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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/29/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.80  Surface Temperature - 52

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.05  Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and on a slow drawdown.  The Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be very good overall.  The TVA has been steadily generating current over the past week, something we have not seen since the drought started last spring.  The current has turned the Smallmouth on and some nice fish have been taken.  There is very little fishing pressure on the lakes right now so if you want to get into some good late fall fishing now is the time to get on the water before winter gets here.  

Please remember that the water and outside air temperatures are in the range for hypothermic conditions so take precautions such as having an extra set of dry clothing and a small survival kit in case you get stranded on the water.  Let someone know where you will be fishing and when you expect to be home so they can check on you.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken on the primary and secondary points as well as the creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and shaky head worms.  Although the shallow topwater bite has dropped off this week as compared to the last couple of weeks, some fish are still being taken on the shallow flats on topwater as well as lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the secondary points in the front halves of the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and finesse jigs.  The Smallmouth bite this week has been good.
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Lucky Craft 78 pointers in chartreuse shad, table rock shad and black aurora, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, River Bottom shaky head worms in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin (fished on shaky head) and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin and missouri craw.
Crappie:  Good catches of Crappie are being reported.  Black Crappie are being taken in 4-6 ft of water near the shorelines around cover by casting jigs and minnows under bobbers.  White Crappie are being taken in 10-15 ft of water by vertically fishing over brush piles with small jigs and minnows.  
Bluegill:  Some good catches of big Bluegill are still being reported by anglers that are vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with worms over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water.  
Yellow Bass:  I have mentioned this before  this fall but thought I would mention it again.  We have taken more Yellow Bass than I have ever seen this fall while bass fishing.  The Crappie and Bluegill folks are reporting the same.  If you want some hot action on panfish... I don't know how you could go wrong by just casting any small reaction type lure in the creeks and bays.  We bass anglers are still taking big numbers of these fish on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and suspending jerkbaits.

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Honker Lake
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

In June these beautiful lily pads are in full bloom at Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes. Honker Lake is a great place for wildlife viewing and hiking.