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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/12/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at the dam - 359.94   Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water level at the dam - 360.00  Surface Temperature - 72
We have been receiving very heavy rains here in the lakes area this week.  Locally heavy rainfall amounts have exceeded 6 inches in some areas.  More rain is in the forecast thru the weekend.  The lakes have risen only one foot over summer pool thus far and even though the TVA is not forecasting a further rise in the water for the weekend, I would not be surprised to see it come up more as there has been heavy rains also upriver from the lakes.  Some very good catches came in over the past weekend just before the rains started but the bite has slowed a little over the past few days.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken both shallow and deep.  The deep pattern fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes, lizards, and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, deep running crankbaits, and jignpig.  These fish are being taken on main lake and creek channel ledges, secondary creek channel points, and humps in the bays and on the main lake.  

The shallow pattern fish are feeding on schools of recently hatched fry on the flats in the bays, on creek channel banks near rock and wood and on secondary points.  These fish are taking shallow and medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, lizards, and worms, top water baits, and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake primary and secondary points as well as on rocky secondary points in the bays during the day.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges.  These fish are taking topwater lures early and late, deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The summer night pattern is getting started and some catches have been reported on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake at night on main lake points on dark colored spinnerbaits and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures this past week have been:  Zara Spook in white, Yo-Zuri chugbaits in chartruse, Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Bandit crankbaits in olive, rootbeer, and rootbeer/chartruese, Lee Sisson Slim Willie D crankbaits in grey ghost and Tennesse shad, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in green pumpkin, Hook Some bass deadstick worms in crawfish/orange and green pumpkin, Snoozer tubes in 24K melon, roadkill cammo, and smoke/purple, and Zoom lizards and brush hogs in watermelon/red.
The White Bass are still holding around the mouths of the bays near the creek channel ledges but some are now moving to the main river ledges over the past few days.  No jumps have been reported yet but this should begin soon.  These fish are being taken by trolling small spoons behind crankbaits and vertically jigging spoons and roostertail spinners.  
The Catfish have pretty much finished spawning and are now being taken near the creek channels and near the main river ledges.  These fish are taking bottom fished nightcrawlers, leeches, and cut baits.
The Bluegill are active around docks and along rocky creek channel banks.  The mayflies have started hatching also and the Bluegill are very active near the hatches.  Look for the hatches near willow trees early and late.  The Bluegill are being taken on crickets, wax worms, and red worms fished below bobbers.  

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.