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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/02/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.85  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.95  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are at summer pool.  One can expect the lakes to drop one foot over the month of July as the TVA starts the slow drawdown of one foot per month as per the River Operating System Schedule.  

The Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be very good, especially on the ledges.  The White Bass fishing is also reported to be very good on the main lake ledges and adjacent flats.  The Mayflies are still hatching and producing good catches of Bluegill early and late in the day around the hatches.  

The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks good with a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Friday and a chance of isolated thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.  The current wind forecasts for the weekend are good.  Expect the lakes to be crowded over the holiday weekend so be careful and please drive defensively and be courteous to the other boaters.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits, jigs, spoons and shaky head worms.  Largemouth are also being taken near shallow vegetation and wood cover in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish can be taken early and late in the day on topwater lures and spinnerbaits and during the day on plastic frogs fished over the grass and Texas rigged worms and creature baits fished near the grass and wood cover.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake river and creek channel ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Although we are not getting big numbers of these fish...the ones we are catching are quality fish.  The Smallmouth should be feeding at night now but I have not received any reports as of yet on these voracious summer night feeders.  Large dark colored spinnerbaits with colorado blades, jigs and tube jigs are good bets on rocky points and banks on Ky Lake for these fish.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash-it chugging baits in ghost lemon, Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin pearl, Jack's bubber frog in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Norman DD22 in canary and white, Rapala DT16 in parrot,  Charmer 10.5 inch worms in motor oil and purple grass, Charmer timber pups and Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple and Jewel football head jigs in Missouri Craw and Cumberland Craw.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the creek and river channel ledges on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically.  White Bass are also being taken on flats adjacent to the ledges in jumps by casting inline spinners into the surface feeding schools.  The jumps for the most part are short in duration.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 30-40 ft of water on bottom rigs baited with cut baits, yellowtail, shrimp and leeches.  These fish are most active during periods of generated current.

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.