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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/07/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.45  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.37  Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are one and one half feet below summer pool with little change this past week.  Kentucky Dam has been generating around 6800 cfs on the low end during early morning hours and around 35,000 cfs on the high end during the afternoon and early evening hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 6000 cfs around the clock.   
We had some more rain early in the week which was sorely needed but sadly we did not get enough to raise the lake levels.  A spokes person for the TVA was on the local news earlier this week and stated that it would take 6-10 inches of rain for us to get the lakes up to summer pool, and of course this is no where to be seen in the forecast.  

The lower levels have not greatly affected our catching fish so just remember to be careful when running the lakes and use the navigation markers and if you are not sure you are in safe water depths, idle your boat until you get oriented. The forecast for tomorrow and the weekend is for high's in the upper 80's to low 90's and night time low's in the upper 60's.  Light winds from the south quadrants is forecasted.  The next chance of rain in the forecast is for next Monday and Tuesday as a front approaches with a 40% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms.  
We are still catching the majority of our Largemouth on slower moving techniques on the ledges such as jigs, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs.  We are getting some occasional fish on crankbaits and spoons.  We are catching an occasional nice Smallmouth on the ledges on the slower techniques also.  White Bass anglers are still having a very active bite on the old river channel ledges with good numbers being reported.  
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.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken around docks and on secondary points in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, with Texas rigged worms and creature baits, jigs and shaky heads working on the points and unweighted senkos, finesse jigs and shaky heads working around the docks during the day.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on Carolina rigged small creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  I have not had any reports yet on the night Smallmouth fishing we normally see getting started good this time of year but I would expect I should be hearing about some of this night fishing pattern soon.
Some of the productive lures reported this week:  Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD 6 and Series 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted deep crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Yozuri Pop n Splash in lemon ghost pattern, Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 " ribbon tail worm in plum and green pumpkin, Yamamoto senkos in green pumpkin/black fleck and D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns with Net Baits Kick n b trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw.
White Bass:  White Bass have been reported as good this week with numbers being taken along the old river channel and deeper old creek channel ledges.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by with bottom rigs baited with cut baits and night crawlers.

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