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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/12/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 358.84   Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 358.80  Surface Temperature - 80
The lakes are at summer pool and the water levels are fluctuating very little.  The Largemouth Bass are on summer patterns now.  Largemouth are being taken early and late in shallow water around vegetation on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, chugbaits, and lipless crankbaits, and soft jerk baits.  

The majority of the better Largemouth are being caught on points, humps, and creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays and on old creek channel ledges on the main lake.  These deeper fish are being taken on jignpig, Carolina rigged lizards, creature baits, and tubes as well as on deep running crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.  Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Black/Blue jignpig,  Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon variations with the tails dipped in chartruese, Snoozer tubes in Road Kill Cammo,  Bill Norman crankbaits in rootbeer and baby bass, white and chartruese spinnerbaits, Rapala Skitter Pops, Rattletraps, and Zoom Flukes in white and natural shad.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points, creek channel ledges, and river ledges.  These fish are being taken on jignpig, crankbaits, and Texas and Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits.  Some of the lures reported as productive this week are black/blue and green pumpkin jignpig, Bandit crankbaits in Rootbeer, Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon variations with tails dipped in chartruese, Snoozer tubes in Road Kill Cammo and Smoke Purple.  
The White Bass are active at the mouths of the creeks near drop offs and along the main river channel.  Some early and late jumps are being reported.  These fish can be taken with white roostertails, small silver jigging spoons, and small crankbaits cast into the schools of feeding fish.  

When not fishing the jumps you can take these fish by slow trolling a small deep diving crankbait and replacing the rear hooks with a leader and tying on a white roostertail or by vertical jigging the spoons and roostertails.  
The Crappie are slow and those that are being caught are being reported to be in 20-25 ft of water along the old creek channels on the main lake over stumps and brush piles.  These fish are being caught by using bottom bouncing rigs with minnows and small jigs.  
The Bluegill are active around wood cover on the creek channel banks in the bays and also around docks with brush.  These fish can be taken with wax worms and crickets fished under bobbers and also on split shot rigs.  
The Catfish are being caught in the canal area and also near the river channel on the rocky flats.  These fish can be taken with leeches, nightcrawlers, and dip baits fished on bottom.  
The mayflies should start hatching any day now and when they emerge the annual feeding frenzies near these hatching insects can provide a lot of exciting fishing.  Start looking for them near the willow trees along the banks as this is the time of year for them to make their appearance.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

In June these beautiful lily pads are in full bloom at Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes. Honker Lake is a great place for wildlife viewing and hiking.