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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/20/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.63  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.45  Surface Temperature - 58
The heavy rains upriver in the early part of the week has brought the water back up 1.5 ft over winter pool.  The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday look great for getting out for some fall fishing but Sunday looks like we will be having some more storms in the area.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on secondary points and on the flats near wood cover.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  Rocky areas with wood cover has been a good producer this week.  Look for the gulls and you will find the baitfish.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points as well as the first secondary points in the bays.  Some reports of Smallmouth being taken shallow in the bays early and late are also being reported.  The fish on the main lake are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on the same lures as the Largemouth.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Zara spook in shad patterns,  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke/purple/chartruese, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo.
The Crappie are active and are being taken in the bays over brush in 8-12 ft of water as well as in shallow water near wood cover.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  The shallow fish are being taken by fishing minnows and small jigs under bobbers.  
The Bluegill are active around docks with wood cover and are being taken by fishing with wax and meal worms under bobbers.  The better fish are coming from near bottom.  

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This pileated woodpecker is one of the more common woodpecker species in North America. It is also one of the largest forest birds in the region.