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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/30/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.31  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.40  Surface Temperature - 60
 
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Boaters should use caution when running the lakes and stay within the navigation buoys if they are not totally familiar with the water depth in the area they are in.  
 
We had two cold fronts pass thru the area since the last report, the second one which came thru the area late Sunday night was an arctic type front and dropped not only the air temperatures but also the water temperatures drastically.  The main lake water temperatures dropped 6 degrees in 48 hours and the water temperatures in the creeks and bays dropped 10-12 degrees.  

This big drop in water temperatures slowed the shallow water bite considerably since Monday as most of the big shad schools moved back into deeper water.  The better bite this week on the Largemouth has been on ledges and main lake points.  The water temperatures seemed to be stabilizing today with warmer weather and south winds.  The forecast for the next week is for daytime highs in the mid 70's and night time lows in the mid to upper 40's.  

I would expect the shad to start moving back shallow again in numbers with the water temperatures stabilizing and the shallow bite should be improving tomorrow or Saturday.  I would classify the Largemouth bite overall this past few days to be poor in shallow water and fair in deeper water (points and ledges).  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are still in a fall transition but this should end shortly with more bass moving shallow barring any harsh cold fronts or heat waves (of which neither are in the immediate forecast).  Largemouth are being taken on ledges and main lake points on Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and shaky head worms.  

Prior to the recent cold snap, Largemouth were also being taken on the flats in the coves and the backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish were taking topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and deadstick worms.  This shallow water bite should return over the next few days with the current warming trend.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points on top water lures (early and late), finesse jigs and tube jigs.  The Smallmouth fishing has been reported as spotty.  The Smallmouth fishing should improve in November as the water cools.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft pointer 78 in black aurora, Norman DD 22 in rootbeer and white, Rapala DT16 and DT10 in parrot, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in black/chrome and blue/chrome, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin, Last cast hairy bug finesse jig in green pumpkin, Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken along old creek channel ledges over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water by fishing vertically with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  Crappie fishing was reported as slow to fair depending on who you talked to this week.  
 
White Bass/Yellow Bass:  White and Yellow Bass are being taken on main lake flats and on the flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into schools feeding on baitfish.
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on gravel points and bars in 5-10 ft of water on small jigheads tipped with worms.
 
Catfish:  I have not received any reports on the catfish but I have seen a number of commercial fishermen setting their trotlines in the bays just off the flats so I would assume there are Channel Catfish being taken in these areas as they are feeding on baitfish.  

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