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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/28/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.83  Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.55  Surface Temperature - 57
Fishing conditions over the past week have been less than ideal with a number of below seasonal temperatures and windy days.  The forecast for this weekend appears to be more of the same.  We received nearly an inch of rain overnight and the lakes are rising with present levels nearing two feet over winter pool.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points as well as some fish still being taken in the bays in shallow water.  The deeper water fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  

The shallow fish in the bays are feeding on schools of baitfish in the bays and are being taken on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  It appears the baitfish are starting to move back to the main lake but some schools of baitfish still remain in the bays.  Watch for the flocks of feeding seagulls and this will signal you to the areas that are still holding good schools of baitfish and predator fish. 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  I did not receive many reports this week on the Smallmouth fishing but I believe this is due to the fact that the wind this past week has made it difficult to fish the main lake.  This is normally a very good time for Smallmouth fishing on Kentucky Lake and if the wind settles down some this next week I expect to get a number of favorable reports on these great sportfish.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and smoke/purple/chartruese.
The Crappie are being taken in the bays over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water as well as a few reports of Crappie being taken near shallow wood cover in the 4-6 ft depths.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically tightlining small jigs and minnows and the shallower fish are being taken with small jigs and minnows under bobbers.  I talked to a number of anglers this week that were taking good numbers of fish.  
The White Bass can still be taken in the bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  As with the Largemouth look for flocks of feeding seagulls.  These fish are being taken primary on in-line spinners and roostertails cast into the feeding schools.  As a note I was with some folks Wednesday and we came across a school of white bass and as we were bass fishing we did not have any small spinners in the boat but still were able to get some nice white bass on 3/8 and 1/2 ounce Hook Some Bass blue glimmer spinnerbaits as well as some Largemouth that were feeding on these baitfish.  
The weather forecast for next week looks favorable at this time for some good late fall fishing.  Make sure you take an extra set of dry clothes with you on the water and a survival kit.  Hypothermic conditions are now present and anglers need to take precautions.  

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Remarkable Sunset
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This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.