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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/09/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.64  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.75  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are a little over one half foot above summer pool.  The unseasonable heat wave continued through this week with heat advisories every day.  We had flat water most of the week with only one day this past week with a nice breeze.  The forecast is calling for this to continue until a cool front passes through the area sometime Saturday.  

Temperatures next week are calling for high's in the mid to upper 80's with a slight chance of isolated and scattered thunderstorms each day.  These temperatures are still a little above what we normally have this time in June, but will certainly feel much better than the excessive heat we have been having.  Remember to take your sunscreen and plenty of water or favorite sports drinks with you on the water and stay hydrated.  
The Largemouth bite on the ledges has been fair to good this week depending on the day.  The TVA is pulling a little current on Kentucky Lake during the day around 30,000 cfs starting around 9:00 a.m.  The current was not stepped up in the afternoon like it was last week so the afternoon bite has slowed considerably until later in the evening hours when the water is starting to cool a little.  

The morning bite has been good most mornings with only one or two mornings of only a fair bite.  There are still Largemouth feeding on baitfish in the creeks and bays, especially early in the morning.  Most of these fish are being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and channel banks.  There is some early and late topwater bite around schools of fry in the back halves of the creeks and bays on secondary points and near the mouths of the creeks. 

The White Bass anglers are reporting a fair to good bite this week with the better bite being early and late in the day.  We had a few mayfly hatches this week and Bluegill anglers reported some nice catches early in the morning around these hatches.  There are still some Bluegills hanging around the nesting areas but I would expect there will be more showing up as the full moon approaches and the Bluegills go through another spawning period next week.  

Most of the Bluegills being taken around the spawning areas at this time are smaller but still more than good enough to take home according to the reports I have received.  I received two reports of some nice Crappie being taken around deeper lighted docks at night over brush piles.  This is a pattern overlooked by many Crappie anglers during the summer months but has always been a productive one.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays and on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  This bite is being reported as best early.  

These early morning feeders are taking deep and medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged worms and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are being taken on secondary points in the back of the bays as well as near the creek mouths early and late in the day on topwater lures.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on creek and river channel ledges on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken early and late in the day on main lake points on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Strike King series 6 XD crankbaits in sexy shad and Tennessee shad,  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Strike King rodents in Amistad special, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and green pumpkin orange flake, Slong's jigs in phantom and black/blue with matching trailers, Berkley 10" worms in green pumpkin and junebug, Charmer 10" ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon purple, Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on creek channel ledges around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake in 10-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with minnows and jig/minnow combinations.  Some Crappie are also being taken at night around lighted deeper docks over brush piles with minnows under bobbers.  
Bluegills:  Bluegills are being taken on shallow flats in front of the buck brush on crickets and worms fished under bobbers as well as on small creature jigs tipped with worms fished on split shot rigs slow rolled on the bottom.  Some Bluegills have been taken around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees in the bays early and late in the day.  These hatches have been small so far but expect these to increase in size and frequency very soon.

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Eagle Eye View
Photo by Ray Stainfield

This eagle has "puffed up" his feathers to appear more threatening. He hopes to intimidate a nearby enemy.