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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/05/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.94  Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.05  Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes have been pulled hard all week after having reached a depth of nearly 3 ft over winter pool last weekend.  This heavy current should begin to taper off as the lakes once again near winter pool  Winterlike weather is forecast in the lakes area today but a slight warming trend is in the forecast for the weekend and the beginning of next week.  The present forecast would indicate that this Sunday should be a good day for some late fall/early winter fishing.  
The Largemouth Bass reports received this week indicates that there are still some Largemouth feeding in the bays on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on primary and secondary points on medium running crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  I have received more reports of Largemouth being taken in the bays mixing in with the White Bass feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are also being taken on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
I have received only a couple of reports on the Smallmouth Bass this past week.  I believe this is more due to the wind making it difficult to fish the main lake points where these fish are normally taken this time of year.  The reports I did receive indicated the fish were on main lake points and were being taken with crankbaits and jignpig.  Hopefully this windy trend will let up and more folks will be able to fish the main lake points for these great late fall fish.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and crawfish patterns and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer.  
The Crappie are being taken over brush in 10-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  Some reports of shallow Crappie in the 4-6 ft depths was also reported but these fish were reported as mostly smaller fish.  These shallow fish were taken on minnows fished under bobbers.
The White Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on inline spinnerbaits and roadrunners cast into the feeding schools.  These feeding schools can be found by watching the flocks of sea gulls which are actively feeding when the fish are pushing the baitfish to near the surface.  
I received a report from Warren Byrd that guides for trophy sized catfish on south Barkley that they are catching a good number of big catfish in the over 30 lb range with some up to 60lbs near the river channel by bottom fishing with cut baits.  The season for these big cats is just beginning and it promises to be a good year for them.

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