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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/24/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam:  356.45  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam:  356.25  Surface Temperature - 78
Both lakes are a little over two feet above winter pool.  Heavy rains this past week or so up river on both lakes has the water flowing here on the big lakes.  Kentucky Lake has gates open and has been spilling water all week at about an average of 100,000 cubic ft per second. 

Lake Barkley has been generating current as high as 50,000 cubic ft per second this week but most of the time it has been in the 40,000 cubic ft per second range.  The main river channel on Ky Lake is lightly stained and the main river channel on Barkley is stained.  We have had our share of local scattered rain and thunderstorms here in the lakes are this past week also.   

The scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms is forecasted to continue through Saturday morning at the present time.  The weekend forecast is for highs in the low 80's and night time low's in the low 60's.  The stationary front that has brought us all this rain is forecasted to move east sometime tomorrow and post frontal high pressure is forecasted beginning Sunday.  The forecast for early next week is for daytime high's in the low 70's and night time low's in the upper 40's to mid 50's.  

The Largemouth patterns have remained pretty much the same this week it has been, that is, we have a myriad of patterns to choose from as we are in the fall transition.  The ledge bite did pick up a little this week with the advent of the current but the fish are still scattered due to the shad movement to fall feeding areas.  The morning water temperatures have remained pretty stable this week so and I have not noticed any more numbers of shad moving to the shallows, but this should change next week if the forecasted low's occur and the morning water temperatures drop.  

The bass are still being taken from the ledges to the shallows and numbers of keepers has been slow as is usual during the transition but there is still plenty of action in the shallows as there are numbers of fish there feeding on the early transitioned small shad.  Some of the bigger fish are being taken on primary points and secondary creek channel points in the creeks and bays but they are scattered and low in numbers for the most part.  The smaller numbers of keeper fish being taken was again exemplified in the tournaments held here this past weekend.  The largest bag that was reportedly taken was a little over 17lbs in the HCBC open with over 80 boats in this tournament.  

I also received reports of some club classics that were won with 14 and 16 lbs total weight over two days.  One local bass club one day tournament was won with 11lbs.  My clients and I had a few good days this week with limits as we waded through numbers of short fish to do so in shallow water.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns.  They are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These deeper fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the primary points as well as the secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, finesse jigs and shaky head worms with some early morning topwater bite.  Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, lipless and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and dead stick worms.  These shallow fish are schooling on and off though out the day.  Although mostly short fish, some nice keepers are also being taken.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smalllmouth are being taken on primary and secondary main lake points early and late in the day on topwater lures, crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Although big numbers of these fish are not being reported, some nice single fish are being reported.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and chartreuse shad, Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in black, white and white/chartreuse, Rebel Pop R's in black/chrome, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, MOAB custom painted Lucky Craft BDS3 in super shiner, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad an sexy shad/chrome, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Zoom trick worm on shaky head in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, D&L baby advantage jig and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailers, Yamamoto senko in green pumpkin/black, green pumpkin/watermelon and watermelon purple, Yum humdingers in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/purple and Ozark Tackle stick m's in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Some Crappie are being reported in the 12-15 ft range over brush piles around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging small jigs tipped with minnows or crappie nibbles.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners, small spoons and minnow rigs along the old river channels and creek channel ledges on the main lake.  Some schools of White Bass are breaking water on the flats near these ledges and also around the mouths of the creeks and bays but the jumps are short in duration.
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 25-35 ft of water on bottom rigs and bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail and large minnows.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken around brush piles and deep stake beds in 12-15 ft of water using small jigs tipped with worms.  Bluegills are also being taken around docks with wood cover on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.

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Remarkable Sunset
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.