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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/19/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.65  Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.80  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are about one and one half feet above winter pool.  We had heavy rains and strong storms in the lakes area yesterday and last night with a number of tornados spotted in the area.  The weather should is forecasted to clear for the weekend but depending on which weather source you read there will either be some strong winds from the southwest or there will be just some breeze from the southwest.  

The current weather channel forecast is showing higher winds and the national weather service is showing lower winds.  As an example, the wind forecast for today by the national weather service is west winds at 10, the weather channel is forecasting west south west winds at 10 to 20.  This is one big difference in winds forecast, especially if you are fishing these big open lakes.  

We have had windy conditions here for the past few days and from what I can tell by monitoring both these sources, the weather channel has been closer on the winds forecast than the national weather service all week.  One rule of thumb that we locals use here on the winds forecasts is to add another 5 mph to the forecast since you are on open water.  
The bass fishing here this past week has been fair at best with the fish still in a fall transition.  Water temperatures have been up and down like a yoyo over the past week keeping the fish scattered.  As with last week's report, bass are being taken from the main lake ledges to the backs of the bays.  

More shad did move shallow with the cool down we had in water temperatures late last week but the water temperatures have moved back up a couple of degrees with the heat we had later this week.  We are forecasted to cool down again after the weekend and this should move more fish shallow as the water cools.  We are currently about 4 or 5 degrees above in normal water temperatures for this time of year.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns with the bite being scattered from the ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays to the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits and jigs.  There are fish being taken on main lake points and on secondary points in the bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the backs of the bays on topwater lures (especially early and late in the day), lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits.  

Some schooling bass are showing up in the creeks and bays but it is sporadic.  If you run into one of these schools you can have some fast and furious action for a short period of time but overall the bite is only fair this week with some areas being slow.  My experience this week indicated a better bite on Kentucky Lake and slower bite on Lake Barkley.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs especially early and late in the day.  No large numbers are being reported but some nice fish have been taken.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom super flukes in white and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Hook Some Bass vibe in blue glimmer with Yamamoto twin tail trailer in blue pearl, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net baits baby paca craw trailer.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays and along the old creek channels in the bays in 12-15 ft of water by vertically jigging and spider rigging small jigs, small minnows and jig/minnow combinations.
White Bass:  Some White Bass are being taken on main lake flats and on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners cast into the feeding schools of fish.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels by bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail, leeches and shrimp.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on rocky points in the bays with pinched nightcrawlers fished on bottom rigs.
Rockfish:  Although I did not run into any schools of Rockfish this week in the bays, we did take a number of single fish while bass fishing on spinnerbaits.

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