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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/29/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.91  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 78
Both lakes are 4 feet below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 18,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 cfs this afternoon. 
General Conditions:  Thanks to everyone that sent well wishes for my wife and I to have a nice vacation last week.  We had great weather at the beach and I gained about 5 lbs eating all the fresh seafood I possibly could.   I must say though I am glad to be back on the water again this week.  
I mentioned in my last report 2 weeks ago that we were having some good days and some slow days with the bite still scattered but we were taking a few nice bags of largemouth.  The results that I saw of tournaments last weekend pretty much reflected that with a few nice bags coming in but a lot of folks struggling to put keepers in the boat.  Like everyone, I have been praying for cooler weather to get the water temperatures down to get the fall transition started.  

We have had 2 cold fronts in the past 4 days and the water temperatures are finally coming down, as a matter of fact the water temperatures have dropped 6 degrees in the past 4 days.  Although this fast cooling of the water temperatures with post frontal conditions has made for some slow fishing this week, it will pay dividends in the near future.  The forecast indicates the water temperatures should continue to drop over the next few days and I expect we will see the beginnings of the fall transition within the next few days.  
The fish were still scattered this week but some fish were taken on main lake points and also on secondary creek channel points and banks in the creeks and bays.  There is some early morning and late evening top water bite on the main lake points where some fish are feeding on schools of fry.  There is also some of the same in the backs of some of the creeks and bays although this shallow bite slowed considerably with the cold fronts and water temperature drops.  We are getting our best daytime bites on main lake points as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays with finesse techniques this week.
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as secondary creek channel points and banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on top water lures early and late in the day and on medium running crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, shaky heads and dead sticking unweighted senko baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake ledges dragging football head jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits, drop shot rigs and shaky heads.  The bite has been scattered and slow this week.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky secondary creek channel banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, finesse jigs, shaky heads, dead sticked senko type baits with some early and late topwater lures. 
PRODUCTIVE LURES:  Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer and rootbeer chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns, Charmer shaky heads worms in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin on Carolina rigs and dead sticked Yamamoto senko's in green pumpkin/black fleck and green pumpkin magic.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on main lake flats as well as along the ledges on the main lake on inline spinners and minnows fished vertically.  Whites are also being taken on medium depth flats in the creek and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken with same techniques aforementioned techniques.  There are some short lived jumps on both the main lake and in the creeks and bays.

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

These geese float gracefully on a warm autumn day. Honker Lake was actually named for the number of Giant and Interior Canadian geese it attracts.