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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/04/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.09  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.20  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are 2 ft below summer pool.  Expect both lakes to be drawn down another 1 ft during the month of September in accordance with the TVA River Operating System schedule.  As I mentioned in my last week's report that we needed to keep an eye on the storm track of hurricane Gustav after it made landfall since many times those hurricanes that come ashore in the northern Gulf of Mexico tend to track north through our area.  

The remnants of Gustav is passing through the lakes area today with 30 plus mph southerly winds making Kentucky Lake extremely rough and dangerous.  I hope no one got on the lake today not realizing how bad it was going to get.  The weather forecast for the next week looks pretty nice with highs in the upper 70's and low 80"s and low's in the high 50's to low 60's.  

If this forecast holds we should see our water temperatures continue to drop.  Large schools of adult shad are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays in anticipation of the coming cooler water temperatures which will signal their beginning to transition to shallow water for the fall feeding.  

As reported last week, a myriad of patterns are working on the Largemouth Bass.  There are bass on the ledges, especially those ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays where the shad are staging, there are also Largemouth being taken on primary points, secondary creek channel banks and associated secondary points as well as back shallow in the creeks and bays on the flats.  These latter fish in the creeks and bays are feeding on schools of fry.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the creek and river channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These summer pattern deep fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, spoons and dragging football head jigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points, secondary points and associated creek channel banks as well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  The fish on the points and creek channel banks are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and finesse jigs as they feed on schools of fry.  The fish on the flats are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbait type lures, lipless crankbaits, soft plastic frogs and soft jerkbaits.  Although some of these shallow fish are being taken early in the day, the better bite seems to taking place after the sun is up on the water.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits, chatterbait type lures and soft jerkbaits as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These shallow Smallmouth are single fish at this time with no schooling reported.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and american shad, Spro bronze eye frogs in black and also white with green back, Bandit crankbaits in splatterback and rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer with Yamamoto twin tail blue pearl trailer, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke purple,  Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon candy and purplegrass on Carolina rig, Strike King sexy shad spoons, Jewel football head jigs in gourd craw with Net Baits baby paca craw trailer in green pumpkin,  Zoom super fluke in white, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin with  matching Net Baits baby paca craw trailer.
Crappie:  Some Crappie are reportably being taken over brush piles along old creek channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken with tube jigs and small minnows fished vertically.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges by fishing vertically with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These shallow White Bass are taking inline spinners and white curly tail grubs on small jigheads.
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations.  Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail, large minnows and cutbaits.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on deep creek channel banks and on main lake points with small jigs tipped with wax worms and pinched night crawlers.  

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