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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/19/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354. 39  Surface Temperature - 64

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.45  Surface Temperature - 62
Both lakes are at or slightly above winter pool.  Overall the fishing is still slow for this time of year.  The bass fishing is still on and off with cold fronts moving through the lakes area every 24 to 48 hours.  The bite is scattered just like the fish.  You can have some good days if you are on the right spot at the right time but it has been more hit and miss than being able to run a steady pattern.  There are fish shallow and fish deep with some fish in between.  

The best reports have been on the Crappie fishing but even these fish are scattered from deep to shallow and anglers are having to move here and there to find some fish.  Hopefully these cold fronts will slow down and the weather will stabilize for a while and settle the fish down into a good fall feeding pattern.  The creeks and bays are full of baitfish just waiting on the predators to come in and feed up.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken from the mouths of the creeks and bays to the shallow flats.  The deeper fish are being taken on the main lake points, lead in creek channel banks and secondary points on Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  

The shallow fish are being taken on the flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, shallow running and lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  It has been more opportunity fishing lately than pattern fishing, one day you can get the shallow fish to bite good and even run into some feeding schools and some days it is tough to get any numbers of fish.  On the good days the best bet is to stay shallow, on the tougher days you need to move around and hit a lot of points and lead in banks.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and first secondary points in the creeks and bays with some fish being taken on shallow main lake humps.  These fish are taking crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  Like the Largemouth the Smallmouth fishing has been slow.  A few Smallmouth are being taken shallow in the bays feeding on schools of baitfish but I have not found any feeding schools of Smallmouth as of yet.  The shallow fish are taking lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft G-splash in ghost lemon pearl, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome,  Lucky Craft Pointer in blue ayu, Rapala X-rap in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, S&S lipless crankbaits in threadfin shad and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  The Crappie are being taken from the mouths of the creeks and bays to the backs of the creeks and bays also.  The deeper fish are being taken by spider rigging over deep brush piles along the old creek channels using minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  The shallow fish are being taken near wood cover (brush piles, laydowns and stumps) by fishing with minnows under bobbers.  The Crappie reports indicate the Crappie have been the better biting fish lately.  Although big numbers are not being reported as of yet, some catches of good size Crappie are coming in.
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and yellowtail.  The reports this week are mixed with some good catches being reported and some slow days being reported.  Some Channel Cats are being taken on the flats in the bays where they are feeding on schools of baitfish but I have not had any reports of big numbers as of yet.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover and also off primary and secondary points with wood cover.  These fish are being taken with worms fished under bobbers. 
The best of the fall fishing is yet to come. 

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.