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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/07/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.27  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.20  Surface Temperature - 68
Both lakes are at 4 ft below summer pool and stable.  We are having some beautiful fall days with cool crisp mornings and warm afternoons here in the lakes area.  The leaves are starting to show their fall colors and the fish are into their fall feeding patterns, what else could a person want but a nice beautiful fall day on the big lakes with biting fish.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on main lake points, secondary points, and on the flats.  The deeper fish are being taken on the points early and late in the day on topwater lures and on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and creature baits, and jignpig during the day.  The shallow fish are being taken late in the morning and through out the afternoon on the flats as they are feeding heavily on schools of baitfish.  These shallow fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits.  I have been having some very good days lately on these fall feeders.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  Some individual smallmouth are being taken in the bays on the flats as they are mixing in with the feeding largemouth.  These fish are being taken on the same lures as the shallow largemouth.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Hart buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Norman crankbaits in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and chartruese/black, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in rootbeer and green pumpkin, and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin.
The Crappie are being taken in the bays both along the creek channel ledges over brush and over shallow brush in 6-8 ft of water.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  The shallow fish are being taken by fishing small jigs and small minnows under bobbers.
The Catfish are being taken along the creek channels on bottom rigs using cut baits and yellowtail.  Some Catfish are also being taken on the flats in the bays by fishing nightcrawlers and yellow tail under bobbers.  
The Bluegill are being taken along rocky creek channel banks by fishing worms on split shot rigs and under bobbers.

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This pileated woodpecker is one of the more common woodpecker species in North America. It is also one of the largest forest birds in the region.