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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/16/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.52  Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.35  Surface Temperature - 56
 
Both lakes are one and one half foot over winter pool and on a slow rise.  They are forecasted to rise about one more foot over the next two days.  We have had a lot of rain here in the lakes area over the past couple of days with some high winds over the past couple of days.  

The short range forecast looks good for Friday and Saturday with highs in the 50's but on Sunday the forecast calls for highs in the 40's with north wind.  There has not been much fishing activity the past two days but last weekend and earlier this week the late fall fishing was reported to be overall fair with some good days and some slow days for Crappie and Bass.  A number of good reports were received about the Sauger having started this past week with some good catches being taken.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken shallow in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel points and main lake primary and secondary points on topwater lures, crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on topwater lures, crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  Although this bite has been sporadic, some good fish have been taken on good bite days.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon and chartruese shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala DT flat sided crankbaits in grey pearl shiner, Lucky Craft pointer in table rock shad and chartruese shad, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on minnows and small jigs fished under bobbers near shallow wood as well as by casting small jigs around shallow wood cover.  Crappie are also being taken by spider rigging small minnows and jigs over brush piles in 12-16 ft along creek channels.
 
Sauger:  Sauger are being taken along the river channel, especially near the mouths of creeks on curly tail jigs tipped with minnows fished near bottom.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken by fishing with bottom bouncing rigs baited with cut baits and yellowtail along the river channels.  

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Fall at Kentucky Lake
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

A beautiful palette of colors can be experienced at Kentucky Lake during autumn. It's a site to see!