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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/28/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.97  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.05  Surface Temperature - 83
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  Water temperatures are still below normal for this time of year by about 4 degrees.  We have had current on the lakes over the past few days as water is coming in from up river and being passed through the dams.  

As was reported last week there are large schools of shad staging near the mouths of the bays.  We are taking Largemouth on the ledges and in the creeks and bays.  You can take your choice of patterns right now, fish the ledges, fish the points around the mouths of the creeks and  bays, secondary points in the creeks and bays or you can go shallow.  

Although most of the larger fish are still on ledges, you have plenty to choose from on the days the ledges may be slow for you.  The Largemouth in the creeks and bays are feeding on schools of late fry.  The forecast for the weekend looks good with a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow and partly cloudy skies through the holiday weekend.  

Folks planning on fishing later next week will want to keep an eye on tropical storm Gustav as it is expected to reach hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.  Most computer models at this time have Gustav making landfall in Alabama or Louisiana Monday evening or Tuesday morning.  

When a hurricane makes landfall in this area, we normally get the remnants of the hurricane as it tracks north.  This means we could, and I emphasis COULD see some of the remnants of Gustav affecting our weather here around midweek next week.  Only time will tell.  With the nice weather forecast and this being the last holiday weekend for many boaters, I would expect the lakes to be very crowded this weekend.  I urge everyone to drive defensively on the water and be courteous to your fellow boaters.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, dragging football head jigs and slow rolling spinnerbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry and are taking topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastic jerk baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  Some of these fish are schooling on the shallow flats, especially early and late in the day.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the river ledges and on primary and secondary points on the main lake.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  Most of the feeding is taking place early and late in the day.  Night fishermen are reportably taking Smallmouth on main lake rocky and pea gravel points at night on slow rolled dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.  
Some to the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Spro bronze eye frog in white with green back, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple,  Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw, Zoom super fluke in white, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and Last Cast hairy bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays early and late in the day, especially if current is present.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically around creek channel ledges.  Some White Bass are schooling on the fry in the creeks and bays on secondary points and on the flats.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools.
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cutbaits, yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations.  Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels on the main lake and associated nearby flats on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations.  Some Channel Catfish are cruising the flats in the backs of the bays feeding on schools of fry.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken along deep creek channel shorelines and main lake primary points.  These fish are taking pinched nightcrawlers and small jigs tipped with wax worms fished just off the bottom.  

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Photo by Brandon Hunter

Nathan Long holds up two nice bass while fishing with guide Brandon Hunter recently on Kentucky Lake.