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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/07/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.17  Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354. 35  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are at winter pool.  My report is late this week because I was out of town for a few days and just returned last night.  I did not want to put out a report until I had a chance to review all the reports sent to me this week and also get a day on the water today myself.  The bite has been slow here this past week due to a number of reasons.  The water was pulled down very quickly last week (one week from last Thursday) after the heavy rains we had received the week before raised the lakes above seasonal levels.   This coupled with cold fronts coming thru the area immediately following the pull down really slowed the fishing.  The bass anglers have had the additional problem of over 900 boats practicing and fishing tournaments here this week.  With all these things happening at a time when the fish are in a transitional stage it made for some tough fishing.  Having said that, let me say that earlier in the week the bite was slow for me and my clients but not impossible...the key was to slow down and stay put in areas that had been producing fish prior to the bite getting tough. My last day on the water  before leaving town was Monday and we did manage to put around 15lbs (best 5 fish)  in the boat by being patient. We caught all our fish on two shallow flats that had been producing prior to the water being pulled down on topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Hopefully things will settle down this coming week and the fishing will pick up.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft and hard jerkbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics.  Fish are also still being taken on staging humps and ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Secondary points and creek channel banks leading to the backs of the bays are also producing some fish on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on river ledges and rocky main lake points with Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day in shallow water in the creeks and bays on topwater lures and shallow running crankbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G-splash  in ghost pearl lemon and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in white and splatterback, Rapala X-raps in white and black/silver, Zoom Super Flukes in white and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken along the old creek channels in the creeks and bays in 12-20 ft of water over brush piles.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small minnows and jigs.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the flats in the bays and creeks where they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken with inline spinners and small spoons cast in and around the large schools of baitfish.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and yellowtail.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around shallow wood and vegetation and  also around docks with wood cover by fishing with worms under bobbers.  

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