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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/19/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.24  Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 76
 
Light winds and little current being generated has been the story here on the lakes this week.  It has been hot and humid all week except for yesterday which gave us some relief with a gentle rain falling most of the day.  The forecast for the upcoming weekend appears to be full of sunshine and blue skies.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake creek channel and river ledges and around grass beds in the bays.  The ledge bite has been slow on the north end of Kentucky Lake this week but some better reports of ledge fishing have been received from mid Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.  The best bite has been in the bays near grass beds, especially early and late in the day.  

The ledge fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes, lizards, creature baits, and worms as well as jignpig.  The shallow fish are feeding on schools of fry near the grass beds and are taking topwater lures, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged tubes.  The topwater bite has been excellent.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are also being taken on the ledges and also near grass beds that are close to pea gravel secondary points in the bays.  The Smallmouth on the ledges are reportedly taking Carolina rigged tubes and deep running crankbaits.  The Smallmouth in the bays are also feeding on the schools of fry and are taking the same lures as the Largemouth.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Yozuri chug bait in chartruese, Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Bandit crankbait in rootbeer, Norman DD14 and DD22 in Tennessee shad and blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and smoke/purple, Hook Some Bass brush hounds and lizards in green pumpkin and Zoom brush hogs and lizards in watermelon/red.
 
The White Bass are active at the mouths of the bays and also in the bays feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken at the mouths of the bays by vertically jigging small spoons and roostertails.  The fish that are feeding on the schools of fry are being taken on small crankbaits, small chug baits, and roostertails.  I have seen a few small jumps this week but they were short in duration.  
 
The Bluegill are active around docks with brush and also along rocky creek channel banks.  These fish are readily taking wax worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  
 
The Catfish are being taken near the river channel ledges now on large minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers, and cut baits fished on bottom rigs. 
 
Be sure to take plenty of drinking water with you on the lakes now.   The high humidity and warm days can dehydrate you very quickly.  

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.