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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/18/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.03  Surface Temperature- 76

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.20  Surface Temperature - 77
 
Both lakes are 4 ft below summer pool.  This is one foot lower than normal for this time of year.  Be careful when navigating the lakes... follow the channel markers and if you don't see any and are not sure of the water depth in the area, drop to idle until you are sure you are in safe water.  

A lot of boats get damaged on these lakes this time of year because folks think just because they are big that they are deep also...don't make this mistake.  As everyone is aware, the remnants of hurricane Ike came by the lakes area last Sunday and the high winds caused a lot of damage in the area.  We still have some folks in the area without power.  Of course the days since the passage of Ike which had an associated cold front with it has been blue skies with north and east breezes and high pressure.  

The bass fishing has not been as good this week as it was last week but we are still catching fish from the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays to the backs of the creeks and bays.  We have had some cooler nights with low's in the low 50's to high 40's this week and water temperatures have a few degrees.  This drop in water temperatures has started some of the first year shad schools that were staged at the mouths of the creeks and bays to transition to the shallows.  I saw a number of big shad schools in the backs of some of the bays on Kentucky Lake today.  

We are officially beginning the transition to fall patterns.  This transition period normally lasts about 4 weeks and tends to spread the fish out somewhat until the majority of the big shad schools have moved shallow.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns.  Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on main lake primary points, creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bay as well as on the flats in the back of the creeks and bays.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the flats on the main lake on Kentucky Lake.  The ledge fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  The Largemouth on the points and creek channel banks are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The shallow Largemouth in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as on the flats on the main lake (Ky Lake) are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged lizards, soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays on Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on topwater lures (early), Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  
 
Some of the lures reported to be productive this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy, gunfish and gsplash in ghost pearl lemon, Storm chug baits in shad patterns, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome and white, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series flat sided crankbaits in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Zoom super flukes in white and chartreuse shad, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and smoke/purple, Yamamoto senko's in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass dead stick worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/craw, Jewel football head jig in gourd/craw, Last Cast hairy bug jigs in peanut butter jelly and green pumpkin with matching Net Baits baby paca craw trailer and D&L baby advantage jigs in "oops" pattern with Net Baits baby paca craw trailer.  
 
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being taken around brush piles along the old creek channels in 12 to 20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small tube jigs and minnows.  
 
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large minnows.  Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels in the bays on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and shrimp/leech combinations.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken along deeper creek channel banks in the creeks and bays by vertical fishing with small jigs tipped with wax worms and pinched nightcrawlers.  

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