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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/23/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.05  Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.20  Surface Temperature - 55
Both lakes are 2 feet over winter pool.  The Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent this past week on Kentucky Lake.  I did not get on Barkley this past week and reports are few this time of year but I would expect the fishing on Barkley to be good also.  The weather forecast for the weekend and next week look good for some great late fall fishing but as always, keep checking the weather forecasts as they can change rapidly this time of year.  

The bite this past week has been the best of the fall with some nice fish and good numbers in the boat so if you are thinking about some late fall fishing, now is the time to get on the water.  Remember, the water temperatures and air temperatures are in the range now for hypothermic conditions, be prepared by taking some extra dry clothing with you, a survival kit in case you get stranded and let someone know where you will be fishing and have them check to make sure you got off the water safely at the end of the day.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points, creek channel banks as well as on the shallow flats.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and spinnerbaits as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  A few Smallmouth are being taken on the flats in the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft pointers in chartreuse shad, table rock shad and aroura black, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water by spider rigging and vertically jigging with small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Some Crappie are also being taken in shallow water around wood cover by casting small jigs and fishing with minnow and jigs under bobbers.  Some good catches have been taken this past week.  I personally observed one angler taking one nice Crappie after another by vertically jigging a small tube jig over a brush pile in about 10 ft of water on day this week.  
Bluegill:  Nice Bluegill are still being taken around brush piles in where the Crappie are being taken in 10-15 ft of water by using small jigs tipped with pinched nightcrawlers.  There are some nice Bluegill shallow also as I have caught a number of them on small suspending jerkbaits on channel banks this week in 6 - 8 ft of water along with some large numbers of yellow bass.  

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.