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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/22/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.96  Surface Temperature -  72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are at summer pool this week with little fluctuation.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of between 21,000 cfs - 35,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of between 9,900 cfs - 20,000 cfs today. 

Kentucky Lake clarity ranges from lightly stained to clear.  The stain mostly in the creeks and bays from winds kicking up silt earlier this week.  Lake Barkley is stained.
The wind we had last week continued into this week and we had lake wind warnings out through mid week due to south winds from an approaching cold front.  We were post frontal today with light wind and this post frontal light winds are forecasted to continue through the weekend.  

The nasty cold front we had pass through the lakes area late last week bring unseasonably lower temperatures dropped the water temperatures all the way back to the high 60's but the temperatures have been slowly recovering over the past few days.  With warmer temperatures in the forecast and light winds, expect the water temperatures to rise over the weekend and into next week.  

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 82 and low of 59 with post frontal wind NE at 7.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 82 and low of 60 with wind E at 7.  Sunday the warm up continues with a high of 87 and low of 65 with wind SSE at 4.  Memorial Day is calling for a high of 90 with low of 68 with wind SSW at 8.  Southerly wind and warm days are in the forecast through mid week.
This week we found more Largemouth moving to the ledges, especially those around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  We still have a myriad of patterns going though as we have bucks guarding the nests in the spawning areas and post spawn fish feeding up on primary points and secondary points as well as the  creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

t is take you pick on patterns still but our most consistent bite this week has been coming off the primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays but the ledge bite is quickly picking up and some ledges are starting to produce some good numbers and good fish.  

The Bluegill anglers are still reporting a good bite in spawning areas with some nice Red Ears also being produced but the Red Ears are being reported as slower than one would expect this time of year.  The Catfish are still biting on rocky deep banks with some still being taken on shallow rocky flats.  
With the great weather forecast for this weekend, expect the lakes to be very busy with pleasure boaters and anglers.  Please drive defensively on the water and be courteous to fellow boaters.  Let's get through this weekend with zero accidents and lots of fun.  Please also take time to remember those that gave their all so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.  
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points and secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays or main lake ledges adjacent to the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, swim baits,  Carolina rigged creature baits Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats and around buck brush in the backs of creeks and bays and spawning coves.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged floating worms and jigs.  
SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on topwater lures, crankbaits and jigs.  Smallmoutha are also being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.  The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white,  Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Strike King XD 5 and XD6 series in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer lizards in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue fleck and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer tubes in smoke purple and green pumpkin, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns and Strike King trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, watermelon with purple fleck and watermelon with red fleck.  
Bluegill/Red Ears:  Bluegills are being taken off spawing beds in 2-4 ft of water by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and with split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms.  Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 3-5 ft of water with worms under bobbers and split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on deep rocky banks and  shallow rocky shorelines on the main lake as well as in the creeks and bays on rocky bottom flats.  These fish are spawning and being taken in large numbers with night crawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers.  Catfish are also being reported on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations during periods of current.    

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.