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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/18/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.36  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 58
Both lakes are on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  Fishing has been very good over the past few days and with the weather forecast it should be a great weekend for fishing here on the big lakes.  There are still plenty of baitfish in the bays and the fish are feeding in preparation for the coming winter.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on secondary creek channel points and on the flats.  These fish are chasing schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, shallow and medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  The Largemouth fishing has been very good this past week.
The Smallmouth Bass are still somewhat slow with a few reports of catches on the rocky main lake points and some fish being taken on the secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in American shad, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Storm wigglewort in bleeding shad, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw.  
The Crappie are very active and are being taken in 8-12 ft of water over brushpiles by fishing with small minnows under bobbers and by vertically jigging small jigs.  Some very good catches are being reported.
The White Bass are active in the bays and are schooling on baitfish.  These fish are taking inline spinners and shallow running crankbaits.  Some of the larger fish are taking bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and rattletraps.  There are some Rockfish and Hybrids mixing in with these schools.
The Bluegill are active and are being taken on creek channel banks near wood cover.  These fish are being taken with worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs.
The Catfish have been active along the main river channels and are taking leeches and cut baits fished on bottom rigs.

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