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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/06/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.50  Surface Temperature - 83
 
Both lakes are 2.5 feet below summer pool and on a slow drop toward winter pool.  Expect the lakes to be leveled off again sometime this next week around 3 ft below summer pool.  The lakes are right on schedule for the winter drawdown.  We actually had a rainy day here in the lakes area today.  

This is the first time I have fished in the rain here since back in late June or early July...too long ago to remember.  The water temperatures have dropped another 2 degrees here since last week's report.  No doubt, we are headed in the right direction.  The Largemouth Bass bite has still been spotty this week but there seems to be a little more activity on the shallow fish.  The ledges are still pretty slow.  

With the dropping water temperatures and influx of fresh water from the rains today we should start seeing a better bite soon, especially on staging fish around the mouths of the creeks and bays and on the shallow that are feeding on late fry schools.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays but the ledge bite was slow this week.  The fish that were caught were taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and Texas rigged large worms.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits and jigs.  

The better bite this week has been around the edges of the grass in the bays early and late in the day with topwater lures and spinnerbaits.  These shallow water fish are being taken during the day on deadstick worms and shaky head worms fished along the edges of the grass lines.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass bite has been slow for the most part but some fish are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the bays on tube jigs and finesse jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri Pop n Splash in ghost lemon, Hart buzzbaits in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple, Yamamoto senko in smoke/black, Berkley shaky head worms in green pumpkin and red shad and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly with matching baby paca craw trailers.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass were reported slow this week but some fish are being taken along the old river channel ledges by vertically jigging with inline spinners and jigging spoons.
 
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels with bottom rigs baited with cut baits.
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on deep rocky creek channel banks and around deeper docks with cover using crickets and worms.
 
If you are in need of a bass guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email.  

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!