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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/14/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.55  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.70  Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are still remaining about one and one half feet below summer pool with little change expected.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average flow of about 17,000 cfs around the clock over the past number of  days.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average flow of 6,000 cfs around the clock for the past number of days. 
Although we had some rain here in the lakes area on Monday evening, it was not enough to have any noticeable effect on the lake levels which are still below normal summer pool levels.  We have had nice weather all week with plenty of sunshine.  We have had flat water the past couple of days with little wind and the forecast for tomorrow is for more sunshine and flat water. 

The forecast is calling for high's in the 90's and low's around 70 for the weekend and through next week with only a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms on Sunday.  The wind direction is supposed to shift to the south on Saturday and south quadrant wind is in the forecast for the next number of days.  As always, be sure to check the latest wind and weather forecasts before venturing on the water as weather forecasts can change.
The flat water coupled with no current and blue skies slowed the ledge fishing for bass somewhat over the past few days but we are still managing to put fish in the boat with a few nice ones.  The best approach to the ledge fishing has still been slower techniques such as Carolina rigs, dragging jigs and Texas rigs.  

Most of the fish we are taking are being taken over the side of the ledges or near the bottom of the ledges.  The few feeds we have gotten into are very short in duration.  The shallower water fry pattern is holding up with bass being taken around docks, on secondary gravel points in the creeks and bays and around wood cover in shallow water where fry are present.  
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 creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, dragging football head jigs, spoons, drop shots and shaky heads.  

The most productive for techniques for us for quality fish have been the Carolina rig, Texas rig and football head jigs fished very slow. Largemouth are also being taken around docks, on gravel points on the main lake and in the creeks and bays as well as around shallow wood cover where fry are present.  Some of these fish are being taken on topwater early and late in the day and on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged worms and creature baits, senkos, and shaky heads during the day.  

It is interesting to note that the top 10 money winners in the FLW Tour tournament last week caught their fish either on ledges or on the fry patterns.  Normally this time of year we would have seen all the top money winners on the ledges.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth 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.  Some nice ones are being taken but not large numbers.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Yozuri Pop n Splash in ghost lemon, Slong's spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King XD 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted XD 6 crankbaits in green gizzard shad,  Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Yamamoto senkos in green pumpkin/black, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy and watermelon/purple and D&L football head jigs in "oops" and Cumberland Craw patterns with Net Baits Kick n b trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches.  We have had some large mayfly hatches this week.  These can be located near overhanging trees and around docks.  The Bluegills are gorging on these emerging insects and can be taken with crickets and worms fished under bobbers around the hatches.  
Catfish:  I did not receive any reports on the catfish this week.

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