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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/25/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.79  Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 53
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Fishing was good earlier this week but the nasty cold front that came thru the lakes area on Wednesday evening has slowed things down but hopefully a forecasted warm up period this weekend will bring the bite back as it was earlier in the week.  The surface temperatures dropped rapidly over the past two days and the shad pulled back to deeper water in the bays so if you are not getting bit this weekend back in the shallow water areas you have been fishing try moving out to to the first deeper water areas in the bays to find your fish.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on secondary points and on the flats on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jignpig and tube jigs fished near wood cover.  These fish are feeding on schools of shad, especially under schools of feeding white bass and rockfish (stripers).
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points on crankbaits, jignpig and tubejigs.  The Smallmouth bite has picked up over the past week and should be good this weekend with the warm up and cloud cover.  
Some of the productive lures this week were reported to be:  Bandit and Norman crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, S&S traps in threadfin shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.  
The Crappie are being taken over brush piles along the old creek channels in the bays in 10-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with small tubes and minnow/tube combinations.  Crappie are also being taken over brush piles and laydowns in 5 - 10 ft of water near the banks.  These fish are being taken on minnows and tube jigs fished under bobbers as well as by casting curly tail jigs.  
The Catfish are being taken on the old river channels by fishing with bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellowtail.  
The Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover on worms fished under bobbers.
I am guiding and will for another couple of weeks as long as the weather allows.  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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