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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/29/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam:  358/86  Surface Temperature:  70

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam : 358.90  Surface Temperature:  70
The lakes returned to summer pool levels early this week.  Both lakes still have some wood debris drifting in them so you should be on the lookout for it and also for logs that have gotten stuck on the main lake flats during the flood.  
The Largemouth Bass are on post spawn patterns with some good catches being taken by fishing secondary points, humps, and creek channel ledges as well as some main lake points and ledges.  These fish are being taken on Texas and Carolina rigged lizards, worms, and creature baits, crankbaits, and jignpig.  There are also some fish being taken early in the bays on the flats and on secondary points on topwater baits and spinnerbaits.  These fish are chasing recently hatched fry.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays as well as on the main lake creek channel ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and lizards, jignpig, crankbaits, as well as some on topwater chugging baits.  The topwater bite is early and late and sparse right now but this should improve over the next week or so.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft and Yo-Zuri chug baits in chartruese, Lunker buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Hook Some Bass and X-wire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Norman crankbaits in mountain dew, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Snoozers tubes in road kill cammo, smoke/purple, and green pumpkin,  Hook Some Bass sinking worm in green pumpkin and crawfish/orange, Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple with tails dipped in chartruese, Zoom and Hook Some Bass lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, and Hook Some Bass jigs in watermelon and green pumpkin with matching trailers dipped in chartruese.
The White Bass are being taken at the mouths of the bays and along creek channel ledges early and late by jigging roostertails and small spoons.  No jumps have been reported as of yet.  
The Bluegill are active around docks and in the bays near vegetation.  These fish are being taken by fishing wax worms and crickets under bobbers and pinched nightcrawlers fished on bottom using split shot rigs. 
The Catfish are active and are being taken near rocky shorelines by fishing bottom rigs dressed with nightcrawlers, leeches, and cut baits.  

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Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.