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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/31/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.52  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 83
 
Both lakes are about 2.5 ft below summer pool.  We have had some nice cool weather here in the lakes area all week and it has made it very pleasant to be on the water after all the triple digit temperatures we had earlier this month.  I was actually a little chilly yesterday and wore a thin jacket most of yesterday morning.  

The forecast is for temperatures in the 70's for Saturday and Sunday and low 80's there after for the rest of next week.  Low's are forecasted to be in the high 50's to low 60's.  This cooling off period has dropped the water temperatures a little and if the forecast holds true then we should see the water temperatures start moving downward some.  

For the angler's this means it won't be long before the bass and crappie start staging near the mouths of the bays as the mature shad gather there before they make their transition to shallow water for fall feeding.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and ledges near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged large and small creature baits and worms, jigs and Texas rigged large worms.  

Largemouth are being taken early and late in the day on shallow main lake flats and on flats in the backs of the bays over grass beds.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged worms, spinnerbaits and deadsticked worms.  

Some Largemouth are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points in the bays early and late in the day as they are feeding on schools of mature fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures and crankbaits.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep river channel ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day over shallow grass beds on topwater lures and deadsticked worms.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and American shad, Zoom horny toads in white and green pumpkin swirl, Yamamoto  Senkos in variations of watermelon, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Net Baits Baby Paca Craw in summer craw and pumpkin/chartruese, Zoom ol monster worms in plum, Zoom magnum lizards in green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges by vertically jigging with small spoons and inline spinners.  These fish are also being taken by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.  Some jumps are being reported early and late in the day on flats adjacent to the river channels and are being taken on inline spinners and small topwater lures.
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the river channels on bottom rigs baited with yellow tail and leeches.  Some big blue catfish are being brought in this week.
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken near shallow grass beds and around docks on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.

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