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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/27/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.48  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.70  Surface Temperature - 80
Both lakes are 3 and one half feet below summer pool.  I am glad to report much better news this week for the bass fishing.  Over the past few days we have had a lot of rain in the lakes area.  The fresh water and the cloud cover we have had over the past few days turned the bass on and as usual with the early fall transition, numerous patterns were working from ledges to the shallows.  

We had the first major fall cold front pass through the area late this morning and the forecast indicates a cooling off period with daytime high's in the 80's and night time lows in the 50's returning to the area for the next week.  These lower night time temperatures should start the water temps to drop again and move more baitfish and bass into the shallows.  Although the post frontal fishing with blue skies may slow the fishing somewhat this weekend we should see some more good fishing in the nearer future next week with the dropping water temperatures.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on a number of patterns.  The ledge bite picked up the latter part of this week around the mouths of the bays.  These staging fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the creek channel banks and secondary points in the creek and bays on medium running crankbaits, shaky head worms and finesse jigs near wood cover as well as by fishing deadsticked worms, tube jigs and soft jerkbaits fished along the grass lines. 

Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day near the grass beds on the flats with topwater lures.  During the day these shallow water fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake and secondary creek channel points early and late in the day on crankbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day near the grass beds on the flats on topwater lures.  During the day some Smallmouth are being taken on the ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and finesse worms.
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer,  Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin, Berkley Shaky Head worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple,  Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly and Zoom Super Flukes in shad patterns.  
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being taken on the old creek channel ledges around the mouths of the bays over brush piles by spider rigging with small jigs and small minnows.  
White Bass:  I have seen a number of White Bass jumps this week around the mouths of the bays as well as on the flats in the bays.  We caught a number of good sized Whites around these schools while bass fishing with spinnerbaits.   You can target these fish with inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellow tail.  
Rockfish:  We are catching more and more of these great fighters on the flats in the bays as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish.  We encountered our first large school of these fish this past week while bass fishing and they were eagerly taking our spinnerbaits.  

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