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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/05/2003

Kentucky Lake:   Water level at Kentucky Dam - 359.21  Surface Temperature - 70

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 70
 
We have had 3 cold fronts move through the lakes area since last week's report.  These fronts made for a rollercoaster type bite with the fish feeding heavily one day just before the frontal passage and then slowing the next.  The fronts made for some very rough water with the high north winds associated with the fronts.  Even so, with some adjustment in presentation and techniques the bite was good this past week.
 
The Largemouth Bass are primarily on post spawn patterns with the spent out females being taken on secondary creek channel points, humps, and ledges in the bays.  Some of the early spawners have recovered and are feeding on drum and bass fry early and late as well as throughout the day on some days.  These fish can be found virtually anywhere you can locate the schools of fry in the bays.  The post spawn fish are taking Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits, lizards, tubes, and worms as well as slow moving deep running crankbaits and jignpig.  The fish that are feeding on the fry are taking medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, spinnerbaits and some topwater lures early and late.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary and secondary creek channel points and the bite has been very good on some days.  These fish are taking deep running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  Some early morning topwater bite is being reported but this seems to still be sparse.  
 
Some of the most productive lures reported this week are:  Yozuri chug baits in chartruese, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and smoke/purple, Pro Bass Shops tender tubes in smoke/purple/chartruese and green pumpkin, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Lee Sisson Slim Willy D crankbaits in purple sun, Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass deadstick worms in crawfish/orange and green pumpkin.  
 
The White Bass are active on the main lake points and creek channel ledges but most of the fish are still somewhat small.  These fish are being taken by trolling small spoons behind deep running crankbaits and vertically jigging roostertails and spoons.  I have yet to receive any reports of fish being taken in jumps.
 
The Catfish are still active with some good catches being reported near rocky creek channel ledges by bottom fishing with nightcrawlers, leeches, and cut baits.  
 
The Bluegill are active near docks with wood cover and along rocky creek channel banks.  These fish are being taken on wax worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  
 
I would like to take an opportunity to thank the good folks at Jet-A-Marine for their service in maintaining my boat.  The service these folks provide to the boating public is second to none.  

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Bullfrog
Photo by Ray Stainfield

No camping excursion is complete with a serenade from the resident bullfrog. There are a vast variety of amphibians to be found throughout the Land Between The Lakes Area.