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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/06/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.20  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.30  Surface Temperature - 60
 
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  A slow moving cold front will be moving through the lakes area on Friday and the forecast for the weekend will be post frontal conditions with highs in the mid 50's and low's in lower 30's.  

The Largemouth Bass bite has remained scattered with fish being taken from the fronts of the creeks and bays to the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  I noticed some movement of the big shad schools toward the backs of the bays the past couple of days but the transition is slow.  The better bite for us this week was in deeper water off the flats (10-12 ft) ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits under the big shad schools.  

Some early and late shallow topwater bite has been present but still not as good as it was prior to the last big cold front that came through last week dropping the water temperatures and pulling the shad into deeper water.  Hopefully, the latest cold front will not drop the water temperatures significantly and the big shad schools will move back into the shallows and more bass will come in with them.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, along open water creek channels, creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays.  The fish on the points and creek channel banks are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky head worms.  The fish being taken along the open water creek channels are being taken on spoons and lipless crankbaits fished vertically (ripping) around the big schools of bait fish.  The shallow fish on the flats are being taken on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and deadstick worms. The Largemouth bite has been scattered and reports indicate slow to fair depending on the day.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary and secondary points on the main lake on topwater lures (early and late), crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The Smallmouth bite is scattered and reported to be somewhat slow for this time of year but our water temperatures are still a little high for this time of year.  This bite should improve with a few more degrees drop in water temperatures.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Rapala DT flat sided medium running crankbaits in shad patterns and bluegill, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chrome, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in blue/chrome and sexy shad, Strike King spoons in chrome and shad patterns, Zoom flukes in white, Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke/purple and green pumpkin and Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with matching baby paca craw trailer.  
 
Crappie:  The Crappie bite is being reported as scattered.  Some Crappie are being taken over brush piles and stake beds in 8-15 ft of water along old creek channels.  These fish are being taken on small jigs and minnow/jig combinations fished vertically.
 
White Bass:  Some White Bass are being taken along old creek channels in the creeks and bays in 10-12 ft of water feeding on the large schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken by vertically jigging with curly tail jigs and small spoons.  I would add that a large number of Yellow Bass can be taken this way also...actually we are catching large numbers of the Yellow Bass while ripping large spoons and lipless crankbaits for Largemouth in these areas.  
 
Bluegill:  Good catches of Bluegill are being reported around Crappie brush piles and deep stake beds in 8-15 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on small jigs tipped with worms.  

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.