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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/17/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.3   Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.3  Surface Temperature - 85
The lakes have been stable at nearly a foot below summer pool for the past week.  Deep summer patterns are prevailing with the most current being generated in the afternoons.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken both shallow and on main river and creek channel ledges as well as humps and deep points.  The shallow fish are feeding on fry minnows on secondary points, near wood cover in the bays and on the main lake.  The shallow fish are hitting topwater lures early and late in the day and are taking Texas rigged soft plastics during the day.  The deep fish on the ledges, humps, and deep points are taking deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged soft plastics, and jignpig.  
Some Smallmouth Bass are also being taken shallow early and late in the day near wood cover in the bays and on the main lake chunk rock points on topwater lures and tubes.  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken primarily during the day on the humps and ledges on the main lake on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged soft plastics and jignpig.  The Smallmouth are also being taken on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake at night on rocky main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays.  The night time Smallmouth are taking slow rolled dark spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged dark tubes, and jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in American shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and splatterback, Rapala DT 16 in bluegill and black/silver, Norman DD14 and DD22 in blue/chartruese and white, Berkley 10" power worms in red shad, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/red and green pumpkin/red, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, watermelon burst, and smoke/purple.  
The White Bass are active on the main lake river ledges and although some jumps are occurring they seem to be of short duration. There are also some jumps of smaller white bass occurring on the flats in the backs of the bays.  These fish are being taken in the jumps by casting inline spinners such as Mepps and Roostertails into the feeding schools as well as small spoons, small crankbaits, and small popping lures.  White Bass are being taken deeper by vertically jigging inline spinnerbaits and small spoons along the river ledges and by trolling the same lures behind a deep running crankbait.  
The Bluegill are active near docks, especially at night and along deep rocky creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are being taken by fishing crickets and worms under bobbers.  The fish along the creek channel banks are being taken at the 6-10 ft levels.  
The Catfish are being taken at the mouths of the creeks near the river channels by bottom fishing with live minnows, leeches, nightcrawlers, and cut baits.  

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Geese in Flight
Photo by Murray Blake

These Canadian geese are just beginning their yearly migration south to avoid the long, cold winter. They will return in spring to the welcoming waterways of the Kentucky Lakes Area.