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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/08/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.84   Surface Temperature:  80

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.90  Surface Temperature: 80
Both lakes are 3 ft below summer pool after having been drawn back down after the influx of water from Hurricane Katrina.  The water temperatures have dropped 5 degrees in the past week.  We are in that period now with the water temperatures that some of the fish will start to transition to fall feeding areas and patterns.  Already a good number of bass are being taken shallow but there are still good numbers of fish on the ledges.  This period of transition normally translates into some very tough fishing days and some very good fishing days depending on the mood of the fish and water level/temperature fluctuations.  

The reports I received this week indicated that the bass fishing on Lake Barkley was tough this week and the bite on Kentucky Lake was either very good or slow depending on the day you were fishing.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken both shallow in the bays and also on the ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays.  The shallow fish are being taken on the flats especially near submerged vegetation on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits mostly early and late in the day but some days this week the shallow water bite lasted well into the mid day indicating that more fish are moving shallow.  There are still plenty of fish on the ledges and these fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and jignpig.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep rocky creek channel banks and main lake points early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, tube jigs jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the bays near vegetation on topwater lures.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad and aurora blue, Lucky Craft gun fish lures in aurora blue and American shad, Rebel Pop R's in shad patterns, Zoom flukes in shad patterns, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Bandit crankbaits in crawfish/chartruese and parrot and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.  
The White Bass are still being taken along the main river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind a deep diving crankbait.
Crappie are being taken along the old creek channels on the main lake near the mouths of the bays by spider rigging with small jigs and small minnows.  
Bluegill are being taken near submerged vegetation on the flats in the bays with crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken along deep rocky creek channel banks with submerged vegetation and wood cover using the same baits and method.
Catfish are being taken along the main river channels by bottom fishing with yellowtail and cut baits

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