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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/09/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.07  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.25  Surface Temperature - 58
 
Both lakes are two feet above winter pool and on a slow drawdown.  Another big cold front came thru the lakes area early this past week and the water temperatures are now down in the high 50's and the shad have pretty much completed their transition to the creeks and bays and the sport fish are in fall feeding patterns.  

Although we had some windy days this week there have been some good reports of Largemouth being taken in the creeks and bays on both lakes.  As is the norm with the fall bass fishing, some days the bite is really good and some days it is only fair depending on the weather.  There are a number of Largemouth schooling in the creeks and bays and when these fish are breaking on the baitfish the fishing can be fast and furious.  Right now the weather forecast for the coming weekend and next week looks good with highs in the 60's and low's in the 40's with south and westerly winds prevailing all next week.  

Of course weather forecasts can change so anglers need to monitor the latest in wind/weather forecasts and plan accordingly.  Water temperatures and night time temperatures are now in the range that anglers should be taking precautions to prevent hypothermia in the case that they have an accident or get stranded on the water.  Pack some extra clothing with you in case you get wet and survival items in case you get stranded.  Let someone know where you will be fishing and when you will be coming home and have them check on you.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken in the creeks and bays on primary and secondary points as well as on the shallow water flats feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish on the points are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near wood (Barkley) and grass beds (Kentucky).  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  I have not had many reports of Smallmouth being taken in any numbers yet on topwater lures on the main lake but this should not be overlooked as this is the time of year when this bite normally gets going.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon pearl, Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost lemon pearl, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lucky Craft pointer in chartreuse shad, Rapala Xrap in black/silver, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie reports indicate that the Crappie are being taken in the creeks and bays over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging with small jigs and minnows and by vertically jigging small jigs.  There are reports of scattered Crappie being taken around shallow brush by casting small jigs and fishing with small minnows under bobbers.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken in the creeks and bays along the creek channels with some roaming the flats feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers, leeches and yellowtail on bottom rigs.  
 
Bluegill:  There are a lot of reports of good catches of big bluegill being taken around brush piles in the creeks fishing with small jigs and wax worms fished on tight lines and under bobbers.
 
Rockfish:  We are continuing to catch numbers of these true stripers as well as some hybrids while bass fishing shallow in the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.  There are many of these fish schooling and when we encounter one of these schools the fishing is fast and furious on these great fighters.  
 
There is still plenty of good fall fishing to be had here on the big lakes.  Actually we are just now getting into the better fall fishing so if you want to get in some good fishing before the winter gets here you should plan a trip now.  

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Geese in Flight
Photo by Murray Blake

These Canadian geese are just beginning their yearly migration south to avoid the long, cold winter. They will return in spring to the welcoming waterways of the Kentucky Lakes Area.