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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/04/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 75
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Both lakes rose to one foot over summer pool earlier this week but have been drawn back down over the past couple of days.  As I mentioned last week, the Largemouth Bass bite on the ledges has been very good, especially when the current is present.  It is pretty easy to catch numbers of fish on the ledges and although many of these fish are short of the legal limit, we are also catching a good number of quality fish on the ledges too.  

This good ledge fishing this week was exemplified yesterday at the BASS Elite Series weigh-in when the top weight was 29lbs and 31 bags were weighed in over 20lbs.  Now if that does not prove that we have a world class fishery here, nothing will.  We are also getting some bonus nice Smallmouth on the ledges with the current being drawn this past week.  

Although they are not in big numbers, the Smallmouth we have taken have been quality fish.  I have received a couple of reports of some nice Smallmouth now being taken at night on Kentucky Lake on large dark colored spinnerbaits so for those of you that like to night fish, it seems the summer night Smallmouth fishing has begun.  

I have also received a number of reports of a number of White Bass now being taken on the flats adjacent to the river channels so the summer White Bass fishing is starting to heat up too.  The present weather forecast for the weekend looks good with party sunny to sunny skies, light winds and virtually no chance of rain.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old creek channel and river ledges around the mouths of the deeper bays and on the main lakes with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged worms, ledge spinnerbaits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the secondary points and creek channel banks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged worms and creature baits and jigs. 

Some Largemouth are also still being taken shallow near the buck brush and vegetation on topwater lures early and late in the day, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.  The ledge fishing has been very good this past week.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points and on the old river and creek channel ledges around the mouths of the deeper bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  Smallmouth Bass are also being taken at night on rocky main lake primary and secondary points with dark colored spinnerbaits and jigs on Kentucky Lake.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon pearl, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom horny toads in white and green pumpkin pearl, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot, green shad and grey pearl shiner and bluegill, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer and paradise shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Gambler mega daddy in green pumpkin, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Net Baits mad paca in green pumpkin, Charmer 10.5 " worm in plum, Berkley 10" power worm in plum and red shad, Jewel football head jig in gourd/craw, D&L football head jig in Herrington craw and Cumberland craw and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the flats adjacent to the river ledges in 10- 12 ft of water by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling with deep diving crankbaits with an inline spinner or small spoon on a trailing leader.  
Bluegill:  Although some Bluegill are still being taken around shallow beds, most of these fish are now being taken in deeper water banks off the spawning areas in 8-12 ft of water by fishing with worms under bobbers and on small jigs tipped with worms around wood cover.  Bluegill are also being taken around docks with wood cover on worms fished under bobbers.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are still being taken on shallow rocky flats in the creeks and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  Some Channel Catfish are also being taken along the old creek channels in the creeks and bays on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp combinations.

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Remarkable Sunset
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.