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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/26/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.88  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.90  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  The lakes should be lowered another foot within the next couple of weeks toward winter pool barring any large influx of water from up river.  This has been a week of thunderstorms, wind, and rain here in the lakes area.  Although some anglers have been braving the wind and rain the number of anglers on the water has definitely been down these past few days.  Both lakes have good current on them as the TVA is keeping the lakes level after all the rain we have had.  
 
Fishing reports have been scarce this week due to the weather but some hardy anglers have braved the elements and reported the following.
 
The Largemouth Bass are still scattered for the most part as they are in early fall transition.  Some fish are being taken on main lake humps and ledges with the best technique for these fish being reported as slack lining jigs.  The ledge fishing has been overall slow.  

The better reports are coming from the bays where the Largemouth are feeding on schools of baitfish.  Fish are being reportedly caught on secondary points and along deep banks with isolated wood cover.  These fish are being taken early and late in the day on crankbaits and spinnerbaits while jignpig, Texas rigged tubes and Carolina rigged creature baits are working during mid morning and afternoon hours.  There are also Largemouth being taken on the shallow flats on the main lakes and in the bays near wood and vegetation.  These fish are being taken on buzzbaits, stick baits, shallow running and lipless crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the bays on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The better Smallmouth bite is still at night on the LBL side of Ky Lake by fishing the main lake points and secondary points with dark colored spinnerbaits and Texas rigged tubes.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad, chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black/blue and white, Bandit 300 series crankbaits in blue/chartruese, Norman Little N crankbaits in purple/white, Norman Deep Little N crankbaits in white, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.  
 
I have received only a couple of reports on the White Bass this week and they both indicated they were catching a lot of smaller fish in the bays feeding on schools of shad by casting inline spinners and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.
 
The Crappie are being taken along old creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays by vertically fishing with small jigs and jig/minnow combinations.  There has been some reports of Crappie being taken in the bays near brush piles with minnows fished under bobbers.  
 
The Catfish are being taken on bottom rigs near the river channels and the old creek channels near the mouths of the bays.  The current has helped with this bite.  The bait of choice seems to be yellowtails and nightcrawlers.  

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