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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/26/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 358.9   Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 359.1  Surface Temperature - 83
The lake levels are holding at or very near summer pool and there is little current being generated.  The Largemouth Bass are established on summer patterns and can be found on main lake points, creek channel ledges, humps, and river ledges.  There is some early morning bite on the tops of the ledges using stick baits and buzzbaits.  

The majority of these fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged lizards, worms, creature baits and tubes as well as deep running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jignpig.  Some of the lures reported as being successful this week are:  Zoom 6" and 8" lizards in plum and watermelon/red, Zoom brush hogs and baby brush hogs in watermelon and watermelon/red, Berkley power 10" power worms in blue fleck, Snoozer 5.5" tubes and 3.5 " tubes in Road Kill Cammo, Zara Spooks in white, white and black buzzbaits, Norman DD14 in Tennessee Shad, Poe's 400 in Blue/White, Strike King Elite Pro spinnerbait in white/chartruese with silver tinsel, black/blue jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass can be found on the main lake points and also on the ledges.  The Smallmouth are also being caught on Carolina and Texas rigged baby brush hogs, Snoozer 5.5" and 3.5" inch tubes, Zara Spooks, Norman DD14 in Tennesse Shad and jignpig.  

These lures are all in the same colors as mentioned for Largemouth.  The ledge fish are mixing in with the Largemouth on the ledges and a lot of mixed bags are being caught on the same lures.   I have received a couple of reports that the Smallmouth are now hitting at night on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake on the peagravel points.  These fish are taking jignpig and black and purple spinnerbaits.  
The White Bass are active near the turbine intakes of both lakes and are taking roostertails and slab spoons.  There are very few jumps on the main lake as there is little current being pulled.  There are a number of fish being taken along the ledges by trolling crankbaits and roostertails.  Some of the reported working colors of the roostertails is:  orange with silver body, white with silver body, purple with purple/chartruese body.  Crankbaits in natural shad colors are working.
The Crappie are being caught on the main lake ledges in the 20" range on bottom bouncing rigs and also there is a better bite being reported in some creeks such as:  Blood River, Big Sandy River, and Little River along the creek channel ledges in 12-16 ft of water using small jigs tipped with crappie nibbles and live minnows fished on vertical lines.  
The Willow Flys are hatching in big numbers now and the Bluegills as well as other panfish can be easily caught early in the day as these insects are emerging using crickets and wax worms.  Flyrods with poppers are working also.  
Some Catfish are still being reportedly being caught around rocky areas on live nightcrawlers and leeches but best reports have them coming from nearer the river channel in 15-20 ft of water using cut baits, nightcrawlers, large minnows, and leeches.  
The days are getting hot on the water now and you should take plenty of water out with you.  Although it is uncomfortable in the heat, some good bass can be caught during this period as this is when what little current is being generated happens. 

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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.