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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/25/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.37  Surface Temperature - 70

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.40  Surface Temperature - 69
Both lakes are about 1.3 feet over summer pool.  The water clarity on Lake Barkley was stained over all with some creeks clear or clearing, but that may have changed in some creeks this afternoon as we received nearly two inches of rain locally here today.  The water clarity on Kentucky Lake ranges from clear to stained in the creeks and bays to stained on the main lake.  

We had a lot of rain and south quadrant winds today with some embedded thunderstorms and the forecast for tomorrow (Friday) appears to be more of the same.  The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is for highs in the mid 80's on Saturday and low 90's on Sunday with sunny skies and light south winds.  Don't forget your cold drinks and sun tan lotion this weekend, you are going to need them if the forecast is correct.  Most of next week's forecast is calling for more near 90 degree weather and sunny skies too.  
Overall the Largemouth fishing this week has been very good with only one day of high pressure in which it felt like a slow bite but actually was more of an average bite, but seemed slow because the other days was so good.  Although we have been catching the Largemouth from shallow to deep on a myriad of patterns and lures, the best pattern by far has been crankbaits, both medium running on creek channel banks and secondary points and deep divers on deep main lake points and on ledges in the creeks and bays. 

The medium running crankbait pattern has been producing big numbers of fish, mostly short fish but also a good number of respectable keepers, and the deep crankbait pattern has been producing the larger fish, both Largemouth and Smallmouth. The shad are starting to spawn and the fish are reacting to it. A number of 80-100 fish days were reported on this pattern this past week including some in my boat.

As a note of interest, on Tuesday we boated a good number of large Crappie on crankbaits up feeding on the shad on secondary rocky and rip rap points while bass fishing.  Another good lure that has been producing over the past week is a new jig made by Slong's.  They call it a flat top jig and I field tested it for them a couple weeks ago with very good success and this past week it was catching fish on the points and banks when the fish were taking a break on the crankbait.  

I, no doubt, have found a new jig for my jig arsenal and recommend you stop by The Cabin Bait and Tackle to pick some up or order some (they were disappearing off the shelves there this week pretty fast).  My favorite color this week in case your interested was the Phantom color and I have been using a green pumpkin Net Baits Baby Paca Craw as a trailer.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns.  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as in the creeks and bays on ledges, secondary points and associated creek channel banks.  These fish are being taken on deep and medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.   

Largemouth are also being taken on the spawning flats near the brush as some fish are still on late prespawn and some are spawning.  Within the last week I noted 3 fish over 6 lbs and a few in the 3-4 lbs range that were still full of eggs that we took in the shallows.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on ledges in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Although the numbers of fish have not been great, some very nice Smallmouth have been taken over the past week in the 5 to 6 lbs range.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Slong's spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse,  Crankbaits:  Rapala DT series in parrot, Norman DD series in paradise shad, Strike King chartreuse sexy shad series 5 and 6, Bandits 200 and 300 in black/red, red speckled back and rootbeer/chartreuse.  Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Slong's flathead jig in phantom and Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin on D&L shaky head jigs.
Bluegill/Redear:  Bluegill and Red Ear are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays around wood cover and on gravel bars by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and also with split shot rigs  fished on bottom baited with worms and plastic bodied panfish jigs.  Some good catches are being reported.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on shallow rocky banks and flats by fishing with nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  Some good catches are being reported.
No doubt the fishing is good here on the big lakes right now and this has been evident by all the anglers on the lakes this week.  

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.