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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/11/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.53  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 77
 
Both lakes are one half foot over summer pool and on a slow draw down to summer pool.  The Largemouth Bass fishing remains very good on both lakes with most of the fish being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  

The Bassmaster Elite Series finished their tournament over the past weekend and the winning weight totaled over 97lbs for 4 days of fishing (5 fish per day).  The Wal Mart FLW Tour tournament began today and the leading weight for 5 fish after day one is over 24 lbs.  with thirteen 5 fish bags over 20lbs.  If you have never fished the ledges on these lakes in the summer time, now is the time to learn and get in on some of this fun offshore fishing.  

The summer White Bass fishing is picking up with good catches being reported on both lakes.  We have a cold front moving over the area this evening and it is projected to stall over the area for the next few days.  The forecast for Friday and though out the weekend is for highs in the mid 80's, high humidity and a chance for thunderstorms each day.  Some of these storms may be severe, so if you are planning on being on the lakes this weekend, you should keep an eye on the sky and be ready to move to safety if needed.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old creek channel and river ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being caught on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, shaky head worms, drop shot rigs, jigs and spoons.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken on the primary points and on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged large worms and creature baits, shaky head worms, jigs and tube jigs.  Some Largemouth are being taken shallow in the creeks and bays, especially  early and late in the day near grass beds and wood cover on topwater lures, spinnerbaits,  lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on primary points and main lake secondary points on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Some good Smallmouth are also being taken during the day on old river channel and creek channel ledges on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  

A good night bite on the Smallmouth is being reported on spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs by fishing rocky points on the main lake and on rocky secondary points in the mouths of the bays on Kentucky Lake.  The reports indicate that the spinnerbait bite has been the best bite.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Zoom horny toads in white and green pumpkin swirl, Rapala DT series crankbaits in green shad, parrot and grey pearl shad, MOAB Rapala DT 16 in custom painted bluegill, Norman deep diving crankbaits in paradise shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Booyah spinnerbaits in black and black/purple with large Colorado blade (night fishing),  Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Charmer 10.5" worms in plum, Berkley 12" power worms in plum, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin/candy, Strike King sexy spoons in silver and shad patterns, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and D&L football head jigs in Herrington craw and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on flats adjacent to the old creek and river channels on the main lake as well as on the associated ledges.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and jigging spoons.  

Some Rockfish are being taken by these anglers in the same areas fishing the same lures.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons on deep diving crankbaits with hooks removed and attaching the lures on a following leader.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on the old river channels and creek channels on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leaches.  Some Channel Catfish are still being taken on rocky banks and rocky flats on night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs, these are Catfish that are still spawning.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken in 5-10 ft of water off the spawning beds around wood cover and along rocky banks.  Bluegill are also being taken around docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fish under bobbers and on split shot rigs fished on bottom.
 
FLASH:  The Wal Mart FLW Tour final two day weigh-ins will be held at the Regional Events Center located on the Murray State University campus in Murray, Ky on Saturday and Sunday.  The Wal Mart Fun Zone is located there both days with lots of great things to see and do, especially for the kids.  
 
If you are in need of a bass guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction, don't hesitate to give me a call to book one of my open dates.  

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.