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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/09/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.00   Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.90  Surface Temperature - 57
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  The train of cold fronts continues here in the lakes area with a cold front moving thru the area about every 48 to 72 hours.  This has continued to make the bass fishing very sporadic with some good days and some very tough days.  Success seems to based more on being in the right place at the right time more so than being able to run a good pattern.  

The Crappie seems to be the most consistent bite from all the reports I am receiving.  Another cold front will be moving thru the lakes area late tomorrow dropping daytime highs back into the 50's.  High winds from the northwest are forecasted for Saturday.  The weather reports (especially the wind) have been changing repeatedly so one should check the latest wind forecasts from the NWS before you venture on the lakes.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on a number of patterns, none of which seem to be consistent from one day to the next.  Largemouth are being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of baitfish with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel points on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and Texas rigged creature baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs. 
Some of the lures reported to be productive this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon and chartruese shad, Lucky Craft pointer in chartruese shad and table rock shad, Rapala flat sided DT crankbaits in grey pearl shiner, Rapala shad rap in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and white, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer. 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in 6-10 ft of water in the creeks and bays near wood cover.  The reports indicate that fishing with minnows under bobbers is the best bet with a few reports indicating some fish are being taken by casting small jigs near shoreline wood cover as well as by spider rigging with small minnows and jigs along the old creek channels.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits.

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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.