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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/05/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.79  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.80  Surface Temperature - 60
Both lakes are two (2) feet over summer pool.  That is right, I said "over summer pool", not winter pool. Both lakes rose at a high rate this week as the flooding on the Mississippi River which is downstream from the lakes through the Ohio River caused the decision to be made to close off the flow on these lakes until the flooding subsides.  

This decision coupled with the fact that we here and upriver received heavy rains last week led to the rapid rise in the lake levels.  The good news is, that the fall Largemouth Bass patterns have not really changed that much, the Largemouth just followed the shad farther back into the creeks and bays as the water levels went up.  

The only bad news is that there is a lot of wood debris on the lakes so one needs to be conscious of this and keep an eye out for it.  The current forecast by the TVA on water levels shows the lakes with start drawing the water down this weekend, of course that is only a forecast and could change.  The weather forecast for the weekend is for highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's with sunshine.  

Present forecasts show the wind to be from the south on Saturday at around 18 mph, if this holds true, small craft boaters need to take caution if venturing on the lakes on Saturday.  The present forecast is calling for south wind at 7 mph on Sunday, if this forecast holds true, it should be a beautiful day for fishing. 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays on shallow flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fall feeders can be taken on topwater lures, shallow running and lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the back halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shaky head worms and finesse jigs.  The Largemouth fishing is good for numbers and fair for keeper size fish.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lakes points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, finesse jigs and curly tail grubs.  Some good fish are being taken but the numbers are being reported as low as the fish seem to be scattered.  
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, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps on blue/chrome, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy and Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken mainly over brush piles in the creeks and bays in 10-15 ft of water by fishing vertically with small tube jigs, curly tail jigs and minnows.  Some Crappie are also being taken around shallow wood by fishing with small jigs and minnows under bobbers as well as by casting curly tail jigs.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken shallow on inline spinners, small lipless crankbaits and small spoons.  White Bass are also being taken in deeper water off the flats by vertically jigging small spoons and inline spinners under schools of baitfish.
Catfish:  I have not had any reports on the Catfish this week but we are still catching some nice Channel Cats back on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays while bass fishing so my advice would be to set some jug lines out in the creeks and bays baited with yellowtail or minnows as was reported to be working last week.
Bluegill:  Some nice Bluegills are being taken over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water by fishing with small jigs tipped with worms and also small curly tail jigs fished vertically.

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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.