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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/21/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.98  Surface Temperature - 70

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.00  Surface Temperature - 69
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown to summer pool.  We should reach summer pool levels over the weekend.  Both lakes have been drawn down 4 ft since my report last week.  This drawdown pulled many of the late prespawn Largemouth out of the brush so there are still quite a few shallow fish yet to spawn.  With the low water temperatures this spring and the water level fluctuations we have experienced, the Largemouth spawn has been spread out longer than usual.

Some fish have spawned and are on post spawn patterns, some are on the beds and some are still yet to move up to spawn.  This means you have a myriad of patterns.  You have fish on the lead in/lead out banks off the spawning areas (both prespawn and post spawn), post spawn fish on the ledges and fish in the button brush spawning.  I spent most of this week doing ledge teaching trips and focusing on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  

There are a good number of fish starting to show up on some of the ledges but there will be more fish transitioning to the ledges as soon as the bigger shad schools start moving to deeper water over the next week or two.  Today we caught fish both in front of the button brush back shallow and fish on ledges dropping into 30 ft deep creek channels, so take your pick of patterns and have some fun this coming week.  

Bluegill and Shellcracker anglers have been cleaning up this week despite the drawdown.  They are having to adjust depths with the water dropping but there are plenty of spawning and prespawn Bluegill and Shellcrackers being taken in shallow water.  Catfish anglers are reporting good catches on rocky areas of prespawn Channel Catfish.  
The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks good with temperature reaching the 80's and only a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms each day.  The weather has been beautiful this past few days and should continue to be so through the weekend.  Folks are already showing up for the holiday weekend so expect a lot of boats out there on the water this weekend.  Please use caution with the crowded waters and be courteous to your fellow boaters and anglers.  

Take some time this weekend to remember our fallen heroes and heroines.  These folks gave their all so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have.  I salute my brothers and sisters still serving and those that have served (for those of you that are not aware, I am retired from the military myself).  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns.  Largemouth are being taken shallow in and near the button brush by flipping jigs and tubes, some on topwater (especially early and late in the day), Texas rigging lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, dead sticked worms and shaky head worms.  Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits, medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and worms, tube jigs and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on some of the ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays on  deep diving crankbaits, spoons, Texas and Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs, finesse jigs and curly tail grubs.  No numbers of these fish are being reported but some nice fish are being taken.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Yozuri spash it poppers in ghost lemon, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Rapala DT series lures in parrot, black silver and bluegill, Lucky Craft crankbaits in chartreuse/rootbeer, Bandit crankbaits in parrot and rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Strike King sexy spoons in silver, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/red, green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw, Last Cast wooly bug jig in green pumpkin and D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw.  
Crappie:  Some Crappie are still being taken over brush piles in 12-20 ft of water on old creek channels.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows.
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  Good catches of these tasty fish are being taken in shallow water near the button brush and willow trees as well as on gravel banks off the spawning areas.  They are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers, worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom and spider jigs slow reeled on bottom.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on the rocky flats in the creeks and bays as well as on shallow rocky shoreline areas on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom.

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Photo by Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.