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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/02/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.14  Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.30  Surface Temperature - 73
 
Both lakes are at winter pool.  This is about two feet lower than normal for this time of year.  Boaters need to use caution when running the lakes.  If you are not familiar with the lakes you should stay inside the marked navigation channels and only run outside the navigation markers after you have become familiar with the area you are navigating.  
 
FLASH:  There is a sunken barge at the mouth of Moss Creek on North Kentucky Lake.  This barge sunk during the big wind storm we had here with the passage of hurricane Ike.  The barge is just below the water line.  It is marked with some white buoys.  

Boaters should avoid this area until further notice.  There is also a sunken houseboat just east of the entrance to Ky Dam Marina on the main lake.  This accident just happened.  At the lake level this afternoon the top of the houseboat is visible.  Use caution in this area.  
 
The fall transition bite on Largemouth Bass continues here on the lakes.  The overall bite has been good this past week with a myriad of patterns working from ledges to the flats on the main lake and in the bays.  Water temperatures have dropped a little from last week with the passage of a cold front in the area this past Monday night.  

I have observed more shad in some of the bays and some of the bays still seem to be holding the same amount of first year shad as observed last week.  As the water temperatures drop, more shad, thus more bass should be moving into the creeks and bays.  The weather forecast for the weekend looks good with light southeast winds and sunny skies.  A chance of scattered thunderstorms is in the present forecast for the coming mid week as another cold front approaches.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and by dragging football head jigs.

Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points as well as secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These transitioning fish can be taken on topwater early in the day, crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky head worms and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats on the main lake as well as on the flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of baitfish and can be taken on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points early and late in the day on topwater lures, crankbaits, shaky head worms, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake flats on Ky Lake on topwater lures and spinnerbaits.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and American shad, Lucky Craft g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom horny toads in watermelon/red, white and green pumpkin swirl, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Norman DD22 in white and rootbeer, Rapala DT 16 in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chrome, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and chrome/blue,  Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Zoom super flukes in white and chartreuse shad, Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin, D&L baby advantage jig in "oops", Ozark stik m in green pumpkin and Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin.  
 
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being taken over brush piles on creek channel ledges in 12-20 ft of water by fishing vertically with small tube jigs and small minnows.  Some Crappie are being reported on some days being taken on banks adjacent to these brush piles early and late in the day by casting curly tail jigs and small road runners.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water on bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on gravel creek channel banks and gravel points using small jigs tipped with wax worms and pinched nightcrawlers. 
 
This is the time of year for all the fall bass fishing classic and regional tournaments to come visit our lakes.  I would like to welcome the tournament anglers to our lakes and wish you the best of luck in your tournament. 

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