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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/10/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.50  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.65  Surface Temperature - 81
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  The ledge bite for the Largemouth Bass continues to be very good on the lakes with good numbers of fish being taken.  We are still getting lots of smaller fish but also some nice fish in the 3-5 lbs range and occasionally some larger fish.  

This good bite is evident in the BASS Elite series tournament which is currently being held here with 50th place averaging almost 15lbs per day over the first two days of the tournament and the leader having an average of almost 25lbs per day.  The Bluegill anglers are still having a good bite in the shallow water with good catches coming in daily.  

The White Bass are active and anglers are coming in with some nice fish to the cleaning stations.  I have seen quite a few surface feeding White Bass this week when there is current present.  Catfish anglers are likewise doing very well on the Channel Catfish.  One has to just love the fishing in June here on the big lakes as there is something biting good for all anglers to enjoy.   
The weather has been hot this week with highs reaching the upper 80's and lower 90's with high humidity levels.  We have had a warm front parked just to the north and west of us here this week and as a result have seen numerous thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and early evening hours.  

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high chance of thunderstorms and south winds as an upper level low disturbance comes through the area.  The wind tomorrow is forecasted to be around 15 mph from the south with possible gusts in the 25 mph range tomorrow afternoon.  The forecast for the weekend is more continued hot and humid weather and a chance of thunderstorms each day.  Boaters need to keep an eye out for these storms as they have been producing locally high winds and some dangerous lightning when they come through the area.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the creek and river channel ledges on the main lake and in 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, heavy spinnerbaits, spoons, jigs, shaky heads and drop shot rigs. The ledge bite has been very good this week. 

Largemouth Bass are also being taken on primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken early and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and lipless crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes during the day on deep diving crankbaits, shaky heads and jigs.  Although the numbers have not been great, some good fish are being taken.  The Smallmouth are also being taken at night on main lake rocky points and banks as well as on secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These night time feeders are being taken on dark skirted spinnerbaits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  Some good catches are being reported.  Largemouth are also being taken at night on this pattern.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Yozuri pop n splash in ghost lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and grey pearl shiner, Norman DD22 in blue/chartreuse, Strike King series 5 and 6 in chartreuse sexy shad, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue chrome, Strike King spoons in sexy shad, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in green pumpkin and plum, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom trick worms and Charmer shaky head worms on shaky head rigs in green pumpkin, Xcite 10 inch magnus worms in plum and green pumpkin blue on X Loc shaky head jigs and Slongs flat head jigs and football head jigs in phantom and voodoo.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the flats adjacent to the old creek and river channel ledges as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  White Bass are also being taken along the old creek and river channel ledges when not up chasing baitfish on the flats.  The shallow fish are being taken in the jumps by casting inline spinners and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays near wood cover and also on the shallow gravel bars.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers and also on split shot rigs baited with worms and panfish jigs tipped with worms slow rolled on bottom.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on rocky points and banks on nightcrawlers and shrimp/leech combinations fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  

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