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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/24/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.57  Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.70  Surface Temperature - 76
 
Both lakes are about one and one half feet below summer pool and has had little change over the past week.  Kentucky Dam has been varying generation from around 6,000 cfs to a peak of around 25,000 cfs in the heat of the day.  Barkley Dam has been generating at around 6,000 cfs around the clock over the past couple of days.    
 
This holiday weekend marks the beginning of the summer boating season and heavy lake traffic is expected.  Please be courteous to other boaters and anglers and most of all, drive defensively and let's make this an accident free holiday weekend both on the water and off.  

The weather forecast for the weekend can be summed up in one word:  HOT.  Daytime highs ranging in the upper 90's with a triple digit forecast of 100 for Sunday.  Make sure you drink plenty of water and don't forget that sunblock.  The next chance of rain if forecasted for Tuesday with a frontal passage and a drop in daytime highs back to the mid to high 80's for the remainder of the work week.  
 
Please take a little time out of the festivities this weekend to remember those that gave their all for this country.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  The Largemouth fishing has been good this week.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

These transient fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Our best bite this week has been on Carolina rigs and dragging football head jigs.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  A few nice fish have been taken but the numbers are low.  A few Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on gravel main lake points on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Strike King series 6 and XD 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 crankbaits in parrot, Bandit 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Rapala DT 10 crankbaits in bluegill, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns with Net Baits trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in 10-15 ft of water over brush piles located along old creek channels both in the creeks and bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken with vertical presentations of small jigs tipped with minnows and Crappie nibbles.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  
 
Bluegills:  Bluegills are still being taken in the 6 ft range off banks in the backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms under bobbers as well as on split shot rigs dragged on bottom baited with small panfish jigs tipped with worms.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken around rip rap and rocky banks on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom.  

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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.