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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/21/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.81  Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.85  Surface Temperature - 72
 
Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating an average of 25,000 cfs this afternoon.   Barkley Dam was generating an average of 16,000 cfs this afternoon.  
 
Please have fun this weekend but also please remember to take some time to pause and give thanks to all those that have given their all so that we may enjoy the great freedoms that we are blessed with here in this great country.  
 
General Conditions:  Runoff from the heavy rains last weekend raised the lake levels about one foot earlier this week. We have been post frontal for most of the this week with some cooler temperatures and north winds.  Overall the ledge bite has been good this past week for the Largemouth which is where we concentrated our efforts.  

The better bite was coming on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging heavy football head jigs.  We had some very nice fish this week up to 7lbs as the ledge bite is developing nicely.  

This will be a very busy weekend on the lakes with lots of boat traffic as the unofficial summer boating season begins.  Please be careful and drive your boat defensively and be courteous to other boaters and anglers.  
 
The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks pretty good although some possibility of some thunderstorms is in the picture.  The forecast for tomorrow is a high of 77/ low of 55 with wind NNW3.  Saturday is showing a high of 78/low of 61 with wind ESE6.  

Warmer weather returns Sunday with a forecasted high of 85/low of 67 with a 50% chance of evening thunderstorms and wind SSE10.  The extended forecast through next week is showing high's in the 80's with low's in the 60's with a chance of thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds.
 
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 rocky 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, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD6 in chartreuse sexy shad,  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, 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 still bedding. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 3-5 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 4-7 feet of water.  

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Peek-a-boo
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.