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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/17/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.03  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  What a week we have had with the weather.  On Tuesday two cold fronts collided over the lakes area and brought with them some very bad storms imbedded with tornadoes.  There was a lot of damage in the area, especially in Marshall County and also some loss of life. 

We would like to ask you folks to join us in sending our condolences and prayers to all those that have suffered from these storms.  The fishing was good on Sunday and Monday prior to the storms arriving on Tuesday but it has been slow since then with the passage of the cold fronts but it should pick back up over the weekend if the weather forecast holds.  The weekend weather outlook is for clear skies and highs in the mid to high 50's and lows in the lower 30's.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points and on shallow flats.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish.  We should start seeing more schooling fish now that the water temperatures have dropped into the high 50's.  I am also still catching a number of stripers (rockfish) feeding on these schools of shad also.  I am taking most of them on spinnerbaits.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken in the bays feeding on the schools of baitfish with the same lures as mentioned for the shallow Largemouth.
Some of the productive lures this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and rootbeer, S&S custom traps in threadfin shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.
The Crappie are being taken over brush piles and around wood cover in the bays.  Some are being taken along the old creek channels over brushpiles in 8-12 ft of water by vertically fishing with small tubes and minnows and by casting curly tail tubes.  Some Crappie are also being taken over shallow brush piles in 3-8 ft of water by casting curly tail jigs.  
The White Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on small spoons and roostertails cast near the large schools of baitfish.  
Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover on worms fished under bobbers.
Catfish are being taken on the old river channels by fishing with yellowtail, shrimp and leeches on bottom bouncing rigs.  Some Catfish are being taken in the bays by jug anglers on the flats.  
There is still some good late fall fishing to be had and it should last a few more weeks.  

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