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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/28/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 360.05  Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.35  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are one foot above summer pool and on a slow draw down after having reached 1.5 feet above summer pool this past week.  Kentucky Dam was generating an outflow as high as 70,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating an average of 15,800 cfs this afternoon.  
General Conditions:  High winds were the norm for this past holiday weekend but things have settled down over the past couple of days except for an occasional afternoon thunderstorm.  The high winds ran us off the ledges earlier this week so we went shallow and as indicated in my last report there is still a shallow water pattern where we took a number of bass guarding nests and also feeding on fry and nesting Bluegills.  

We were able to get back on the ledges the past couple of days and what I have noticed is more bass and baitfish are showing up each day as the summer ledge pattern develops.  We still are finding that the bass are favoring slow techniques over reaction baits.  

The TVA started moving more water through the dam yesterday and we now have some current so I am noticing more fish positioning in the current breaks on the main lake ledges.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84/low of 68 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms and wind S7.  Saturday's forecast is indicating a high of 80/low of 65 with a 60% chance of thunderstorms and wind SSW9 as another cool front approaches.  Sunday is showing post frontal conditions with a high of 75/low of 62 with a 30% chance of thunderstorms and wind N8.  

The extended forecast into next week is showing a warm up back in the 80's with low's of 60's and chances of thunderstorms each day.  Boaters need to keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms this time of year, especially during the afternoon hours.  Don't wait too late to find shelter when you spot storms approaching.  These early summer storms bring a lot of lightning and localized high 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. 

The slower techniques have been our best producers this week. 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 being taken shallow although a little finicky this past week with the water fluctuations. 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.  We should see the second spawn on these fish next week with the full moon.

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