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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/30/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.10  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.20  Surface Temperature - 75
 
Both lakes are four (4) feet below summer pool.  Take caution running the lakes with the water at these levels.  Use the navigation buoys and if you are not sure about the depth changes in the area you are running you should idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water.  

I have had a number of reports of folks, especially those anglers in from out of town to fish the on going fall classic tournaments here that have damaged their boats because they hit submerged points, bars, foundations etc running in areas they were not familiar with outside the channels.
 
As I mentioned in last week's report, we were in for a cooling period and as expected the water temperatures have dropped 5 degrees since last week's report.  This water temperature drop moved a few more shad into the shallows to feed up for fall but there are lots of big shad schools staging up around the mouths of the creeks and bays now and the forecast for the next week is for more cooling temperatures which should drop the water temperatures even more which of course will result in more shad moving shallow.  

The forecast for the weekend is for highs Saturday in the mid 70's and low's in the 40's.  Sunday and Monday show high's in the 60's with lows in the high 30's.  The rest of next week is showing high's in the 70's with low's in the 40's.  
 
This was a week of either flat water on some days and some days we had moderate north winds.  The forecast for the next week is calling for about the same.  The Largemouth are still scattered from the ledges to the backs of the creeks and bays with the shad still in transition.  Some days this past week we had the better bite on the ledges and some days it was in the creeks and bays fishing the shallows.  

So, the myriad of patterns we always experience during the fall transition period continues.  This past week we had a better bite on the ledges on some days and some days there was a better bite in shallower water.  Tournament weights last weekend reflect this with 33lbs winning the Fishers Of Men tournament over two days and also a local club classic that took only 20 lbs to win over two days.  As is normal during the transition, numbers of smaller Largemouth can be taken but keepers are scarce as are limits of keepers.  I expect we will see this trend continue for another 2 to 4  weeks depending on water temperatures until the majority of the shad and Largemouth finally get transitioned to the shallows for the big fall feeding period.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the main lake ledges as well as the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits, jigs and shaky heads with an occasional fish on a deep diving crankbait.  The Carolina rig was out best bite again this week on the ledges.  

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These transitioning fish are being taken on deep and medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats on the main lakes as well as the flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, blade baits and chatterbaits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on primary points and secondary points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads.  The numbers are reported low but a few nice fish are being taken.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and chartreuse shad, Lucky Craft gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King Series 5 and 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in cabin special, rootbeer and blue pearl, Slong's spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in blue glimmer (tip the chatterbait with a 5" Yamamoto blue pearl twin tail grub), Charmer Timber Pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Strike King rodent in Amistad special, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Silver Buddy blade baits, Charmer tubes in smoke/purple and road kill and Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin on Slongs shaky head jigs.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and deep stake beds around the mouths of the creeks and bays near the creek channels by spider rigging with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations in 12-20 ft of water.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays along the creek channels by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are being taken on the shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as they are surface feeding on schools of small shad.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding schools.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken on gravel banks and points near wood cover in 10-15 ft of water by fishing vertically with small jigs tipped with worms.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels and on deeper flats in the creeks and bays by fishing with large minnows and cut baits on bottom rigs.  Blue Catfish are being taken along the river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by fishing with yellow tails on bottom rigs.

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.