Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/19/2004
Kentucky Lake: Water level at Ky Dam - 356.84 Surface Temperature - 78 Lake Barkley: Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.80 Surface Temperature - 78 Both lakes are two feet below summer pool and on a slow draw down to winter pool. Water temperatures have continued to drop with the cooler weather and as reported last week the fish are moving into fall patterns early this year. The fish patterns we are having are those that we normally experience in mid September. The Largemouth Bass fishing on the main lake ledges is overall slow. There is some reports of fish being taken on the main lake flats near wood cover on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Largemouth are being taken in the bays on secondary points and along creek channel banks with wood cover. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes, spinnerbaits, and jignpig. There are some reports of fish being taken shallow in the bays near wood cover on shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged worms and tubes. The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points near the mouths of the bays on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig. The night bite on the LBL side of Ky Lake is reportedly still good with dark spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig fished on rocky primary and secondary points. Some of the reported productive lures this week are: Norman crankbaits in white and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some bass tubes in Chameleon Craw, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Yamamoto Senkos in green pumpkin, Booyah spinnerbaits in black/blue (night bite), and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and rootbeer. The White Bass are moving into the bays and I have seen a few jumps this past week but of short duration. These fish can be caught by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools. Some reports of Crappie are now coming in enough to warrant mentioning them. These fish are being taken near the mouths of the bays along the creek channel ledges over brush piles. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing minnows, small jigs, and minnow/jig combinations. The catfish are reportedly moving into the bays along creek channels and are being taken on bottom rigs with cut baits, nightcrawlers, and yellowtail.
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