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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/20/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.79  Water Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.80  Water Temperature - 69
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool and fluctuating.  This has been a week of feast and famine.  The water temperatures and lake levels have been fluctuating up and down daily most of this week.  We have another cold front passing through the lakes area this evening and the water temperatures are sure to drop again (hopefully the will stay down this time).  

There has been a good early morning and late afternoon/evening bite on the bass but during the day it has been either feast of famine depending on how the water is moving (up or down) and what the water temps are doing (up or down).  

Hopefully the weather will settle into a fall scenario after this passing cold front and the water will quit fluctuating so much (it has been fluctuating all week about 6" sometimes twice in 24 hours).  The Crappie folks I have been talking to are saying the same thing about their bite... "feast or famine".  I would expect the bass bite to be tough over the weekend with the cold front passage but you never know... sometimes the bass don't read the rules.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are scattered from the backs of the bays to the main lake.  There has been a good early morning and late evening shallow water bite on topwater lures as well as a good crankbait bite on main lake points and secondary points near the mouths of the bays early and late. 

Largemouth are also being taken of drops near the mouths of the bays as the bass seem to be holding there staged to move into the bays in numbers but these fish seem to be reluctant to actively feed.   Carolina rigs and jignpig are the best bests on these staging fish.  Largemouth are also being taken in the bays on banks that have grass lines with topwater lures, sinking worms and tube jigs.  If you find one of these banks holding feeding fish you can expect it to repeat daily at certain times.  All this said, the bite has been poor to fair this past week with some moments of excitement during the early morning and late evening hours.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been sporadic this week also with some fair early and late bite on main lake points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig and some Smallmouth being taken near shallow grass on topwater lures early and late in the day. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, American shad and aurora blue, 
Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in black and in white, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Yamamoto senko in white, Berkley Power Worm in red shad, Zoom fluke in shad patterns, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.  
The Crappie as mentioned before have been either feast or famine this week.  I have witnessed some good catches this week coming from brush piles in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging small jigs and minnow/jig combinations and also by fishing over the brush with small minnows under bobbers but there have also been some days this week that have left Crappie anglers shaking their heads and wondering what happened to the Crappie bite?

The best answer here is that the fluctuating water levels is either turning them on or turning them off depending on the direction of the water level change.
The White Bass are still schooling in the bays and I am still catching numbers of good sized fish on the flats while fishing for Largemouth Bass with spinnerbaits and rattletraps.  For an added bonus the Rockfish are also schooling in the bays on the flats and I have caught these mean fighters almost every day this week in the same manner as the White Bass.....although I normally only guide for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass if anyone is interested in catching some Rockfish I would be willing to take you out and give them a try.....of course I am still a catch and release guide.  
The Catfish are being taken on the main river channels with yellowtail and shrimp fished on bottom rigs.  There are a number of Catfish cruising the flats in the bays also because I have caught a number of these hungry roamers also while fishing for bass this week.  
The Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover on worms fished under bobbers.
Fall is late in coming this year so the best fishing is definitely yet to come.

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