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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/02/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.94   Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.90  Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are three feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  We have had some nice fishing weather this past week which is a nice change from all the wind and storms of the prior week.  Fishing has been good this past week with the exception of one or two post cold front days and even then some fish were cooperating.  We are definitely into early fall fishing patterns now as more and more fish seem to be transitioning toward the bays.
The Largemouth Bass are somewhat scattered as they are transitioning and a number of patterns are working.  There are fish being taken on the main lake on flats near wood cover and on main lake points.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged worms and tubes. 

Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the bays and along creek channel banks on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, Carolina rigged creature baits. and jignpig.  Fish are also being taken in shallow water on the flats and in coves near wood and vegetation.  These fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures.  I have run into a few early schoolers but the schooling pattern is not really developed good yet.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and on secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on jignpig and Texas rigged tubes.  The night bite is still good on the LBL side of Ky Lake using dark colored spinnerbaits and Texas rigged tubes.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad and American shad, Bandit and Norman crankbaits in rootbeer and blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in Chameleon Craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.
Not many reports received on the White Bass this past week but I am seeing quite a few jumps of smaller fish in the bays feeding on the shad.
The Crappie are near the mouths of the bays on old creek channels and are being taken by vertically fishing with minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  Some reports of early and late fish being taken on minnows fished under bobbers near shallow brush piles in the front halves of the bays.  
The Catfish are being taken in the bays along the creek channels by bottom fishing with leeches, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.  
The Bluegill are active in the bays along deeper rock banks with some wood cover.  These fish are being taken by fishing worms under bobbers.  Some Bluegill are also being taken near wood cover on the shallow flats.  

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