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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/14/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.91  Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.95  Surface Temperature - 73
Both lakes are at summer pool and stable.  Kentucky Dam was generating between 13,000 - 20,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam was generating at 9,800 cfs today.  
General Conditions:  We have been post frontal for most of this past week with some north and easterly winds.  The lakes are clear and stable.  We still have a myriad of patterns producing Largemouth from shallow bedding areas to the early ledges.  Bluegill and Red Ears are bedding as are the Channel Catfish.  

We concentrated our bass fishing this week on the early ledges in the creeks and bays and on the main lake near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  We took most of our bass on slow techniques this week with the post frontal conditions.  We did not see much in the realm of feeding schools of post spawners this week but I expect this will start any day as more larger schools of shad move to deeper water areas for the summer.  
The weather is changing for this weekend with the next approaching front.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86/ low of 67 with a 60% chance of evening thunderstorms and wind forecasted SSW12.  Saturday is showing a high of 79/ low of 69 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind S9.  Sunday is showing a high of 86/ low of 69 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind S12.  

This pattern continues on Monday with a high of 80/ low of 58 with a 60% chance of thunderstorms and wind SW7.  The next front is forecasted to come through late Monday and the forecast for next week is again post frontal with high's in the 70's/ low's in the 50's and north quadrant winds. 

Everyone needs to keep an eye on the sky for the next few days for pop up thunderstorms and be prepared to go to safe port as necessary.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. 

These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater lures. 
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads. 
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Charmer Timber Pups and lizards in green pumpkin, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple,  Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw,  Slong's football head jigs in mustang with Net Baits Paca Punch trailers in green pumpkin, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black.
Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.
Bluegill/Red Ears: The Bluegills and Red Ears are bedding.  The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 2-4 feet of water near vegetation. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 3-6 feet of water. 

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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.