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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/31/2013

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.36  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.35  Surface Temperature - 75
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Lake is generating at a rate of 27,500 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam is generating at a rate of 16,500 cfs this morning.  
 
The lake levels have finally settled down to where they should be this time of year at summer pool.  The flow rates at both dams have returned to normal after months of heavy flows with flood gates having been closed now and flow rates are being regulated by the power generation at the dams through out the day.  
 
The word "windy" describes how it has been on the lakes this week.  Strong southerly winds have dominated the fishing scene this week and this kept us pretty much in the creeks and bays and off the main lake areas.  We have more wind today with an 80% chance of storms.  Saturday's forecast does not look much better with a high of 81, low of 64 with an 80% chance of strong thunderstorms with wind from the S at 15 as a strong cold front moves through the lakes area.  

Sunday's forecast is for post frontal conditions with a high of 78, low of 61 with WNW wind at 9.  Post frontal conditions remain in the forecast through the first few days next week with high's in the mid 70's to low 80's with light east winds.   

We concentrated our efforts on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays this week as well as secondary points in the creeks and bays.  We had success with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and 3/4 ounce football head jigs in these areas on hungry post spawn fish. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and football head jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel points and banks in the creeks and bays.  

These are post spawn fish working their way out to deep water as the majority of the shad are now moving to deep water summer haunts.  These fish are being taken on the same lures as the aforementioned ledge fish.  Some Largemouth are also being taken around the shallow spawning areas.  These are buck bass still guarding the nests.  These fish can be taken on topwater lures, square billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and dead stick sank type lures.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points as well as on old creek and river channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  The fish on the points are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, finesse jigs, tube jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.  The ledge fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and football head jigs.  
 
Some productive lures reported this week are:   Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, ABT suspending square bill crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 square bill crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike 5XD and 6XD crankbaits in powder blue back with chartreuse side, chartreuse sexy shad and sexy shad, Rapala DT16 in parrot, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and plum on Carolina rigs, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum on Texas and Carolina rigs, D&L football head jigs and advantage jigs in Cumberland Craw and "oops" patterns, and Slong's football head jigs in Cumberland Craw.
 
White Bass:  White bass are being taken on humps and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Whites are also being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crankbaits in these areas.  These fish should be active along the old river channel and creek channel ledges on the main lakes also but I did not receive any reports of this due to the high winds from the south this week.  
 
Bluegill/Red Ear:  Some of these fish are still being taken in the spawning areas on the flats and on gravel bars in the backs of the creeks and bays but most reports indicate these areas are now producing the smaller females with an occasional large male.  These fish are being taken on crickets under bobbers and on split shot rigs slow rolled on bottom baited with small creature jigs tipped with worms.  
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are still being taken on rocky banks on the main lake and on shallow rocky bottom areas in the creeks by fishing with night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  

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