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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/14/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.49  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.45  Surface Temperature - 67
Both lakes are a little over 4ft below summer pool.  We finally received some rain in the lakes area over the past few days.  This is the first measurable rainfall we have had here since August.  A series of cold fronts have been passing through the lakes area this week but it has not hurt the fall fishing.  

The fall bite is in full swing and some nice catches are being reported.  High winds are forecasted for tomorrow and Saturday (in excess of 20 mph) so if you are venturing on the big lakes be careful and check the latest wind forecasts for speed and direction so that you can choose an area to fish that will allow you to fish relatively comfortably.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, secondary points in the bays, and on the shallow flats.  The fish on the points are taking some topwater lures early and late, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and tubes as well as jignpig.  The shallow fish are feeding on schools of baitfish and are taking shallow running and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged worms and creature baits near wood cover.  A good number of reports of schooling fish are also being reported in shallow coves and on the flats.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are taking crankbaits and jignpig.  Some individual Smallmouth are being taken in shallow water as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish with the Largemouth.  These shallow Smallmouth are taking the same lures and 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/chartruese and blue/chartruese, Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and rootbeer, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer and black/blue.
The Crappie are being taken near shallow brush and along gravel shorelines with wood cover.  These fish are being taken by casting jigs and also by fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.  
The White Bass are being taken in the bays on the flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits and spinners.  I am catching some very nice White Bass on my bass spinnerbaits under the schools of shad on the flats.
The Catfish are being taken along the creek channels and around rocky banks.  Yellow tail seems to be the bait of choice along with cut baits.  I am also catching some really nice channel and blue catfish on bass spinnerbaits under the schools of baitfish on the flats so there should be some good jug fishing on the flats.
Stripers (Rockfish):  This is a species seldom mentioned as being taken on the lakes in numbers.  Over the past few weeks I am catching good numbers of these fiesty fighters almost every day as I am bass fishing.  These fish are schooling on the flats and feeding on the schools of baitfish.  We are catching them on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  

I am not sure if there has been an increase in the numbers of these fish on the lakes or if they are just gathering together for fall feeding but I have caught more Rockfish in the past 3 weeks than I have in the past 8 years total.

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