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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/28/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.54    Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 85
The weather has been very hot this week with some nasty afternoon thunderstorms scattered about the lakes area.  The lakes are still on a slow draw down and are presently 2.5 ft above winter pool.  

Be careful when running outside the marked channels on both lakes unless you for sure you are in safe water.  Cooler temperatures are forecasted next week so this should make fishing a little more comfortable during the day.
Current is continuing to be generated on the lakes with the drawdown and this has kept the Largemouth Bass bite good.  The Largemouth Bass are primarily being taken on the main lake river and creek channel ledges and humps on deep running crankbaits, Texas rigged large worms, and Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  

Some Largemouth are being taken early and late on main lake points on topwater lures and crankbaits.  There are a good number of threadfin  shad in the bays now but they are yet to start gathering in large balls for protection, however some bass are being taken in the bays on secondary points and near wood cover as they are feeding on the shad by anglers using crankbaits, spinnebaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  Most of these fish are small but some keepers are being reported.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and main river ledges and humps using deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, and jignpig.  Smallmouth Bass are also being taken at night on the LBL side of Ky Lake on chunk rock points using dark colored spinnerbaits, jignpig, and Carolina rigged tubes.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lunker buzzbaits in white, Poe's 400 in Tennesse Shad, Norman DD14 in white and blue/chartruese, Lee Sisson Slim Willie D in grey ghost, Zoom monster worms in red shad and junebug, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, watermelon burst, and smoke/purple.  
The White Bass are being taken on main lake flats and along the main river channel ledges.  The fish on the flats are being taken early and late by casting inline spinners and small spoons near schools of shad.  Some good fish are being taken by trolling with deep running crankbaits with an inline spinner or small spoon attached with a leader to the rear of the crankbait along the river channel ledges.  
The Catfish are reported to biting some better this week during the day along the river channel ledges by bottom fishing with leeches and threadfin shad.  Good reports of catfish being caught at night along the river channel ledges are still coming in using the same baits.  
The Bluegill are best taken right now at night around docks with wood cover under lights using crickets and worms under bobbers.
Be very careful and courteous this holiday weekend and please leave the lake as clean or cleaner than it was when you got here.

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