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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/04/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.76  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.85  Surface Temperature - 75
Both lakes are almost one foot over summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 50,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 16,000 cfs today.  
General Conditions:  Cooler temperatures earlier this week gave way to more summer like weather the past couple of days.  The ledge fishing continues to get better as more bait fish and bass have moved out to the ledges.  Kentucky Lake was crowded today with the BASS Fest starting and other folks preparing for the up coming weekend tournaments. 

Our best producing techniques continue to be on slower moving techniques such as dragging jigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigged large worms, slow rolling swim baits and drop shots.  We are getting fish on deep diving crankbaits also but the slower techniques continue to be producing best for us.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for a high of 84/low of 65 with a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms with wind WSW5.  Saturday is showing a high of 83/low of 63 with a 20% chance of rain and wind NNE5.  Sunday is calling for a high of 88/low of 70 with a 20% chance of rain and wind SW7.  

The extended forecast into next week is calling for high's in the 80's, low's in the 60's with chances of rain and thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds.  This is the time of year we tend to get quite a few of the afternoon pop up thunderstorms so boaters should keep an eye on the sky and seek shelter if you see an approaching storm as these storms do produce frequent lightning and localized high winds. 
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, slow rolling swim baits and drop shot rigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake using the same techniques as mentioned above.  Largemouth are also still being taken near brush and vegetation in the backs of the creeks and bays, especially early and late in the day where they are feeding on bluegills and fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged large worms and creature baits as well as whacky rigged worms.  
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges.  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 on Carolina rigs, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shakey head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs,  D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black.
Catfish: There are still Channel Catfish being taken on rocky banks and rocky shallow flats with night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs but numbers are starting to dwindle as many of these fish have now started moving to the creek and river channels.  Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs during periods of current.
Bluegill/Red Ears:  There have been some Bluegills and Red Ears spawning this week in the creeks and bays with the full moon.  The reports indicate the numbers on this latest spawn are not as good as the last spawn but there have been some nice catches coming in.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms under bobbers and worms on split shot rigs.  The Bluegills can be found in 3-5 ft of water near brush and vegetation.  The Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 5-7 ft of water.

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.