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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/02/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.96  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 68
The lakes are three feet over winter pool.  This is two feet higher than they were last week.  We are still experiencing a lot of rainfall here in the lakes area on a daily basis.  Unless the TVA starts pulling the lakes hard in the next day or so I would expect the water continue to rise.  

The forecast is for more rain tomorrow and then finally a clearing.  The water temperatures are up one degree since last week also.  Cooler weather is in the long range forecast with some overnight low temperatures in the 30's forecast for later this week and highs in the 50's.  This should drop the water temperatures into a more seasonal range.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on secondary points and on the flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  Lots of schooling bass are being reported.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, floating worms, and Texas rigged worms and tubes.  A full blown fall feeding bite is on and it has been one of the best I have experienced in years.
The Smallmouth Bass are still not feeding heavily yet but this should change with the forecasted cooler temperatures over the next week or so.  The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays on medium and deep running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  An occasional fish is being taken back shallow mixing in with the feeding Largemouth.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in American shad and ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Hart buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Norman crankbaits in white, Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost,  Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom trick worms in white, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
The Crappie are being taken over brush piles and wood cover in 4-10 ft of water.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows and  minnows and jigs under bobbers.   Some fish are being taken early and late in the day by casting small jigs to shoreline cover.
The White Bass are schooling in the bays and are taking inline spinners and bass spinnerbaits cast into the feeding schools.  A good number of Rockfish are also being taken mixing in with the White Bass.  
The Bluegill are very active near shallow cover and are being taken on worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs baited with worms.  

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