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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/27/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.97  Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.10  Surface Temperature - 48
 
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Cold weather last weekend and earlier this week dropped the water temperatures about 4 degrees.  The fishing has been slow this week.  The big shad schools have moved out to the mouths of the creeks and bays for the most part as they are transitioning now to their winter haunts on the main lake ledges and of course the fish are following the shad.  

We have had nice weather for the past two days and it was great to be on the water with light winds, sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The down side to this is that we have been under very high pressure and the fish have not been cooperating very well.  Some fish are being taken but the numbers are low.  The Largemouth and Smallmouth that are being taken  have mostly been on the main lake points and around the big shad schools the mouths of the creeks and bays.  

Panfish anglers targeting Crappie, Yellow Bass and Bluegill have also been reporting a slow bite this week.  On the up side, the weather looks great for Friday and Saturday this weekend with highs in the 50's and cloud cover with a dropping barometer so the fishing just may pick up the next two days with an approaching cold front due to come into the area sometime late Sunday.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and finesse jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken from under the big shad schools around the mouths of the creeks and bays by ripping lipless crankbaits and spoons off the bottom under these schools.  (Look for gulls diving to the water for active fish). 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and finesse jigs.  As with the Largemouth, the numbers of fish being taken are low but a few nice fish are being caught.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black, american shad, tennessee shad and table rock shad, Rapala X-rap in black/silver, Rapala DT series crankbaits in black/silver, Rapala shad raps in black/silver, Strike King red eye shad in blue/chrome and bleeding shad and Strike King spoons in silver.
 
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being taken from deep brush piles around the mouths of the bays and on old main lake creek channels in 12-18 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and small minnows.  
 
Bluegill/Yellow Bass:  Some Bluegill and Yellow Bass are being taken from deep brush piles around the mouths of the bays and on old main lake creek channels in 12-18 ft of water by fishing with small jigs tipped with worms.  

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Bullfrog
Photo by Ray Stainfield

No camping excursion is complete with a serenade from the resident bullfrog. There are a vast variety of amphibians to be found throughout the Land Between The Lakes Area.