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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/22/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.99  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.85  Surface Temperature - 80
Both lakes are 3 ft below summer pool and on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  Expect the lakes levels to drop another one foot in October barring a big influx of water.  High pressure and near record warm temperatures has been in control of the lakes area for the past couple of days which has slowed the fishing some but this should rebound later this weekend or early next week.  Earlier in the week the fishing was good.  

This is normal during the fall transition time when the water temperatures go up the fishing will slow some until they start dropping again.  The forecast is for a cooling trend at the end of the weekend and possibly some foul weather from the remnants of Hurricane Rita, of course the track of this toward this area won't be known for sure until after it makes landfall.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on a number of patterns from deep water to shallow.  There are bass being taken on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jignpig and slow rolled spinnerbaits.  Some good fish are being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the bays especially near vegetation on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.

Largemouth are being taken in the grass beds during the day on weedless lures.  Largemouth are also being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  As you can see, many patterns are available as is normal during a transition period and these patterns can be good one day or slow the next so you need to be versatile this time of year.
The Smallmouth Bass are slow on the main lake ledges and points but a few are being taken along the river channel ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are being taken shallow in the bays near vegetation early in the morning and late in the day on topwater lures.  
Some of the most productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and american shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and smokey joe,  Bandit crankbaits in parrot and splatterback, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple
The White Bass have been active on the main lake flats and also on flats in the bays.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons on a slow retrieve.  I have witnessed a number of jumps of good fish some flats in the bays this week.  
The Crappie are being taken on the main lake ledges and ledges around the mouths of the bays over deep brush piles.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging small jigs.
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channel ledges on shrimp, yellowtail and leeches fished on bottom rigs.  
The Bluegill are being taken around docks and in the backs of the bays near weed beds on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
Today is the first day of autumn.  Soon the water temperatures are going to cool down enough to move large numbers of shad and predatory fish into the bays and the fall feed will be on.  I am already having some good shallow water fishing but it is going to get a lot better here soon.  

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