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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/01/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 357.76   Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 357.75  Surface Temperature - 87
 
The lakes are on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  The lakes are presently at 2.25 ft below summer pool.  The Largemouth Bass are on two primary patterns.  There are Largemouth shallow feeding on schools of shad fry in the bays as well as Largemouth being taken on the main lake ledges.  The shallow fish are hitting topwater baits, small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms, lizards and tube baits fished near wood cover on the flats and on secondary points in the bays.  

The fish on the ledges are hitting Carolina and Texas rigged large worms and lizards, jignpig, and deep running crankbaits especially during periods when there is current present.  Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  buzzbaits in white and black, Zara Spooks in white and natural shad patterns, ProVise X wire spinnerbaits in blueglimmer, white, and white/chartruese, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Bandit 100 and 200 series crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Berkley Power worms in blue fleck and red shad, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin/chartruese, plum, and watermelon/red, Snoozer's tubes in smoke/purple and watermelon burst, Stanley casting jigs in black/blue with black or blue trailer, Norman DD14 and DD22 crankbaits in white, Tennessee shad, and Baby Bass, and Poe's 400 series crankbaits in purple/white/orange.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being caught on the main lake ledges during the day using the same lures as mentioned above for the ledge largemouth.  There are also Smallmouth being caught on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake at night by fishing the shallow main lake points.  These night Smallmouth are being taken on dark spinnerbaits in black, black/blue, and black/purple as well on jignpig in black/blue.  
 
The White Bass are very active with good catches being reported especially during periods of current generation.  These fish are being caught along the main river ledges and at the mouths of the creeks near the main rivers especially early and late in the day.  These fish can be caught when surface feeding by casting in line spinners such as roostertails, small crankbaits, and surface popping baits into the feeding schools.  When these fish are not feeding on the surface they can be caught by vertical jigging roostertails and slab spoons near bottom.  
 
The Crappie are reported to be slow with some few fish being caught in 15-25 ft of water on the main lake ledges over wood cover by vertically fishing small minnows and minnow/jig combinations.
 
The Bluegill are active on deep rocky banks on the main lake and near docks with wood cover.  These fish can be readily  taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
 
New Product Report:  Last week I received a number of new spinnerbaits in the mail for field testing.   I must admit that these are some of the best looking spinnerbaits I have seen come out in a long time.  I used some of them this week on the shallow fish patterns for largemouth mentioned above and found that the fish think they look good also.  

I was especially impressed with one of them that is in a pattern called blue glimmer....it has a white skirt that has just a hint of blue in it when it is in the water and is a very close imitation of the shad fry that the fish are feeding on right now.  I caught a number of nice bass on it and had a report of another person that has them having caught some good fish on them this week including a 4lb spotted bass.  

These spinnerbaits are made by Davis Bait Co. and the series is the ProVise X wire.  They come in all sizes up to 1.5 oz, use sampo ball bearings, Mustad Ultra Point hooks, have holographic, flutted willow, or colorado blade choices. (I was thowing the blue glimmer with the holographic willow blades)  The heads of the baits are color coordinated with the skirts and have holgraphic eyes.  The lures are made with a wire that is being called "X wire" and is touted to be stronger than stainless steel but still tunable.  I found that they are easily tunable.  

These spinnerbaits were introduced on the market this past week at the Bass Master's Classic and I do believe they are going to be a big hit on the tournament trails.  The exclusive marketer for these new lures in Kentucky is no other than Snoozer's Bait Co that makes the great tubes and hand poured plastics that have been so popular the past couple of years.  You can order these baits through Snoozer's Bait Co at 1-866-JIGNPIG (544-6744).

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Sunset
Photo by Nancy Smith

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