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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/24/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.00  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.15  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  The Largemouth Bass bite continues to be good on summer patterns as evidenced by the current weights being brought in at the FLW Stren series.  At the end of day two of the tournament the top 4 professionals are averaging 21 lbs per day on 5 fish limits.  The 10th place professional has an average of over 17lbs per day.  The White Bass bite also continues to be good with many limits coming into the area cleaning stations.  

The current forecast for the upcoming weekend looks good with partly cloudy skies on Saturday and a slight chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.  Highs are forecasted to be in the low 90's.  Don't forget to take your sunblock and plenty of cold water with you when you venture out on the lake this time of year.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges on the main lake and creek channel ledges near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms, dragging football head jigs and slack lining casting jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the flats on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays near grass beds and wood cover, especially early and late in the day.  These fish are chasing schools of fry and can be taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged large worms and small creature baits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as slack lined jigs.  I have received reports that the Smallmouth are active at night on chunk rock and pea gravel points on Ky Lake with large dark colored spinnerbaits with single Colorado blades  and finesse jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom horney toad in green pumpkin pearl, Jack's bubber frog in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer 10.5 inch paddle tail and gator tail worms in green pumpkin, Todali ribbontail worm in cinnamon crunch, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Jewel football head jigs in Missouri craw and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and creek channel ledges on the main lake as well as on the adjacent flats.  Vertical fishing with inline spinnerbaits is reported to be the primary bite but there are also a number of jumps being reported.  I have seen a number of these jumps myself and it seems to me there are more Whites in jumps this year than I can remember in the past couple of years.  These surface feeding fish can be taken on inline spinnerbaits and small crankbaits cast into the feeding schools.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are still being taken near mayfly hatches in the creeks and bays near overhanging trees early and late in the day.  Bluegill are also being taken around deeper docks, especially early in the morning and late in the evening.  These fish can be readily taken with crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the river channels and on the flats adjacent to the river channels.  These fish are being taken on bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellow tail.
I would like to thank all those folks that contacted me to see if I was doing ok because I failed to write a fishing report last week.  Yes, it was the first week I have missed writing a report during the season in a long time.  I apologize to those folks that were looking for my report last week and did not find one.  I had to leave town early last week to be with a dying close friend and did not return until last weekend.  

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