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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/03/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.45  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are two and one half feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  Expect the lakes to be drawn down another one half foot over the next couple of days.  The lakes area, like most of the country has been under the influence of high pressure all week, with blue skies and beautiful days and cool nights.  

The forecast for the holiday weekend is for more of the same, with highs Friday and Saturday in the low 80's and highs Sunday and Monday in the high 70's.   Night time lows are forecasted to be in the mid 60's through the weekend. Light east winds are forecasted for the entire weekend.  In other words, except for the possibility of a shower or two, we are looking at some really nice weather for the lakes area over the Labor Day weekend.  

Expect the lakes to be crowded this weekend, so please, be careful, be courteous and drive your boat defensively on the water.  We have had entirely too many accidents and drownings on the lakes this year so let's work to make this an accident free holiday.  
 
As I mentioned in last week's report, some shad are definitely moving and starting to stage around the mouths of the bays signaling the early stages of the transition to the fall fishing patterns.  As is normal for this time of year, we have a myriad of bass patterns to choose from each day.  

We still have plenty of fish on the ledges but I am seeing a definite increase in the ledge activity around the mouths of the bays and on the primary points due to the shad movement.  We also have bass being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points and channel banks as well as bass being taken back on the shallow flats as they are feeding on schools of late shad fry and some early small transitioning shad.  The ledge fishing has been somewhat slow in the mornings but is picking up in the afternoons when the current is being generated.  The shallow fish are feeding best early and late in the day.  

Another indication that more shad are moving toward the bays is that some Smallmouth are now being taken early and late in the day on topwater lures fished on primary points and main lake secondary points.  White Bass are still active on the main lake creek and river channel ledges but some Whites are also showing up around the mouths of the bays feeding on schools of shad.  

Some jumps of White Bass are being reported on the flats adjacent to the channel ledges early and late in the day.  There also have been some reports of the Blue Catfish starting to school on the old river channels.  I received some reports of Crappie now being taken on the old creek channels near the mouths of the bays also. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges as well as on primary points on Carolina rigged small creature baits, dragging football head jigs, shaky head rigs and drop shot rigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of mature shad fry.  

These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits, shaky head rigs, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, shallow running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged worms and creature baits and dead stick worms.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on primary points and main lake secondary points on topwater lures, Carolina rigged small creature baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  Smallmouth  and Largemouth are also being taken at night on dark colored spinnerbaits and finesse jigs fished on primary points and secondary points on the main lake.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Spro bronze eye frog in black and green, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in sexy shad and rootbeer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Mann's baby minus one in shad patterns,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer and chartruese/white, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple and purple grass,  Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy and watermelon/purple, Zoom trick worm on shaky head in green pumpkin, Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin/black, Jewel football head jig in gourd/craw and black/blue with matching Nets baits trailer, D&L baby advantage jig in black/blue with matching Net Baits trailer and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, chameleon craw and smoke/purple.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on the old creek channel ledges over brush piles and deep stake beds in 12-20 ft of water on small jigs and minnows on spider rigs.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges by fishing vertically with inline spinners and small spoons as well as on minnow rigs.  Some White Bass are being taken in jumps early and late in the day on flats adjacent to the channel ledges by casting small crankbaits and inline spinners.
 
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are reportedly being taken along the old river channels in 25-35 ft of water on yellow tails, large minnows and cutbaits fished on bottom.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken along rocky creek channel banks and off rocky points by fishing with small jigs tipped with pinched night crawlers and wax worms.  Some Bluegill are being reported to be taken on gravel bars early and late in the day on worms and crickets fished on split shot rigs.  

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Eagle's Nest
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This bald eagle keeps an eye out for it's mate from their nest high in a tree top in Land Between the Lakes. The average eagle's nest is five feet wide!