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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/28/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.98   Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.65  Surface Temperature - 67
 
Both lakes are leveling off at close to one foot above winter pool after having been pulled down over a foot during the past week.  The water clarity is good on both lakes.  A stalled warm front has been keeping cloud cover in the lakes area with scattered rain showers over the past number of days.  The fishing has been good.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on secondary points and on the flats.  These fish are feeding heavily and some good fish are being caught.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and floating worms.  The Largemouth fishing has been very good.  As a bonus I am still catching a good number of Rockfish while fishing the schooling bass on the flats.  The Rockfish seem to prefer the blue glimmer spinnerbait.
 
The Smallmouth are still sporadic at best although some few fish are being taken as they are mixing in with the shallow Largemouth feeding on schools of baitfish in the bays.  Some fish are being taken on main lake primary points and the first secondary points in the bays on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The water temperatures have not yet gotten low enough for a good fall feed for these fish but this should happen very soon.
 
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, Strike King Fat Free Shad in white, Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Lewis Rattletrapps in blue/chrome and firetiger,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
 
The Crappie are being taken in the bays over brush piles in 6-10 ft of water by casting small jigs and by vertically fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  Some fish are being taken by casting the banks early and late in the day with small jigs.
 
The White Bass are being taken in the bays with some jumps being reported.  These fish are being taken with inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.  Some good fish are being taken also by casting medium running crankbaits into the schools. 
 
The Bluegill are very active on the flats near wood cover and are being taken by fishing worms under bobbers near the wood cover.
 
The Catfish are reported as slow but some fish are being taken on the flats in the bays as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish.  These fish can be taken by fishing bottom rigs with cut baits.

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