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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/28/2001

A slow cold front is moving through the lakes area today and is dumping a lot of rain.  The lakes are rising and are now at 2ft over winter pool and still rising.  This change in the water levels coupled with the possibility that the water temperatures may change downward also because the rain is a cold rain will most likely change the fishing conditions we have had since last report.  As of yesterday the following patterns were prevailing:  The Largemouth Bass are in the bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  They are located on secondary points and on the flats near wood cover.  The Largemouth are taking suspended jerk baits, small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jignpig.  The Smallmouth Bass are biting on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake on the main lake points. The Smallmouth are taking suspending jerk baits, jignpig, and tube baits with some early morning topwater on stick baits. Some of the lures that are being reported as productive for the Largemouth and Smallmouth are Suspending Rouges in clown and natural colors, Shadrap crankbaits in original black/silver, Spooks in natural colors, Sammy's in chartruese,  Rattletraps in blue/chrome and smokey joe, and Snoozers Road Kill Cammo tubes. The Crappie have been very active this past week on creek channels in 12-15 ft of water over brush piles and stumps.  There are some crappie being caught shallow in 3-6 ft of water also.  The crappie are best on tight lined small minnows deep and minnows under bobbers shallow.  I have received some reports of good crappie being caught by casting small jigs on deep points with brush piles on them in 10 - 15 ft of water.  There are still very good reports of big catfish being caught near the river channel on South Barkley using large minnows and cut baits.  The weather forecast is dry for this weekend and if you are coming down to the lakes you should check the water levels to see if the lakes are still rising.  The rising water should move some more fish shallow unless the water temperatures change downward drastically.  Take care on the lakes and remember that the water temperatures are now prime for hypothermic conditions should you get wet.  Bring extra clothes and let someone know when and where you plan to fish.  Now is the time to start booking your trips for next spring.  Bookings for next year are already coming in and if you want to get the date(s) you desire you need start planning now.  Last March we had a great bite here on the Smallmouth Bass and we should have an even better season next year weather permitting.  

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