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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/28/2009

May 28, 2009
 
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.35  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.20  Surface Temperature - 73
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  The weather forecast for the coming weekend looks good with highs in the mid to upper 80's.  It could be somewhat breezy on Saturday with a current forecast of winds from the WSW at 13.  You should always check the latest wind forecasts before venturing on the lake as these tend to change quite frequently.  

The Largemouth Bass are still being taken in shallow water as well as on post spawn points and banks but the big news this week is that there are a lot of Largemouth now showing up on the ledges.  These fish started showing up in good numbers last week and every day it seems more good fish are now on the ledges.  We have had some great days this week and late last week on the ledges. 

These ledge fish are hungry from the spawn and a lot of folks are reporting getting into schools of feeding fish.  Good numbers of Bluegill and Red Ears are still being taken back shallow in the creeks and bays.  Many have spawned already but there are still reports of good spawning fish to be taken.  The Channel Catfish are being taken in good numbers also on the shallow rocky flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays as they are on a prespawn/spawning feed.  
 
Largemouth  Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old creek channel and river ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, heavy spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky head worms and jigs.  There are still fish shallow around the buck brush and although many are buck bass some good fish are still being taken as a result of a late spawn this year.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, shaky head worms and jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points as well as on river channel ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, tube jigs and jigs.  The best bite has been reported as early and late in the day.  

I am still not receiving any reports of big numbers of Smallmouth but have received reports of good one and two fish catches here and there.  The Smallmouth should be starting to feed at night, which is normal for them during the summer months but I have yet to receive any reports from night anglers.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash it in ghost lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in pearl grey shiner, green shad and parrot (the new DT 20 crankbaits are working big time on the ledges), Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Hook Some Bass ledge spinnerbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, Berkley 10" power worms in red shad, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/red and green pumpkin candy, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue, D&L advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin and Missouri craw.  
 
Bluegill/Red Ear:  Bluegill and Red Ear are being taken in shallow water near buck brush and grass beds on crickets fished under bobbers, spider jigs dragged on beds and split shot rigs baited with worms reeled slowly across beds.  
 
Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on rocky shallow flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom as well as on cut baits fished on bottom rigs.

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!