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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/03/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.45  Surface Temperature - 80
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  We have had some hot weather this past week with highs near 90 each day and humid conditions due to a low pressure center that has been holding just to the northwest of the lakes area giving us a southerly flow of air and humidity.  

We have been experiencing afternoon thunderstorms just about every day this week with some of these storms being locally severe with high winds, heavy downpours and cloud to ground lightning.  Anglers should be very aware and watch the skies for approaching thunderstorms and not wait too late to seek shelter.  Some of these storms are fast movers.  

It is a good idea to keep a weather radio handy to get the latest warnings from the National Weather Service.  The forecast for tomorrow and through the weekend is for more warm weather with highs in the upper 80's to low 90's and a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day.  Another low pressure center is forecasted to move through the lakes area sometime late Saturday or early Sunday and one can expect more storms with this passage.  
The TVA has been generating current most days late in the morning and during the afternoon with the hotter weather and the Largemouth have been responding on the ledges as one would expect.  The ledge fishing has been very good with large numbers of fish being taken.  Lots of smaller fish are being taken but some very good fish are also being taken, especially during the periods of current flow.  

There are still some Largemouth being taken shallow, especially early and late in the day and there are still some good numbers being taken on the creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays as more late spawners are making their way toward the deeper water.  One still has a choice of patterns to fish, but the ledges have been the hot ticket this week and should only get better as more hungry post spawn fish work their way out to deeper water.  

Some good Smallmouth are also being taken on the ledges during the day but I am starting to receive reports that the Smallmouth bite at night is getting started with a number of reports of some good fish being taken.  The Smallmouth are notorious for feeding at night here during the warm weather months so if you like to fish at night to get out of the heat of the day, be aware that this pattern is heating up.  The White Bass are also getting very active and I have seen quite a few surface jumps this week, especially around the mouths of the bays and on flats adjacent to the old creek and river channels on the main lake.

Although many of the jumps I am seeing appear to be smaller fish, I am also seeing some nice fish in the jumps also now and then.  No doubt these jumps are due to the current being generated also.  Some folks are still taking some good catches of Bluegill in the shallows and the Channel Catfish are still being taken in good numbers around rocky banks and on rocky flats.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points, creek and river channel ledges on the main lakes as well as the old creek channel ledges around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and large worms, spinnerbaits, swim baits, jigs and shaky heads.  

Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and large worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are still being taken shallow, especially early and late in the day near the buck brush on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.  Most of these shallow fish are males guarding the nests but I have received a few reports of some good females still being taken also.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on primary points, creek channel ledges and river channel ledges on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and large worms, shaky heads and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken at night on main lake points and the first secondary points in the deeper bays on Kentucky Lake.  These fish are being taken on large dark colored spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, jigs and tube jigs. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in white, black and white/chartreuse, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Yozuri Pop n Splash in ghost/chartreuse,  Rapala DT 16 and DT20 in parrot and grey pearl shiner, Norman DD22 in blue/chartreuse and white, Bomber Fat Free Shad in citrus shad,  Bandit 200 and 300 in rootbeer, rootbeer/chartreuse and splatterback, Rapala DT 10 in parrot and black/silver, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Xcite magnus 10" shaky head worm in plum and green pumpkin/blue, Charmer Timber Dawg and Timber Pup in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple and road kill,  Slong's spinnerbait's in blue glimmer, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Missouri craw and Slong's flathead jig in phantom.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on flats adjacent to the old creek channel and river channel ledges on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.  White Bass are also being taken while surface feeding in these areas by casting inline spinners, small topwater poppers and small crankbaits into the surface feeding schools.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays and in the shallow coves by fishing with crickets and meal worms under bobbers near wood cover and on gravel bars.  These fish are also being taken on split shot rigs fished on bottom baited with worms and panfish jigs tipped with worms.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on rocky banks and rocky flats by fishing with nightcrawlers and shrimp/leech combinations under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  Good catches are being reported.  

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