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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/14/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 357.10  Surface Temperature - 86
Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 357.10  Surface Temperature - 86
 
Heavy rains and windy conditions has made fishing challenging over the past couple of days having to dodge thunderstorms and high wind near the storms. The Largemouth Bass are on two primary patterns.  The Largemouth Bass are hitting early and late on the flats in the bays as they are feeding on large schools of shad fry.  

Topwater lures, spinnerbaits, rattletraps, as well as Texas rigged worms and tube baits fished near wood cover are taking good numbers of fish although most are below legal limit some good fish are being taken also.  There are also Largemouth Bass being taken on the main lake old creek channel and main river ledges.  These fish are best when there is current present which lately has been in the early afternoon.  These deeper fish can be taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, lizards, creature baits, and tubes as well as jignpig.  During periods of little or no generation these fish are being taken best by downsizing your soft plastic lures.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being caught along deep rocky creek channel banks with wood cover as well as on the main lake ledges.  The Smallmouth in the bays are feeding on the shad fry and crayfish.  The Smallmouth in the bays can be taken on Texas rigged tubes and small crankbaits.  The Smallmouth on the main lake ledges can be taken on the same baits as the Largemouth on the ledges.  
 
Some of the productive bass lures reported over the past few days are:  Snoozer's 2.75 tubes in smoke/purple, Snoozers 3.5 inch tubes in road kill cammo, black buzzbaits, Rebel Pop R in natural shad, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Berkley 10" Power Worms in blue fleck, Zoom Magnum worms in junebug, Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white, Norman DD14 in white, Bandit 200 series crankbait in rootbeer/chartruese,  and baby brush hogs in watermelon seed and green pumpkin with the tails dipped in chartruese dye.  
 
The White Bass were slow over the past couple of days as the winds made fishing for them on the main lakes tough.  This should turn around over the next day or two as the weather becomes more stable.  These fish can be taken in jumps early and late by casting small topwater popper baits, roostertails, and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.  During periods of surface activity these fish can be taken by vertically jigging roostertails and slab spoons along the main river ledges.  
 
The Crappie are very slow with little activity reported. 
 
The Bluegill are feeding along deep rocky creek channel banks and around docks with wood cover.  There has been a new mayfly hatch over the past couple of days and although not as numerous as the earlier hatches, the Bluegill can be easily caught feeding on them if you happen to come across a hatch.  Look for these hatches near willow trees in the bays.  The Bluegill can easily be caught by fishing with crickets or wax worms under bobbers.  Expect to find the deeper Bluegill on the rocky banks at the 6-8 ft levels.
 
The Catfish are being taken near the river channels in 25-35 ft of water by using large minnows and cut baits fished on bottom.  Periods of current makes the bite more productive.  

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Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.