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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/13/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.60   Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.55  Surface Temperature - 71
Both lakes are about 1/ 2 foot above winter pool.  The big cold front that came through the area last Friday slowed fishing down over the weekend and the first part of the week but the cold front did manage to push the water temperatures down considerably.  This cooling has started the big schools of shad moving into the bays and the forecast looks good for the water temperatures to not go up again like they did with the record heat wave we had a couple of weeks back.  The bass are transitioning again now as they were before the big heat wave and if this weather trend continues we should be in a full fall pattern very soon.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken both shallow and deep as they are in transition to fall patterns.  There are good fish still being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays on deep running crankbaits, slow rolled spinnerbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits.  

More Largemouth have moved into the bays over the past few days and they are being taken on secondary creek channel banks and points on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats near vegatation and wood cover on topwater lures (especially early and late in the day), spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake and creek channel ledges on spinnerbaits and carolina rigged creature baits as well as in the bays on creek channel banks on tubes and jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the flats early and late in the day on topwater lures and spinnerbaits.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in american shad, blue aurora and ghost pearl lemon, Zoom fluke in shad patterns, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chartruese, and Hook Some tubes in chameleon craw.  
The Crappie are actively biting and are being taken in the bays over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water by spider rigging with small minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  I have seen a number of folks putting some nice keeper Crappie in the boat this week by fishing these brush piles that are located near creek channel ledges at the mouths of the bays.  
The White Bass are in the bays and are being taken on the flats while they are feeding on big schools of baitfish. I have witness quite a few jumps although these are of short duration this week but these fish are very aggressive and I have been catching them on bass spinnerbaits so anyone fishing for them with small inline spinners and spoons should do very well.
The Catfish are being taken along the river channel ledges on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and yellowtail.  
The Bluegill are being taken around the docks and around vegetation along the banks in the bays.  These fish are taking worms fished under bobbers.
I apologize for not writing a fishing report last week but I was out of town all week until this past Saturday on an annual trout fishing trip.  I did not put up a report when I returned because of a lack of outside reports received and my not having been on the lakes all week.
Fall fishing is beginning to get into full swing.  If you are in need of a guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email. 

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This eagle has "puffed up" his feathers to appear more threatening. He hopes to intimidate a nearby enemy.