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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/25/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.5    Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.3  Surface Temperature - 58
Both lakes are about 1.5 ft over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam is spilling water at around 90,000 cfps.  There was lots of rain upriver this past week and the water is coming through the lakes now.  A severe cold front hit the lakes area last night and we can expect water temperatures to be dropping over the next few days with daily highs in the 50's and lows at night in the 30's.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on the flats and on secondary creek channel banks and points.  Some bass are still schooling on the flats but most seem to be moving out along the creek channel banks now as the shad is starting to migrate back toward deeper water.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.
The Smallmouth are still somewhat slow on lures but some are being taken on the main lake points 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 black/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Storm wigglewort in bleeding shad, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glitter, and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and orange/red.
The Crappie have been active this past week in the bays and are being taken in 8-12 ft of water over brush with some reports of fish being taken even shallower early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and also with minnows fished under bobbers.
The White Bass are being taken in the bays as they are still schooling on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on small crankbaits and inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.  
The Bluegill are active on creek channel banks near wood cover.  These fish are being taken on worms fished on split shot rigs and under bobbers.
The Catfish are being taken near the river channels on yellowtail and leeches on bottom bouncing rigs.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.