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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/12/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.76   Surface Temperature: 62

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.80  Surface Temperature: 62
 
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool and on a slow rise.  The lakes area experienced heavy rains over the past 24 hours as did the areas upriver from the lakes so we should see a slight rise in the lakes over the next few days.  The fall fishing is patterns continue to be good as the fish are feeding up for the coming winter.
 
The Largemouth Bass are in the bays and are feeding heavily on the schools of baitfish.  These fish can be taken on the secondary points and on the flats on topwater lures, suspending jerkbaits, medium and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  The Largemouth Bass fishing has been very good this fall and this should continue for a while longer.
 
The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been still somewhat slow but this will probably change during the next week.  The water temperatures are just now getting to the levels needed to turn the Smallmouth onto the fall feeding patterns.  The Smallmouth are reportedly being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  I hope to have a better report on these fish next week.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in American shad and ghost lemon pearl, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Hart buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Lucky Craft pointers in american shad,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and white, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.
 
The Crappie are very active in the bays and are being taken over shallow wood cover by fishing with small minnows and jigs under bobbers in 3-6ft of water.  Some Crappie are also being taken by vertically fishing minnow/jig combinations over deeper brush near the creek channels in 8-12 ft of water.
 
The White Bass are schooling in the bays and are feeding heavily on baitfish.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small crankbaits.  A number of Rockfish are mixing in with these schools and are hitting the crankbaits and larger spinnerbaits.
 
The Bluegill are very active in the shallow water near wood cover and are taking worms fished under bobbers and also on split shot rigs.
 
The fall fishing continues to be very good and hopefully ol man winter will stay away for a while and keep this good fishing going for another few weeks.  

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