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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/12/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 360.14  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.00  Surface Temperature - 78
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at rates between 97,000 - 110.000 today.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at rate of 35,600 today.

We had more daily rains and scattered thunderstorms this past week with a few heavy downpours at night.  Both lakes rose to a little over their present levels and now the TVA is spilling water to bring the lakes back to summer pool.  Of course having some gates open at the dams is giving us some around the clock current which no doubt has contributed to the continuing good bite on the ledges for bass.  

I have also observed quite a bit of white bass surface activity, especially around the mouths of the bays over the past week.  Most of these breaking schools appear to be smaller fish but I did see a few breaking schools of larger Whites on Kentucky Lake.  The Catfish anglers are reporting a good bite also out on the rivers with the current now being present. 

Wind was a factor on the lakes for a couple of days this week but even with the wind hampering some main lake ledge fishing, we are finding good producing ledges inside the mouths of the creeks and bays off the main lake.  
 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, spoons, 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 in the creeks and bays near wood cover.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits,  lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry.  The ledge bite has been good.
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 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.  Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky points and banks on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy 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, Stike King Sexy Spoons, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum,  D&L baby advantage and football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong's football head jigs in mustard, and Strike King football head jigs in blue craw.  
Bluegill:  Some  Bluegills are being taken around flooded brush 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.  The full moon this week should put some late spawning Bluegills on the beds in the shallows just off the button brush.
Catfish:  Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large shiners.   

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