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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/27/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.89  Surface Temperature - 64

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.95  Surface Temperature - 64
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  A major cold front passed through the lakes area last Saturday giving way to cooler weather which has dropped the water temperatures to more favorable levels for fall fishing.  Fishing has continued to be feast or famine since last week.  

Prior to the cold front passage late last week some of the biggest bags of bass were weighed in during the Angler's Choice tournament that I can remember for this time of year.  Since the cold front passage the fishing has once again turned spotty for bass with some good days and some very slow days this week.  

A high pressure area located north of the lakes area has been dominating the weather this week with north winds and cooler temperatures.  The weekend outlook is good for some warming during the day and more favorable winds.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays primarily on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  On the more active days the Largemouth are being taken with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits on the flats and medium running crankbaits on rocky creek channel banks and secondary points with wood cover.  These active fish are feeding on large schools of baitfish.  On the slower bite days the best bet has been fishing tube jigs and jigs around wood cover on primary and secondary creek channel banks.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake points and secondary creek channel points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in craw/chartruese and rootbeer, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Wee Little Duck crankbaits in shad and craw patterns, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome,  Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass and Stanley jigs in brown and black/blue.  
The Crappie bite has been reported as good most days with some good catches coming in 6 - 12 ft of water over brush piles by both casting curly tail jigs and vertically fishing with minnows and jig/minnows combinations.  I have received some reports of Crappie being taken as shallow as 4 ft on south Barkley.  
I am still catching some nice White Bass and Stripers (Rockfish) on the flats in the bays while fishing for Largemouth Bass.  Although I am not catching big numbers of the White Bass I am sure that someone throwing small inline spinners or small spoons could catch quite a few of these quality size whites.  
I am also catching some Catfish back on the shallow flats  while bass fishing as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish.  We have caught a both Blue Cats and Channel Cats so jug fishing on the flats might be a good idea.  Reports indicate that the Blue Cats are still mostly being taken on the main river channels and the Channel Cats are being taken near rocks close to shallow water.  Bottom bouncing rigs with yellowtail and shrimp are reported to be working.

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