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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/25/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.54  Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 76
Both lakes are about 4 and one half feet below summer pool.  This is about 1.5 feet below normal water levels at this time of year.  Boaters need to exercise caution when running the lakes.  Use the navigation buoys and if you are outside of marked navigations lanes make sure you know the water depth in the area.  

The Largemouth Bass fishing has been good this week.  The fish are scattered from the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays to the shallows in the backs of the bays and on main lake flats.  A myriad of patterns are working with a good number of fish being caught, but the larger fish are somewhat finicky and a person needs to fish with patience as they wade thru numbers of short fish to get their limit.  

Today the first day weights for the top 30 in the BASS Open tournament ranged from 19lbs in first place to just short of 13lbs for 30th place.  Places 4th thru 30th were 16lbs or less.  This is indicative of the weights here during the fall transition.  The weather forecast for the weekend is calling for sunny skies and high's in the low to mid 80's.  Next week looks good also with a frontal passage sometime on Tuesday followed by cooler temperatures of highs in the 70's and low's near 50.  If this forecast pans out, we should see the water temperatures cool down more later next week which should move more of the big shad schools into shallow water.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as well as on the shallow flats on the main lake.  These fish are feeding on schools of shad and are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits,  soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges on the main lake as well as on main lake primary and secondary points.  The ledge fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The fish on the points are being taken on topwater early and late in the day, crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy and g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom horny toads in white, black/white and green pumpkin swirl, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom super flukes in white and chartreuse shad, Norman DD22 crankbaits in white and rootbeer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, DT series flat sided crankbaits in black/silver, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer tipped with Yamamoto twin tail grub in blue pearl, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, Yamamoto senko and Ozark Tackle stick-m in green pumpkin, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits baby paca craw trailer.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken along creek channels over brush in the front parts of the creeks and bays as well as on the creek channels on the main lake.  Depths are being reported from 10 ft to 20 ft of water.  These Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with tube jigs and small minnows.  
White Bass:  I did not receive any reports on White Bass this week, but I am seeing numbers of White Bass schools in the bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  We have caught a number of these fish ourselves on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits while fishing for Largemouth on the flats.  One should be able to catch a number of these fish with inline spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding schools.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on deep creek channel banks in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with wax worms and pinched nightcrawlers.  Bluegill are also being taken around deeper docks by fishing with worms under bobbers.  
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water using cut baits and yellowtail fished on bottom rigs.  Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels in the bays and on the flats on the main lake by fishing with shrimp/leech combinations and large minnows fished on bottom.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.