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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/21/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.50  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.50  Surface Temperature - 75
Both lakes are 3.5 feet below summer pool.  As predicted in last week's report the below seasonal temperatures we experienced this week has the shad transitioning to the creeks and bays.  More and more of the shad schools have been showing up in the creeks and bays each day this week.  As per usual during the fall transition of the shad the bass are scattered from the mouths of the creeks and bays to the shallows.  

We have another approaching cold front which will pass through the lakes area sometime Saturday.  High winds are forecasted for tomorrow and Saturday from a southerly direction so the lakes will be very rough and anglers that venture on the lakes are urged to be cautious.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the humps and ledges around the mouths of the bays, on mainlake primary points and the secondary points in the bays and on the shallow flats in the bays.  The fish are scattered with the transition from summer to fall patterns.  

A very good topwater bite has been present this week on cloudy days early in the morning and late in the evening and lasting sometimes well into the day.  The deeper ledge fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The mid range fish on the secondary points in the bays are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, shallow jerkbaits and deadstick worms.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary point and secondary points in the bays as well as on river ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on the flats in shallow water on topwater lures.  
Some of the more productive lures this week are reported as:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Zara spook in white and shad patterns, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Zoom horny toads in white and green pumpkin swirl, Zoom super flukes in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Lewis rattletraps in blue chrome and smokey joe, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw, Strike King bitsy flip jigs in green pumpkin craw, Net Baits baby paca craw in summer craw and Yamamoto senko on watermelon/red/green.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken near the mouths of the bays on old creek channels by spider rigging with small minnows in 15-20 ft of water over wood cover.
White Bass:  The White Bass seem to be scattered with the transition.  Some white bass are showing up in the creeks and bays on the flats but these seem to be smaller fish.  Some larger fish are being taken around the mouths of the bays by vertically jigging with small spoons and inline spinners.
Catfish:  Some good catches of big catfish are being reported on the main river channels fishing with bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and yellowtails.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around shallow vegetation and around docks by fishing with worms under bobbers.  
The transition to fall patterns is in full swing.  We should be in full blown fall fishing pattern within the next week or ten days if the present weather patterns continue.  If you have not already made your plans for your fall fishing trips you should do so now...fall fishing give you some great fishing experiences.  

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