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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/01/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam- 356.55  Surface Temperature - 63

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 63
Both lakes are 2.5 ft above winter pool and on a slow drawdown.  The big cold front that came through the lakes area late last week finally moved our water temperatures down into the range for the good fall fishing to get started.  Overall this past week was good for bass fishing with a couple of excellent bite days and a couple of days that were slow to fair.  

This is normally how it is in the fall, some days are really good and some can be slow or just fair depending on the number of cold fronts traversing the area.  The topwater bite has definitely improved and should only get better as the water cools more.  Largemouth are still being taken on the main lake points and the secondary points in the bays but more and more good fish are showing up shallow.  We had a number of really nice fish this past week in as little as one to two feet of water chasing baitfish.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the main lake primary points and the secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and soft jerkbaits fished near wood cover (Barkley) and over grass (Kentucky).  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and finesse jigs, especially early and late in the day.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on the same pattern as the shallow Largemouth.  
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King lipped and lipless crankbaits in sexy shad,  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer chartreuse, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and Zoom super flukes in pearl white.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in the creeks and bays over brush piles in 8-15 ft of water by vertically jigging small jigs and by spider rigging with small minnows and small jigs.  Some good Crappie are showing up at the fish cleaning stations.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  I have seen a number of jumps this past week.  You can take these schooling fish by casting inline spinners and small crankbaits into the feeding schools. 
Rockfish/Hybrids:  Some schools of Rockfish and Hybrids are showing up on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as well as a number of single fish.  I only had one day this week that we did not catch some Rockfish or Hybrids while fishing the flats for Largemouth with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.
Catfish:  Catfish are still being taken on the river ledges on bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail.  Some Catfish are now cruising the flats in the bays feeding on the schools of baitfish.  We caught some this week on spinnerbaits while fishing for bass.  I have seen a number of the commercial fishermen working the bays this week for catfish.
November is the best month of the fall for bass fishing.  If you need a bass guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction, don't hesitate to give me a call.  I only guide for bass but I would be happy to refer you to some of our other great guides here on the lakes for Crappie and other species. 

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