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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/14/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 357.40  Surface Temperature:  85

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 357.45  Surface Temperature: 85
The water levels have dropped over a foot in the past week as the lakes have been drawn around the clock to get rid of all the water coming in from the heavy rains last week.  The current generated by the drawing of water has improved the fishing on the main lake and this should continue for at least the next few days.  
The Largemouth Bass are very active on the main lake points, ledges, and humps.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, lizards, creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  There have been reports of good catches all week and we have had good catches in my boat all week also.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the rocky main lake points and main river ledges.  Although big numbers of Smallmouth are not coming in, some very good fish are being taken.  These fish are being caught on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well deep running crankbaits and jignpig.  The Smallmouth Bass are also being taken at night along the LBL side of Kentucky Lake.  Some good catches have been reported south of the U.S. 68 bridge.  These fish are being taken on chunk rock main lake primary and secondary points on jignpig and Carolina rigged tubes.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala DT 16 in black/silver and bluegill, Poe's 400 in Tennessee Shad, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red, Zoom ribbon tailed worms in red shad, Zoom Magnum lizards in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass dead stick worms in black/blue, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and black/blue, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, watermelon burst, and black/blue.
The White Bass have been more active this week and some good catches are being reported along the main lake ledges by trolling deep running crankbaits with a small spoon or inline spinner on a trailing leader.  Some fish are also being taken by vertically jigging small spoons and inline spinners along the ledges.  Most of the fish seem to still be coming from deeper water in the 15-25 ft zone with only a few short duration surface jumps being reported.
The Catfish are very active with the current and are being taken along the river channel ledges in the 20-30 ft zone.  These fish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs using threadfin shad and leeches.
The Bluegill are being taken along deep rocky creek channel banks by fishing crickets and worms under bobbers at the 6-10 ft range.  

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Eagle Eye View
Photo by Ray Stainfield

This eagle has "puffed up" his feathers to appear more threatening. He hopes to intimidate a nearby enemy.