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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/20/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.78  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -356.0  Surface Temperature - 77
Both lakes are 3 ft below summer pool with little fluctuation.  Well the nice cooling period we had last week ended this week and we have had temperatures back in the lower 90's and flat water all week.  The bass fishing has been overall slow this past week.  Some fish are being taken but not any big numbers.  An example of that would be the two big tournaments held here this past weekend.  

The Illinois Team Trail Classic was won with a little over 12lbs a day average and the BASS Weekend Series two day tournament was won with a little over 13lbs a day average (second place was 9lbs a day average).  On the pro side of the BASS tournament the anglers averaged only 3 fish per participant for two days fishing.  I hate writing a report of slow bass fishing but these numbers are fact.  Now for the good news:  

We will have this warm weather and flat water through the weekend according to the weather forecast, but early next week we are supposed to cool back down to low 80's during the day and rain is in the forecast for early next week.  This should drop the water temperatures a little more and move more shad and thus bass toward the shallows.  As far as the bite we are experiencing right now, it is not any different than I have seen during the years here during the early stages of the fall transition.  

There are a myriad of patterns to fish from the ledges to the shallows...none of them on fire... the best advice I can give you is to pick your pattern and beat it to death with patience. 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the main lake primary points and ledges around the mouths of the bays.  The fish on the points are taking crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Carolina rigged small creature baits.  The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and large worms.  Largemouth are being taken on the secondary points along creek channel banks in the bays on crankbaits, jigs and shaky head worms.  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the bays with topwater lures (frogs and walking baits) near the grass early and late in the day and on the flats off the grass beds with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits during the day.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points early and late in the day on crankbaits and tubejigs.  
Some of the productive lures this week are:  Fat Jack's Bubber Frog in watermelon/red, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Strike King Red Eye Shad in black/chrome,  Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 " paddle tail worm in plum, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke/purple and Last Cast finesse jigs in peanut butter jelly.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the bays on small jigging spoons with some White Bass (mostly small fish) being taken on the flats in the bays on inline spinners.  
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being taken by spider rigging small jigs and small minnows over brush piles around the mouths of the bays.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken along rocky creek channel banks and rocky secondary points on pinched night crawlers fished on split shot rigs.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on cut baits fished on bottom rigs along the old river channels.
We would like to welcome the bass anglers coming into town over the next 6 weeks to fish in the regional and end of year classic tournaments.  Please take time to study your maps and get familiar with the water you will be running.  These lakes can be a lot of fun but they can also be dangerous if you think you can run just anywhere... follow your buoy markers and if you are not sure of the water depth changes where you are, lay the boat down until you get orientated. 

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