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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/03/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam: 355.03  Surface Temperature: 62

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam: 354.85  Surface Temperature: 62
 
Both lakes are at one foot over winter pool.  The fishing continues to be feast or famine depending on which side of the latest cold front you are fishing on.  For example yesterday we had flat water and blue skies after the latest cold front passed thru the area and fishing was tough but today we had some wind from the south and warming temperatures and the fishing was good.  Typical of fall fishing patterns, you can have some very good days or some very slow days... but the nice weather and beautiful fall foliage makes the day on the lake worthwhile.
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken primarily in the bays on secondary points and creek channel banks with wood cover as well as on the shallow flats.  The deeper fish are being taken on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits and soft jerkbaits.  Some Largemouth are still being taken on the ledges and humps near the mouths of the bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  
 
The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day in the bays on secondary points on crankbaits and on shallow flats on topwater lures and lipless crankbaits.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost lemon shad and American shad, Bandit crankbaits in crawfish/chartruese, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom baby brush hogs in watermelon/candy,  Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin and summer craw and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin.
 
The Crappie are being taken in the bays over brush piles in 6-12 ft of water by casting curly tail jigs and by vertically fishing with small tube jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  Some good catches of Crappie are coming in on good bite days.
 
The White Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken with inline spinners and road runners.
 
The Catfish are being taken on the river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits.  The Channel Catfish are being taken near rocky shorelines in the bays on bottom rigs baited with shrimp and leeches.  
 
I am still catching a good number of Rockfish (striped bass) in the bays while bass fishing.  These schooling fighters are hitting blue glimmer spinnerbaits with a vengeance when I happen upon them.
 
There is still plenty of good fall fishing yet to be done... actually our water temperatures are just now getting down where they need to be for the better fall bite.  

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Fall at Kentucky Lake
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

A beautiful palette of colors can be experienced at Kentucky Lake during autumn. It's a site to see!