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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/20/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.18  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature - 81
 
Both lakes are at summer pool with little change expected in the near future.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average discharge rate of around 64,500 cfs today.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average discharge of around 19,000 cfs today.
 
Although both dams have decreased the amount of current flow over the past few days, there is still adequate current to keep the waters well oxygenated and the ledge bite continues to be good this week.  The present forecast for the first day of summer tomorrow and for the weekend looks good for fishing with a high tomorrow of 92 and low of 72 with SSE wind at 7.  Saturday is forecast to have a high of 92 and low of 70 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and wind S at 9.  

Sunday is showing a high of 92 and low of 72 with wind S at 7.  The extended forecast through next mid week is for more of the same with high's in the low 90's, low's in the mid 70's and light S winds.  With the average current flow expected to continue at least through the weekend, this should be a great weekend to be fishing here at the big lakes.
 
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, swim baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and football head jigs.

Some Largemouth are also being taken around docks where fish are feeding on schools of fry. These fish are being taken on senko type baits and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are also being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays, especially near vegetation and wood cover.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry.  Topwater lures, spinnerbaits, square billed crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits are taking these fish.  
 
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.  I had two more reports this week of some nice numbers of Smallmouth as well as Largemouth being taken at night on the east side of Kentucky Lake fishing rocky points and banks.  These fish are being taken on large dark skirted spinnerbaits and tube jigs.  
 
Some productive lures reported this week are:   Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon,  Zoom horny toads and Ribbet frogs in white, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, ABT suspending square bill crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 square bill crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike King 5XD, 6XD and 10XD crankbaits in powder blue back with chartreuse side, chartreuse sexy shad and sexy shad, Rapala DT16 in parrot and bluegill, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt,  Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum on Texas rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland Craw, Perfect Craw and "oops" patterns, and Slong's football head jigs in Cumberland Craw (all with Venom and Net Baits green pumpkin trailers).
 
White Bass:  White bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges and sunken islands as well as on the 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.  I have not had any reports of surface schooling whites being taken but I have observed twice this week some surface feeding activity early in the morning near the mouths of deeper bays.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken around overhanging trees and also around wooden docks early in the morning after mayfly hatches.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.   
 
Catfish:  I have had a number of reports of some good catches on the main lakes old river channels.  These fish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leech combinations and on bottom rigs with cut baits.  This good bite should hold up with the current we have being generated.

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