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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/26/2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.61  Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354. 50  Surface Temperature - 57
Both lakes are one half foot over winter pool.  Both lakes finally started leveling off the past two days after the fast drawdown we had over the past week or so.  The Largemouth Bass fishing has been a combination of very good and slow over the past week.  

We are getting a lot of cold frontal passages in the lakes area now, which are typical for this time in late November and that coupled with the drawdown has made the Largemouth fishing interesting to say the least.  The better fishing has been a matter of timing.  

We have experienced some very good shallow water feeding patterns on topwater, crankbaits and spinnerbaits just prior to the frontal passages and as one would expect, having to back off into somewhat deeper water off the flats and slowing presentations after the fronts with suspending jerkbaits and shaky heads to get our fish.  As one would expect, the better bite has been coming later in the morning or early afternoon as the shallow water warms up.  

The numbers of cold fronts are now increasing which is a certain prelude that winter is coming and one can expect the water temperatures to be dropping out of the fall feeding ranges soon and fish will be moving to their winter haunts.  The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks good with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures ranging from the mid 50's on Friday to the 60's on Saturday and Sunday.  

The present forecast for next week shows a series of cold fronts coming through the area with daytime temperatures in the mid 40's to low 50's and night time lows in the low to mid 30's.  If this holds true, the water temperatures will be dropping and I would expect the fish to start transitioning to winter haunts late next week or the following week.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, shallow running and lipless crankbaits.  These fish are most active during the late morning and afternoon hours.  

Largemouth are also being taken on lead in creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and shaky head worms.  One should consider targeting these areas early in the day and on post frontal days.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on humps and ledges around the mouths of the bays as well as on primary points.  These fish are early transition fish to winter patterns and are being taken on shaky head worms, finesse jigs and Carolina rigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points and on secondary points near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and curly tail jigs.  The reports indicate some nice fish being taken but few in numbers.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white and blue glimmer, Lucky Craft pointers in chartreuse shad and aurora black,Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad and blue/chrome,  Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass curly tail grubs in smoke/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy and watermelon/purple, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, D&L baby advantage jigs in oops pattern and Last Cast hairy bug finesse jig in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reportedly catching fish over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  Some anglers are reportedly catching Crappie late in the afternoon by casting curly tail jigs on channel banks in 7-10 ft of water.  The reports indicate that the bite has been scattered, but this should get better now that the lakes are leveling off after the drawdown to more stable levels.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays along creek channels under schools of baitfish by vertically jigging small spoons and inline spinners.  Some Whites are still schooling on the flats in shallow water during the afternoon after the water has warmed up and are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and small spoons.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.