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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/16/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.82  Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.00  Surface Temperature - 56
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and on a slow drawdown.  The fall feeding patterns are holding up good with good catches of Largemouth on most days.  The Crappie anglers are reportedly doing well also.  We has a cold front come through the lakes area yesterday but the fishing should recover quickly and the weather forecast for the weekend and next week looks good for some great fall fishing.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken on the secondary creek channel points and on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding heavily on schools of baitfish and can be taken on topwater lures, shallow running and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and grubs.  The Smallmouth reports are still somewhat few in numbers but this should change soon.  I did get a late report this week of a good catch on the main lake flats near wood cover on spinnerbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft pointer in chartreuse shad, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and Zoom super flukes in shad patterns.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken primarily over brush and deep stake beds in 8-12ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically jigging small jigs and by spider rigging with small jigs, small minnows and jig/minnow combinations.  I have received a few reports of some Crappie being taken shallower near wood cover in 4-6 ft of water early and late in the day by fishing with small jigs and minnows under bobbers.  
Bluegill:  There are still good reports of big bluegill being taken by Crappie anglers in the deep brush and stake beds as they are fishing for Crappie.  These big gills are being taken on small jigs and minnows while Crappie fishing and some are being taken on the same spots by fishing a split shot rig with worms.
Rockfish/White Bass:  Rockfish and White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  Most are being taken in the back halves of the bays but some are feeding near the mouths of the bays.  The White Bass can be taken by casting inline spinners into the feeding schools as well as small topwater chug baits.  The Rockfish can readily be taken on topwater chugging baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Watch for the flocks of diving gulls on the water to spot the feeding schools.
As we said all last month...November is always the best of the fall bass fishing.  

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