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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/26/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.12   Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.15  Surface Temperature - 60
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool.  The water temperatures dropped a couple more degrees this week with below normal temperatures we have been having.  The fishing improved some this week over the slow bite we have been having in the past few weeks.  

It appears that the fish have decided they better start eating if they are going to make it through the coming winter.  We are still having some slow days behind all the cold fronts we have been getting but the bite is definitely getting better on the prefrontal days.  A return to more seasonal temperatures is forecasted for late in the weekend and early next week with the weather forecasted to get a little more stable.  This should have a positive effect on the fishing and we just may see the fall bite we have been waiting for to get into full swing.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the shallow points on the main lake and also on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of baitfish and are being  caught on topwater lures, shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as along creek channel banks on crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary points on the main lake on topwater lures, crankbaits and jigs.  The Smallmouth fishing has started to pick up with the cooler water temperatures.
Some of the productive lures reported this week have been:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and aurora blue, Lucky Craft pointer in aurora black and chartruese shad, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, S&S lipless crankbaits in threadfin shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala flat sided DT8 in pearl gray shiner, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  The Crappie are being taken in the creeks and bays around brush piles and laydowns in 4-6 ft of water by fishing with minnows under bobbers and by casting small jigs.  Crappie are also being taken along the old creek channels and off creek channel secondary points in 12-15 ft of water by spider rigging with small minnows and jigs over brush piles and stake beds.  
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels on bottom rigs baited with shrimp, cut baits and yellowtail.  The Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels with bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and yellowtail.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deep docks with wood cover and around rocky points by fishing with worms under bobbers.

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Photo by Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.