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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/15/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.78  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.70  Surface Temperature - 82
 
Both lakes are a little over 3 ft below summer pool and on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  We have a major cold front passing thru the lakes area this evening with a forecast for the weekend of temperatures in the 70's and low 80's for the weekend with night time low's in the mid 50's to low 60's.  With the drop in water levels there are a number of obstructions showing up in areas where normally there are none so be very careful when running the lakes.
 
The Largemouth Bass are in early fall transition patterns which means that there area a myriad of patterns working or not working on any given day.  Largemouth are being taken on the main lake ledges and ledges in the bays on Carolina rigged creature baits, deep running crankbaits and jignpig.

Largemouth are also being taken on main lake points and secondary creek channel points in the bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and tubes and jignpig.  There is a good early morning and late evening bite on shallow flats especially those with submerged vegetation on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and main lake points during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits and jignpig.  There are a number of Smallmouth being taken early and late in the day on shallow flats, especially those with vegetation on topwater lures.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, American shad and aurora blue, Rebel Pop R in bone and shad patterns, Booyah buzzbaits in white and black, Bandit crankbaits in blue/chartruese and speckled back, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and smokey joe, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Net Baits paca craws in summer craw, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass jigs in pumkin/pepper/green.
 
The Crappie are still being taken on creek channel ledges on the main lake near the mouths of the bays and over deep brush piles at the mouths of the bays on creek channels by spider rigging with small minnows and jigs.  These fish are staging to move into the bays and this should happen when the water temperatures drop a few more degrees.  
 
The White Bass are being taken on the main lake ledges on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically and by trolling these lures behind deep running crankbaits.  I saw a number of jumps this week over deep ledges on the main river channel on Ky Lake but they were in short duration.
 
The Catfish are being taken on the main river channels by fishing bottom rigs baited with yellowtail and cut baits.
 
The Bluegill are being taken on shallow flats near heavy vegetation and along rocky creek channel banks on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  

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Kentucky Lake Sunset
Photo by Shawn Dunnaway

Sunsets at Kentucky Lake are special. You can find them on the eastern banks of Kentucky Lake looking west across a mile of ripples and waves. There's nothing quite like experiencing a sunset on Kentucky Lake.