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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/30/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.19  Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.70  Surface Temperature - 73
 
Both lakes are at 3 ft below summer pool.  The lakes should start to be drawn down another foot sometime in the next week or so.  We have had cool north winds most of the week and night temperatures in the 40's.  This has cooled the water temperatures considerably and the fish are moving into the bays in numbers.  The fall bite is finally getting started.
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on primary and secondary points as well as on the flats and in the shallow coves.  The fish on the points are being taken with topwater early and late in the day, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and creature baits, and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and swimming jigs as they are feeding on the large schools of threadfin shad.  The Largemouth bite has been good this past few days.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater early and late, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  The Smallmouth are not yet as active as the Largemouth but this should pick up soon.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Hart buzzbaits in chartruese/white, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad and american shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and white, Norman crankbaits in white, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple/chartruese, and Hook Some Bass brush hounds in green pumpkin.  
 
The Crappie are being taken both along the creek channels in the bays and also over brush piles near the bank.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing with minnow and minnow/jig combinations.  The shallow fish are good early and late in the day by casting small jigs and fishing minnows under bobbers.
 
The Catfish bite is good and they are being taken along the creek channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits, yellowtail, and shrimp.  
 
The Bluegill are active on deep creek channel banks near the first dropoffs with wood cover as well as around docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken on split shot rigs and under bobbers baited with red worms and wax worms.
 

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Paddleboarding
Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.