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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

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

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.38  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 77
The lakes are near 3 ft below summer pool with only a slight rise in water levels with the upriver runoff from the latest hurricane remnants that passed thru eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky.  The fish are continuing to transition from summer to fall patterns as the water temperatures are slowly falling.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and humps and ledges near the mouths of the bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, deep running crankbaits, and jignpig.  The ledge bite has been a little better this week with the current being generated from the upriver runoff coming thru the lakes.  There are Largemouth being taken on primary points and secondary points in the bays and also some fish are being taken on the flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  The deeper point fish are also feeding on schools of shad and these fish are being taken on creek channel points with wood cover.  These fish can be taken with crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The shallow fish on the flats are taking topwater early and late, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shallow running crankbaits, soft jerkbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and the first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  There are a few reports of some Smallmouth feeding on the shallow flats near grass and wood early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures and soft jerkbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Strike King Fat Free Shad in white and shad patterns, Bandit crankbaits in blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white/chartruese and blue glimmer,  Zoom lizards in pumpkin/chartruese, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin/brown and Chameleon Craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
The Crappie are staging near the mouths of the creeks with some reports of staging fish off secondary points with brush cover.  The deeper fish can be taken along the old creek channel ledges over wood cover by fishing vertically with jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  The point fish are being taken on minnows fished under bobbers and vertically presented tubes.  There have been a few reports also of some Crappie moving to the banks early and late in the day.  These early fish are being taken by fishing minnows under bobbers.  
The Catfish are being taken in the creek channels on shrimp and leeches fished on bottom rigs.  
The Bluegill are being taken on shallow flats near wood cover and also around docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken on worms fished under bobbers.  

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