The weather is cooperating and the fish are hungry.  Don't forget to stop by Fisherman's Headquarters locate at the intersection of U.S. 68 and U.S. 641 in Draffenville and The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west of Kuttawa for all your bait and tackle needs.  You will find some great folks ready to help you at these stores, not to mention the best selections of lures and tackle in the region.  

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