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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/26/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.28  Surface Temperature - 74

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.60  Surface Temperature - 74
Both lakes are just a few inches above summer pool.  We have had some very warm days with little wind over the past few days and this has resulted in the base water temperatures rising about 4 degrees since last weeks report.  More shad are starting to transition to the ledges and the ledge bite, which has been good in the mouths of the creeks and bays is getting better and the ledges on the main lakes are now starting to produce more fish.  

We still have plenty of shad in the creeks and bays also so the bite on the creek channel banks and secondary points is still good also.  We also still have some Largemouth still shallow on the beds too since many of the Largemouth that were starting to spawn were pulled off with the big water drawdown we had after the flood.  So, as you can see, you can take your pick of patterns right now on any given day, but the deeper water bite is coming on strong and good numbers of hungry post spawn ledge fish being taken with some very nice fish being taken as well as big numbers of smaller fish.  

Overall I would rate the Largemouth fishing over the past week as very good with only one day of slower bite due to high pressure, blue skies, little current and flat water.  One noticeable increase in the bite has been the Smallmouth now cruising the ledges and some nice Smallmouth have been taken off the ledges this week as well as on deep main lake points.  

The numbers of Smallmouth being reported are not great, but the overall size of the fish being taken has been good.  Bluegill anglers and Channel Catfish anglers are reporting very good catches in the shallows this week.  There has also been reported and increase in the White Bass activity around the creek channel ledges and nearby flats on the main lakes.  I have yet to see any of these fish in the jumps but it would not surprise me to start seeing some in the near future.  
The weather forecast for the coming holiday weekend looks great with highs in the mid to upper 80's with sunny skies and lows in the upper 60's.  There will undoubtedly be a lot of boaters on the lakes this weekend so please drive your boat defensively, be courteous to your fellow boaters and anglers and make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and cold water or your favorite sport drink available.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns this past week.  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged worms and creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are still being taken shallow on the flats near the brush.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, floating worms rigged whacky style and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on primary points and ledges on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Some nice fish are being taken but not large numbers.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Rapala deep diving DT series crankbaits in parrot and grey pearl shiner, Bomber fat free shad in citrus, Norman DD 22 in blue/chartreuse, Strike King series 5 and 6 crankbaits in chartreuse sexy shad, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum on Carolina and Texas rigs, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin,  Xcite Magnus shaky head worm in plum on xloc jig heads, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms rigged whacky style in green pumpkin, Slong's flat head jigs in dark green pumpkin and Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along creek channel ledges and adjacent flats on the main lake by vertical fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are now being taken by anglers slow trolling inline spinners behind crankbaits along the creek channel ledges.
Bluegill/Redear:  Bluegills are being taken in the backs of the bays and in the backs of coves in shallow water by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers as well as split shot rigs slow rolled on bottom with worms and small jigs tipped with worms.  Bluegill fishing has been reported as very good this week.
Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on shallow rocky points, banks and flats by fishing with nightcrawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  Some nice catches are making their way to the cleaning stations.  

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