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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/29/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.06  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.20  Surface Temperature - 76
Both lakes are at summer pool with little fluctuation.  Kentucky Dam has been generating between 7,000 cfs - 28,000 cfs over the past few days.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 8,600 cfs for the past couple of days.  

Kentucky Lake is clear.  Lake Barkley is stained with a few of the larger creeks heavily stained from localized heavy rains this week.  
We finally have had a week without high winds to contend with on the lakes.  We are getting some scattered afternoon thunderstorms most days with localized rain and wind but it has been spotty.  The current weather patterns we have been having remain in the forecast through next mid week.  

Tomorrow's forecast is for a high of 86, low of 67 with a 50% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind E at 6.  Saturday is showing a high of 88 and low of 68 with a 50% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind E at 6.  Sunday is forecasted to have a high of 86, low of 71 with a 40% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind SSE at 6.  The extended forecast though next mid week is calling for highs in the 80's, low's in the 70"s with a chance of rain each day and southerly wind flow.
I mentioned in last week's report the ledges were beginning to come on and this week the bass fishing on the ledges proved that to be true.  We have had a good week on the ledges with hungry post spawn Largemouth.  An example of that would be the first day weigh-in today for the FLW Ray-O-Vac Series out of Ken Lake Marina.  

Today there were 29 bags over 20 lbs weighed on the pro side with the tournament being led by local favorite Brandon Hunter with over 27lbs. Congratulations Brandon... keep it coming!  

We still have Largemouth being taken on the post spawn points and banks in the creeks and bays also as well as some Largemouth still being taken on the spawning flats near the brush, so if your not into ledge fishing, you still can find some numbers in shallower water.    
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lakes as well as around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points, secondary points and channel banks in 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 (early), 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 crankbaits and jigs.  Smallmouth 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,  Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer,  green gizzard shad and chartreuse gizzard shad, Strike King XD10 and XD6 series in sexy shad, parrot and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum,  Charmer tubes in smoke purple, road kill and green pumpkin, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong's jigs in mustard, and Strike King trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, watermelon with purple fleck and watermelon with red fleck.  
Bluegill/Red Ears:  We still have Bluegills bedding and some nice catches are still being taken. 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 the numbers are dwindling but some are still being taken 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 but this bite has slowed with the lack of current this past week.      

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.