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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/12/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.13  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.85  Surface Temperature - 60
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a drawdown.  The floods on the Mississippi River finally subsided enough and the lakes are on a fast drawdown.  The lakes are dropping about one foot per day right now.  The quick drop in the water has had varying effects on the Largemouth Bass fishing.  

While we are still catching good numbers of fish, the fish have backed out a little and we are catching more now in 4-8 ft of water on the flats rather than in the 2-3 ft of water we were catching them prior to the drawdown.  The topwater bite has been slow since the drawdown began and spinnerbaits, crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits have been the lures of choice this week.  We are also catching some nice fish on some days in deeper water along the old creek channels in 14-20 ft of water by ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits.  

The current has also provided some folks with some good catches of Largemouth on main lake points and current breaks.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake points and current breaks.  Crappie anglers were reporting a good bite with good numbers of fish prior to the drawdown beginning but the reports I received in the past two days indicated that although they are still catching fish, the bite has slowed somewhat with the dropping water. 

The White Bass are being taken in pretty much the same depths (both shallow and deep) in the creeks and bays as the Largemouth.  Although I did not get any reports on the Catfish this week, we are still catching some occasional big Channel Catfish while bass fishing so there are still plenty of Channel Catfish roaming the flats in the creeks and bays.  

I would think the Blue Catfish would be schooling good with all this current but have not had any reports but have seen a number of Catfish anglers back shallow netting yellowtails for bait.  The weather forecast for tomorrow and the weekend looks great with some light south winds and temperatures Saturday and Sunday forecasted to be in the 70's.  

If this forecast holds true, it would be a great time to be on the water for some fun fall fishing.  Boaters should use caution on both lakes as there is a still a good bit of debris on the lakes from the water being drawn down.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points on the main lake, secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish being taken near wood cover on spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  Largemouth are also being taken along old creek channels in 14-20 ft of water around schools of baitfish by ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points near current breaks on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and grubs.  Some nice fish are being reported but not numbers of fish.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and aurora black, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Luhr Jenson Speed Shad in blue/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, MOAB (www.moabcustombaits.com) custom painted Lucky Craft crankbaits in glimmer blue, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lucky Craft Pointer 78 in chartreuse shad and aurora black.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water by spider rigging with small tube jigs and small minnows.  Some Crappie are also being taken by casting roadrunners and curly tail jigs near wood cover on creek channel banks.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken as they are feeding on schools of baitfish on the flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish can be taken by casting inline spinners, small spoons and curly tail jigs.  White Bass are also being taken along the creek channels in 14-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small spoons and minnow rigs.  
Bluegills:  Bluegills are being taken in brush piles in 10-15 ft of water by fishing vertically with small jigs tipped with worms.  Some good catches are being reported.

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