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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/13/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.48  Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.15  Surface Temperature - 71
 
Both lakes are just slightly over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,800 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 6,200 cfs this afternoon. 
 
FLASH:  Thanks to all the folks that contacted me over the past week to see if I was o.k.  since I did not publish a report last week.  I failed to mention in my last report 2 weeks ago that I would be attending my annual military reunion last week and that there would be no report.  I apologize for failing to mention that, but it is nice to know so many good folks are thinking about me.
 
General Conditions:  I mentioned in my last report 2 weeks ago that the water temperatures indicated we should see the fall transition start within the next few days.  As it happens, the next day I saw that the transition indeed was underway in that a number of the creeks and bays I visited that day had large schools of the small threadfin showing up in the shallows which is always the first shad to show up shallow in numbers in the fall.  So, we are definitely in transition and since my return to the water this week, I have found these schools of shad in every creek and bay I fished.  The transition got a late start this year and we are still about 3 degrees above normal on our water temperatures, but we are headed in the right direction.
 
This transition normally lasts about 5-6 weeks, depending on water temperatures of course, and one can still expect a lot of scattered fish as they are traveling now but it is nice to see us moving toward the true fall patterns.  Our best bite this week came from top water lures in the shallows in the creeks and bays but we also took fish on spinner baits, lipless crank baits and square billed crank baits on the flats.  Finesse jigs on secondary points in the creeks and bays also put fish in the boat.  

I saw the first day results of the FLW BFL Regional tournament which started today and the results were about what I expect to see during the transition period.  First place was 18lb 14 oz with 15lb 7 oz in 10th place.  Out of 180 boats, over 100 boats had 2 fish or less.  This is indicative of the scattered bite of the transition period but it also indicates one can catch some nice fish if you are on the right place at the right time.
 
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 71/low of 60 with a 20% chance of rain with post frontal E wind at 4.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 80/low of 65 with a 30% chance of showers with wind S at 9.  Sunday is showing a high of 83/low of 66 with wind SSW at 12.  The extended forecast into next mid week is showing daytime high's in the 80's/low's in the 60's with south quadrant winds.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake flats, main lake points and shallow pockets on the main lake near deep water.  These fish are being taken on top water lures, spinner baits, lipless crank baits and jigs.  Largemouth are being taken on shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and square billed crank baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays on medium running crank baits, finesse jigs and shaky heads.
 
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, Whopper Ploppers in natural shad patterns, 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, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns, Charmer shaky heads worms in green pumpkin.
 
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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