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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/02/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.81   Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.00  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Both lakes have normal water clarity.  Water temperatures are climbing rapidly as we continue to experience day time highs in the 90's and night time lows in the high 70's.  Current on Kentucky Lake is running around 35,000 cfs in the mornings and then increasing to around 65,000 between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm the past few days.  

Lake Barkley is running a constant average current flow of 27,000 around the clock.  The forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is for daytime highs in the upper 90's with light winds.  Sunday through next week the forecast is for daytime highs in the low to mid 90's with light winds.  Make sure you take your sunscreen and plenty of cold water or favorite sports drink with you when you go out on the water.   
 
We still have a number of producing patterns on the Largemouth Bass.  More Largemouth are showing up on the ledges this week but the ledges are still not as productive with numbers of bigger fish as one would expect for this time in June, but over the past two days I have had more reports of some nice fish coming off the ledges  and my client today had some nice fish on a ledge.  We still have plenty of Largemouth in the creeks and bays also.  

One pattern that is working very good is fishing schools of spawning shad which started showing up in numbers late last week.  We are running into lots of schools of Largemouth feeding on these baitfish and have had some really big number days.  Although many of these fish are short fish, it is pretty easy to get a solid limit of keepers, actually it is pretty easy to get a number of limits of solid keepers once you locate a feeding school.  We have caught some of these fish on swim baits, spinnerbaits and jigs but hands down the best lures have been crankbaits fished under the baitfish schools with quite of few double hookups.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on main lake ledges.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and large worms, swim baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points, channel banks and along open water channels as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, jigs and shaky heads.  The Largemouth fishing is good for numbers of fish.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and tube jigs.  
 
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Strike King 6XD and 5XD in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Bandit 300 in rootbeer, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and sexy shad, Berkley 10" power worms in green pumpkin, Charmer 10" ribbon tail worms in green pumpkin, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slongs football head jigs in phantom and Cumberland craw, Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin, Big Hammer swimbaits in shad and bay smelt, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken along old creek channel ledges over brush and stumps in 10-17 ft of water by vertical presentations using small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles and also on jig/minnow combinations.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel and creek channel ledges on the main lake during current draw periods by vertical fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.

Some Whites are also being taken as they are feeding on schools of baitfish in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on small crankbaits and inline spinners under the schools of shad.   I have not received any reports of Whites in the jumps nor have I seen any.  
 
Bluegill/Red Ear:  Bluegills are being taken on rocky creek channel banks just off the spawning flats.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs slow rolled on bottom baited with worms.  Some Bluegill are still being taken around shallow brush and trees but the size is reported as small to medium sized.  Some Red Ears are being taken on gravel creek channel banks in the back halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on split shot rigs baited with small creature jigs tipped with worms.
 
Catfish:  I have not had any reports on the Catfish this week but we have caught a few on crankbaits under the shad schools in the creeks and bays.

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Kentucky Lake Sunset
Photo by Shawn Dunnaway

Sunsets at Kentucky Lake are special. You can find them on the eastern banks of Kentucky Lake looking west across a mile of ripples and waves. There's nothing quite like experiencing a sunset on Kentucky Lake.