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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/21/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Elevation at Ky Dam - 356.71  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Elevation at Barkley Dam - 356.70  Surface Temperature - 66
 
The lakes are 2.5 ft below summer pool.  This is a rise of one foot since last week due to heavy rains in the area and upriver.  Ky Lake is currently spilling at 122,000 cfps.  Ky Lake is clear.  Lake Barkley has stained to muddy water in the river channel on the main lake but the creeks are clear.  There is a good bit of wood debris floating on Lake Barkley.  The fall bite is still in full swing although a series of cold fronts recently did slow the fishing some for a couple of days.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays as well as on the shallow flats in the bays.  The main lake point fish are being caught on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, and jignpig.  The secondary point fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig especially near wood cover.  The shallow fish are feeding heavily on schools of baitfish and some good schooling action has been reported.  These fish are being taken on topwater early and late, spinnerbaits, shallow and medium running crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  The Largemouth fishing is good.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the bays early and late in the day on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The Smallmouth bite is fair at best but this should change very soon as the water temperatures drop a little more.  Expect to start seeing some schooling Smallmouth in the bays early and late in the day.
 
Some of the most productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/chrome and natural shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Lewis Ratteltraps in blue/chrome, white, and black/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, and Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and rootbeer.
 
The Crappie are being taken in the bays over creek channel ledges in 12-15 ft of water and over brush piles near the shoreline in 6-8 ft of water.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  The shallow fish over brush are being taken by casting small jigs and also by fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.
 
The White Bass are schooling in the bays on the flats and are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish can be taken by casting small crankbaits and spinners into the feeding schools.
 
The Bluegill are active around shallow wood cover and are being taken on worms fished under bobbers.  

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!