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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/28/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.52   Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.45  Surface Temperature - 79
 
The first big fall cold front passed through the area here early this morning bringing with it high north winds and cooler temperatures.  The overnight temperature tonight is forecasted to be in the low 40's and tomorrow night in the high 40's.  The extended 10 day forecast is for overnight lows primarily in the mid to high 50's.  

These cooler night temperatures will certainly start lowering the water temperatures and will start moving more fish into the bays for the fall feeding period.  Both lakes are 3.5 ft below summer pool and are being drawn down over the next 24 hours another 6 inches to 4 ft below summer pool which is normal for October levels.  The fishing has been good this week both shallow and deep for the bass. 

I did not get on the water today but I would have expected a slow bite with the cold front and water drawdown at least in shallow water.  I would expect the shallow water bite to be off for another day or so until the water stabilizes and then depending on how fast the water temperatures drop the shallow bite should pick up to be even better than it has been lately as more fish move into the bays.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are still being taken on fall transition patterns, that is:  Largemouth are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and slacked lined jignpig.

Largemouth are also being taken in the bays on secondary points on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and creature baits, spinnerbaits and jignpig.  Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water on the flats and in the grass beds.  There is a good early morning topwater bite on some mornings in shallow water off the grass beds and then a good bite in the grass beds on buzzbaits and soft plastic grass fishing lures.  

There are some schooling fish moving in and out of  the flats during the day and these fish are being taken on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  As you can see there are a myriad of patterns either working or not working on any given day right now as is typical for the fall transition time.  The shallow water bite should get better and better over the next couple of weeks as the water temperatures drop and more fish move shallow to feed up for winter.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are being taken in shallow pockets early and late in the day on topwater lures as they are schooling on baitfish.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and american shad, Booyah buzzbaits in black and white, Rebel pop r in white and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in speckled back, blue/chartruese and white, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy, Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin/pearl, black/pearl and watermelon/red swirl, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, watermelon/purple and smoke/purple and  Hook Some Bass and Stanley jigs in brown, black/blue and green pumpkin. 
 
The Crappie are being taken along the creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays over brush piles in 12 - 15ft of water by spider rigging with small jigs.  Some reports of Crappie being taken early and late in the day over brush piles off secondary points in the bays have been received.   
 
The White Bass are still being taken along the main lake river ledges and on the adjacent flats on inline spinners and small spoons.  I have run into a number of white bass schools feeding on the flats in the bays during the day while bass fishing this week.  I have caught some nice white bass while throwing small spinnerbaits for Largemouth bass in these areas.  This pattern should increase over the next couple of weeks.
 
The Catfish are being taken on the main river channels on bottom rigs with leeches, shrimp and cut baits.  Some catfish are being taken on deep rocky banks as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  I have caught some few big catfish this week on the flats in the bays while fishing for Largemouth Bass.  This should be a good time to jug fish the flats with these hungry big cats moving shallow to feed on baitfish.
 
The Bluegill are being taken on creek channel banks near wood cover and also in the grass beds using worms fished under bobbers.
 
The fall shallow water fishing is getting started and should only get better over the near future.  

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Elk
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This majestic elk eyes the camera cautiously. To see bulls with fully developed racks, visit the Elk and Bison Prairie in the fall!