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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/24/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.57  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.70  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  The heat wave has continued this week in the lakes area with daytime highs in mid to upper 90's and afternoon heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees.  Heat advisories have been issued each day this week.  A weak cold front passed over the area this afternoon and tomorrow's temperatures are forecasted to be in the low 90's and less humidity so this will be a welcome break.  

The forecast for the weekend is for more hot and humid weather on Saturday and Sunday with high's in the 90's but the forecast for next week is calling for high's in the upper 80's.  If you are venturing on the lakes this weekend, make sure you have plenty of cold water to drink and stay hydrated.  
Although the weather has been hot, the Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be good this past week.  We have had some nice catches on the ledges this week with many reported bags of the best 5 fish weighing over 20lbs.  Normally I do not mention my clients names in my reports but this week I am going to make an exception.  

I had two young folks in my boat this week that had such good catches for young folks that I told them I would mention them.  The first young person I would like to mention is Mary Louise.  I the pleasure of having this petite 11 year old young lady in my boat on Monday.  I will have you know that this young lady had a total weight of over 21 lbs on her best 5 fish caught with a big fish of 6.5 lbs.  To catch that kind of bag is an accomplishment for the best of adult anglers and this young lady showed that she can fish with the best of them.  

The second young person I would like to mention is Alex.  Alex is an intelligent and enthusiastic young angler at the age of 14.  Alex managed to catch two very nice fish on Tuesday, one being over 7lbs and one being an 8lb monster. I would like to once again congratulate these two young bass anglers on such fine catches and would like to encourage all parents and grandparents to take their kids fishing.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, swim baits, jigs and shaky heads.  

Some very nice fish are being taken on the deep water pattern.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken early in the day on topwater lures, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits as they are feeding on schools of spring fry.  Some Largemouth are also being taken during the day in shallow water, near wood cover on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and shaky heads as they are feeding on fry.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.  Smallmouth are also being taken at night on main lake points and the first secondary points in the deeper bays on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Some nice catches are being reported on the night bite.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Strike King Series 6 XD crankbaits in chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 and DT 20 in parrot, bluegill and green shad, Norman DD22 in blue/chartreuse, Bomber fat free shad in chartreuse shad, Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri pop n splash in ghost lemon, Slong's spinnerbait and chatterbait in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail and gator tail in plum, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Xcite magnus worm in plum and green pumpkin/blue on Xloc shaky head jigs, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue on Slong's shaky head jigs and Slongs football head jigs in voodoo with Net Baits trailer.   

Night lures:  Booyah and Strong Arm spinnerbaits in black/blue and black/red, Last Cast hairy bug jigs in black/blue with matching Net baits trailer and Charmer tubes in road kill.
White Bass:  White Bass fishing is being reported as good with nice catches coming in to the cleaning stations.  These fish are being taken in the jumps as they are surface feeding on schools of young shad on the flats near the old river channels and creek channels as well as around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  

These surface feeding fish are being taken on inline spinners, small spoons and small topwater popping lures thrown into the feeding schools.  

White Bass are also being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits as well as by fishing vertically with the inline spinners, small spoons and minnow rigs.  

Additionally, White Bass are being taken around mayfly hatches early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on small curly tail jigs and inline spinners cast around the mayfly hatches which can be located near overhanging trees on the main lake and in the bays.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken around wood cover on rocky creek channel banks as well as around docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  Bluegills are also being taken around mayfly hatches early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers as well as small panfish jigs.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old creek and river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by fishing with bottom bouncing rigs baited with leech/shrimp combinations and on bottom rigs baited with cut baits, large minnows and shrimp/leech combinations.

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