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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/12/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 357.41  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 357.50  Surface Temperature - 80
Both lakes are one and one half foot below summer pool and on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  The lakes should drop another 6 inches over the next week or so barring an influx of water from upriver.  Another Canadian cold front came thru the lakes area over the past few days bringing with it more unseasonably cool temperatures.

The cool weather over the past couple of weeks has brought the surface temperatures down between 5 and 6 degrees since July.  This cooling of the water temperatures seems to have triggered a good number of the shad and Largemouth Bass to start a transition toward the bays such as they normally do in mid September.  The ledge bite on the main lakes has slowed appreciably apparently due to the bass moving to follow the shad toward the bays.  If the weather returns to normal dog days heat it should make for some interesting patterns.  
The Largemouth Bass bite has been slow on the main lake humps and ledges.  Most of the reports I have received over the past week indicate that most of the Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and on secondary points in the bays where they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on medium and deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes and worms, and jignpig.  There are also reports of some schooling bass showing up on the flats in the backs of the bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged worms and tubes.
The Smallmouth Bass have been slow on the main lake humps and ledges.  The best bite for the Smallmouth are those fishing the LBL side of Ky Lake at night.  There have been a good number of reports of good night catches.  These night feeders are taking dark spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig on rocky primary points on the main lake and secondary points in the bays. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Bill Norman DD22 in blue/chartruese and white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom monster worms in red shad, Hook Some Bass/Booyah/and Stan Sloan spinnerbaits in black/blue and black/purple with black nickel Colorado blades, Hook Some Bass tubes in Chameleon Craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.   
The White Bass are active along the river channel ledges and on main lake points.  A few jumps have been reported this week but not of long duration.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind a deep diving crankbait.  
The Catfish are active along the main river channel and are being taken by fishing cut baits and leeches on bottom rigs.  
The Bluegill are active on rocky creek channel banks and points as well as there still being some reported activity early and late in the day around Mayfly hatches that are still occurring on both lakes.  

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