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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/22/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.57  Surface Temperature - 62

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.65  Surface Temperature - 62
Both lakes are two and one half feet over winter pool and both dams are spilling water.  As you can see, the water temperatures dropped like a rock with the nasty cold front that came thru the lakes area late last week and also the lakes rose another foot with the rains associated with the front.

The water temperatures actually dropped to about 60 degrees earlier in the week but have recovered to present levels. We have another cold front coming through the lakes area Friday night and some locally heavy rains are forecasted this evening ahead of the front.  The wind forecast for Friday is 15-25 mph from the southwest so one should exercise caution if you are venturing on the lakes tomorrow.  The forecast for Saturday is for highs in the low 50's and cloudy, the forecast for Sunday is for sunny skies and highs in the mid 60's.    

As one would expect with all these weather and water changes, the Largemouth bite slowed considerably from the bite I reported last week, especially the shallow water action.  What I experienced this week was that one could still get some shallow water action very early in the morning and then again late in the evening but there was not as many keeper sized fish feeding shallow as last week.  

It seems a number of the Largemouth moved back off into deeper water with the water temperature drop and we found them during the day on humps and ledges in the creeks and bays.  The White Bass that I was observing schooling shallow on and off during the day last week are now mostly schooling shallow in the early morning and late in the evening with little shallow activity during the day.  Crappie anglers are still reporting the bite to be scattered while fishing brush piles in 12-15 ft of water.  Hopefully these frontal patterns and rains we are experiencing will settle down and we will see a more productive fall feeding pattern soon.
Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These shallow feeders are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits and chatterbaits.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and associated channel banks in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and finesse jigs.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken by fishing the humps and ledges in the creeks and bays with deep running crankbaits and Carolina rigged small creature baits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, jigs and curly tail grubs.  The best bite is reported to be early and late in the day with some good single fish being taken but not numbers.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and aurora black, Zara spooks in shad patterns,  various buzzbaits in white and black,  Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad and citrus shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad, blue/chrome and citrus shad, Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer and D&L baby advantage jig in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with small minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  The bite is reported as scattered, that is, one or two fish on a spot then move to another spot for one or two more.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken early and late in the day on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These shallow feeders can be taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding schools.  
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 25-35 ft of water by fishing with minnows and yellowtail on bottom rigs.  Channel Catfish are being taken on the flats in the bays by jug anglers fishing with worms and minnows.
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken by fishing with small jigs tipped with worms around brushpiles and deep stake beds in 12-15 ft of water.  Crappie anglers are reporting catching some on small minnows also while fishing these areas.

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.