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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/31/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.02  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.20  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  Typical of this time of year, we have had daytime highs in the 90's most of this past week with afternoon heat indexes nearing 100.  These temperatures and light winds are forecasted to continue over the next week.  

Although I have noticed a slight decrease in the numbers of bass taken on ledges this week, we still have taken some nice fish.  The biggest Largemouth in my boat this week taken on the ledges was a nice 7 lb hawg and the biggest Smallmouth was a nice 4.5 lber.  Both these fish were taken on the north end of Ky Lake on ledges topping out at 9 ft and dropping into 20 ft.  

These fish were taken during the late morning along with some other nice keepers and shorter fish.  The ticket to catching good fish this time of the summer on the ledges is a slow presentation and patience. The best bite on the ledges this week was Texas rigging large worms, Carolina rigging small creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  The shallow water bite on the flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays is good early and late in the day as bass are chasing schools of fry.  I am still seeing a number of White Bass in the jumps early in the day, especially around the mouths of the bays. 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are taking Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats on the main lake and in the bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged large worms and dead sticked worms.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on shallow flats early and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits as they are feeding on schools of fry.  The best bite on Smallmouth is reported to be at night on dark colored spinnerbaits and tubes jigs fished on the east side of Ky Lake near chunk rock and pea gravel points on the main lake and in the front parts of the bays.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash it poppers in ghost lemon pattern, Zoom horny toad in green pumpkin pearl, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait and vibe  (chatterbait) in blue glimmer,  Zoom ol monster worm in red bug, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in green pumpkin and plum, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and Yum dingers in green pumpkin.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners.  Whites are also being taken on the adjacent shallow flats casting inline spinners.  Look for surfacing schools of Whites around the mouths of the bays, especially on the points early in the day.  
Catfish are being taken on the flats adjacent to the old river and creek channels early and late in the day on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deep water docks, especially early in the morning and late in the evening as well as at night on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  
If you are in need of a guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email.  This is a great time of year to learn how to find and fish the ledges.  

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