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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/13/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 364.32  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 364.50  Surface Temperature - 68
 
Both lakes are about 5 and one half feet over summer pool and dropping at the rate of a little over one foot a day.  The lakes should be back at normal summer pool levels by early next week.
 
What a week it has been, a near record flood with waters now receding all week and four days of small craft warnings on the lakes due to high south winds.  Most of the creeks and bays are still muddy but some of the creeks on Kentucky Lake did not totally muddy up in the flood even though they were and still are heavily stained.  I was on North Barkley today and yesterday and most of the creeks there are still muddy but some are just heavily stained and even one creek I was in was clearing up very quickly.  

One would think all this put together would make for some tough bass fishing conditions, but overall the Largemouth fishing has been good this week.  We spent most of the past week either fishing the staging banks and secondary points or working the flooded over brush in the backs of the creeks and bays.  

We have been catching a good number of smaller fish but we also have getting some nice fish in the 3-6 lb range. In the FLW American Series tournament which started today, a lot of good 5 fish limits were weighed in.  Some of the bigger fish we have been catching are post spawn as one would expect this late in May, but a good number of the bigger fish were females full of eggs and some of them had little or no signs of tail rubbing as of yet.  

Of course our water temperatures are below normal and in the spawning range and with the lake being pulled down now, I would expect we are going to see a number of late spawning Largemouth later this month.  The pan fishing folks have been reporting some good catches of Red Ear and Bluegill this week also but like the bass, the folks doing well are backing out a little deeper as the water drops in the backs of the creeks and bays.  

The folks fishing for Catfish have been having some good days also with the Channel Catfish moving shallow to feed on all the worms and such that have become available with the flood waters.  Although we do not have nearly as much floating debris in the water now as we did early in the week, one still needs to be careful as there are still some pretty good sized logs and wood debris present, so be watchful as you are running the lakes.  One needs to be aware also, that some of the channel marker buoys are either out of place or missing from the floods so if you are not familiar with the channels, you should exercise caution.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken by anglers flipping jigs and soft plastics around the brush and around trees in the backs of the creeks and bays.  Largemouth are also being taken by anglers fishing the flooded over brush, especially near the creek channel mouths with spinnerbaits, Texas and Florida rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes, shaky heads and jigs.  Largemouth are also have been taken this week on staging banks and secondary points with Carolina rigged lizards, creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  

Overall the Largemouth fishing has been good this week.  Bass anglers need to be ready each day to adjust to the dropping water levels.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Although I have not received a lot of reports on the Smallmouth, those I did receive indicated that Smallmouth were being taken on secondary points near the mouths of the creeks and bays on jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads.  Normally with the heavy current we have been having, one would expect a number of reports of Smallmouth being taken on the main lake current breaks, but I think most people have been avoiding fishing these areas due to the muddy water present on the main lakes.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week were:  Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits paca chunk and baby paca craw trailers, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Slong's spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Zoom lizards in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms and Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin on D&L shaky head jigs.
 
Bluegill/Red Ear:  Bluegill and Red Ears are being taken in the creeks and bays near the flooded over brush and gravel bars.  The Bluegill are taking crickets and worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs fished on bottom with soft plastic pan fish jigs tipped with worms.  The Red Ear are being taken on split shot rigs fished on bottom, especially on the gravel bars with worms and soft plastic pan fish jigs tipped with worms.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on banks where grass has been flooded over and on shallow rocky banks with nightcrawlers fished both under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  Good catches are being reported.

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