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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/07/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.59   Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley: Water level at Barkley Dam - 358.50  Surface Temperature - 84
The lakes area and areas upriver received heavy amounts of rain last weekend and we have been experiencing isolated thunderstorms every day this week.  The influx of water from the rains raised the lake levels to summer pool and the lakes have been pulled around the clock for the last couple of days in order to bring the lakes back down to normal levels.  The lakes levels are dropping slowly and unless we receive another round of heavy rains this trend should continue through the weekend.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps, ledges and deep points on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, creature baits, lizards, tubes, and jignpig.  Some Largemouth are being taken early and late on topwater lures on points and over brush piles in the bays.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake rocky primary and secondary points and also on humps and ledges on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits, and jignpig.  The Smallmouth Bass are also being taken at night on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake on chunk rock points on dark colored spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged tubes, and jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT 16 in black/silver and bluegill, Gene Larew and Zoom large ribbon tailed worms in red shad and junebug, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and junebug, Hook Some jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, black/blue and watermelon burst.  
The White Bass are being taken near the main river ledges and also near the creek channel ledges at the mouths of the bays by vertically jigging spoons and inline spinners as well as by trolling these lures behind a deep diving crankbait.  Very few jumps were reported this week and those that were reported indicated they were of short duration.
The Catfish are very active along the main river channels and along creek channel ledges in the bays.  These fish are being taken in the 20ft plus range by bottom fishing with threadfin shad, leeches, and cut baits.  
The Bluegill are active around docks with wood cover and along deep rocky creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are readily taking crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  The deeper fish are being taken in the 6-10 ft zone and seem to be of better quality.

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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.