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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/19/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 359.07   Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 359.05  Surface Temperature - 81
Summer is in full swing in the lakes area with stable water levels and little current being generated on either lake.  The Largemouth Bass are in full summer patterns with the best catches coming from deeper water along old creek channel ledges, humps, and main lake points.  There is some shallow water bite early and late in the bays near vegetation.  The topwater bite is sporadic but some is being reported near grass beds and on some secondary creek channel points.  

The better bite is on the deeper aforementioned areas using Texas and Carolina rigged  worms, tubes, lizards, and creature baits as well as deep diving crankbaits and jignpig.  Some of the lures reported as productive this week are Berkley 10 inch Power Worms in blue fleck, Snoozers tubes in Road Kill Cammo and smoke/purple, Zoom 6" lizards in plum and watermelon/red, Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon/red and watermelon seed with chartruese tails,  Bill Norman DD14 and Deep diving Little N in Tennessee Shad and Baby Bass patterns, black/blue jignpig.   
The Smallmouth Bass are active on the ledges and main lake points using Texas and Carolina rigged tubes, lizards, and creature baits,  deep diving crankbaits,  and jignpig.  Although I have not yet received any reports of the usual night time smallmouth bite that develops each summer along the LBL side of Kentucky Lake this pattern should start very soon if not already. 

This night time pattern is using black or purple spinnerbaits and jignpig along the pea gravel points and can be very hot action.  Some of the lures reported as working this week are Zoom lizards in watermelon/red, baby brush hogs in watermelon/red and watermelon seed with chartruese tails, Snoozer tubes in Road Kill Cammo, Bill Norman DD14 crankbaits in Tennesse Shad, Bandit cranbaits in rootbeer, and green pumpkin jignpig with strands of orange in the skirt.  
The Crappie should be considered slow for the most part on the old creek channel ledges on the main lake at the 20-25 ft levels although I have received two reports this week of good catches coming from within the bays of Blood River and Little River over the ledges there at 12-16ft levels.  The most productive technique seems to be using small minnows on bottom bouncing rigs.  
The White Bass are active near the turbine intakes at the dams where there is current present.  There has been very little jump activity reported this week because there has been no appreciable current generated.  Most of the fish are being taken by trolling small crankbaits and roostertails or by vertical jigging roostertails and small spoons along the river channel ledges.  
The Bluegill are active especially early and late around deep rocky banks and docks with brush cover.  These can be readily taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  
The Catfish are being caught both during the day and at night in rocky areas and also near creek channels by bottom fishing nightcrawlers, leeches, and dip baits.  
The lakes are busy on the weekends now with pleasure boats as well as anglers so drive defensively and be courteous.  

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The Homeplace
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The Single Pen Cabin is one of many historic buildings at the Homeplace 1850's working farm in Land Between The Lakes.