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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/15/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.56  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.30  Surface Temperature - 66
 
Both lakes are approximately one and one half feet over winter pool.  We have had rain virtually every day this past week with cool temperatures due to continuous frontal passages here in the lakes area.  

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is for more of the same with another frontal passages that will have daytime highs in the low to mid 50's and night time lows in the 30's.  If the present forecast is correct, we should see the sun beginning on Sunday and through the beginning of next week.  

Both lakes have moderate current with the incoming waters from all the rains we have had being pulled through the dams.  The main lake on Lake Barkley is stained.  The creeks and bays on Lake Barkley range from muddy to stained to lightly stained.  I launched in Little River earlier this week and it was muddy but the creeks south of Little River were in good shape with waters only lightly stained.  

On Kentucky Lake the river channel is stained and a few of the creeks and bays are stained but most of the them are clear or only lightly stained.
 
Overall the Largemouth fishing has been good this week for numbers with a slow morning bite on days just behind the frontal passages but the bite picks up later in the morning into the afternoon.  Most of the fish we are catching are in the less than keeper range but most days we are able to get a limit of keepers by wading through the smaller fish.  

More of the larger fish are now starting to show up in the creeks and bays as the schools of bigger shad are starting to move toward the shallows to feed up for winter.  A lot of the bigger fish we are now catching are pale in color from coming out of the deep water recently.  You can tell those fish that have been in the shallows for a while now as they are darker in color and are fat and sassy from all the shad they have consumed already. 

The Largemouth are still in transition to the fall patterns and some are still being taken on ledges around the mouths of the bays but more and more fish are now being taken on the secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays as well as good numbers being taken in shallow water.  There has been a definite increase in the topwater bite this week also as the Largemouth are chasing schools of baitfish in the shallows.  Flat sided lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits are producing good numbers but keep the topwater lures handy for some great fun on the breaking fish.  There are large schools of White Bass feeding in the creeks and bays also and I am seeing a lot of surface feeding activity in many of the creeks and bays.  

Crappie anglers are still reporting only a fair bite with the bite being somewhat scattered, probably due to the fluctuating water levels but Crappie are being taken and this should get much better when we get more stable weather patterns and the lakes levels settle down.  

Bluegill anglers are reporting good catches off the gravel bars and it appears that we are going to have another banner fall bite on the big Bluegills.  There are good numbers of Channel Catfish cruising the flats in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of shad.  We have boated a number of large Channels Catfish lately taking our crankbaits and spinnerbaits on the flats.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These shallow water fish are being taken on topwater lures, lipless and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged small creature baits, shaky head worms, jigs and tube jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, jigs and curly tail grubs.  The Smallmouth bite is reported as scattered but some good single fish are being reported.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in Ghost Pearl Lemon and Aurora Black, Chatterbuzz and Booyah buzzbaits in white, Lucky Craft Gsplash in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in chrome/black, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in speckled back and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in black/chrome, blue/chrome and rootbeer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Last Cast wooly bug jigs and D&L baby advantage jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and smoke/purple.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water by spider rigging with small minnow/jig combinations and by bottom bouncing rigs baited with small minnows.  The bite is reported as scattered.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish can be taken by casting small spinners and spoons into the feeding schools.  Some Whites are also being taken by trolling the flats in the creeks and bays with these lures.  
 
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken on the river channels with bottom bouncing rigs in 25-35 ft of water baited with large minnows and yellowtail.  Channel Catfish are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays with bottom rigs and jug fishing with minnows and nightcrawlers.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken off gravel bars near deep water with small jigs tipped with worms and split shot rigs baited with worms.  
 
THANKS!!   I would like to thank all the folks that inquired about my well being when I did not write a weekly report last week.  I apologize to everyone for not letting you know that I would not be writing a report last week.  

I was actually out of town last week attending an annual gathering of my ol military buddies, family and friends on the upper Cumberland River for some trout fishing and renewing of old friendships.  We have been doing this the same week in October for 22 years and normally I let everyone know that I will not be publishing a report that week but failed to do so this year.  It is nice to know that so many of you read my weekly report, it makes all the time I take to put it together worth it.  Thanks again.  

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Peek-a-boo
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.