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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/25/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.98  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.80  Surface Temperature - 67
 
Both lakes are 3 feet above winter pool and rising.  We have had 5 + inches of rain in the lakes area over the past few days.  This week has been marred by high winds and heavy rains and most of the anglers that have been on the lakes have been anglers practicing and fishing end of year bass tournaments. 

The lakes have risen 1.5 ft in the past two days.  I am not sure how much more the lakes are going up as the TVA has taken it's forecasted lake levels off of their webpage for the past two days.  The good news is that the water temperatures are dropping.  The water temperatures above are those taken from the main lake but I have been in lower water temperatures in the bays over the past few days.  The weather forecast is for more stable weather over the next week beginning tomorrow so the conditions are set up for a good week of fall fishing ahead.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are primarily being taken on main lake primary points, secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the creeks and bays.  Some fish are still being taken on ledges around the mouths of the bays.  The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and tubes, slow rolled spinnerbaits and jigs.  The fish on the points are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, shallow running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the bays. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, finesse jigs, tube jigs and grubs.
 
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King crankbaits in sassy shad, Bandit crankbaits in splatterback, rootbeer, and rootbeer/chartreuse, Rapala crankbaits in grey pearl shiner, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer with blue pearl trailer,  Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin with matching trailer, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple.  
 
Crappie:  I only had a few Crappie reports this week because of the weather.  It seems from the reports I did receive that the Crappie were still being taken over brush piles along the old creek channels in 12-18 ft of water by spider rigging and vertically jigging small jigs and minnows.
 
White Bass:  Some White Bass are schooling in baitfish in the bays.  These fish can be taken with inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.  
 
Catfish: I did not receive any reports on the Catfish this week due to the high winds.  Catfish were being taken last week along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail.
 
My family and I would like to send our prayers and best wishes to David Young and his family.  David was badly injured in a boating accident here on Ky. Lake last week.  We wish you and your family the best for a speedy recovery.  

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