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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/14/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.98  Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.05  Surface Temperature - 69
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Well, the fall transition continues as the base water temperatures are up and down over the past week or so.  Late last week the base water temperature had dropped to around 65 degrees, but we had some warmer days and light winds over the past few days and the base water temperatures rose to the present 69 degree levels.  

This is normal during the fall transition period as the shad tend to migrate toward the shallows in stages by year class during these periods of up and down water temperatures.  We are seeing more later year class threadfin shad in the shallows now and of course more of the keeper class bass are starting to show up with them.  We still have plenty of later year class shad, especially the larger gizzard shad still in transition from the deeper water areas to the shallows.  We still have a myriad of patterns working from the ledges to the shallows but the ledge fishing is getting more spotty and the shallow water bite is picking up as the transition progresses.  

This week we have taken some nice keepers off the ledges but we are now getting more fish in the creeks and bays on the shallow flats and on lead in secondary points and banks.  Winning tournament weights last weekend are still in the 12-16lb per day average on 5 fish which is indicative of the fall transition weights.  As mentioned before, the shallow water bite is picking up with a good early morning topwater bite on some mornings.  

We have limited with keeper sized Largemouth up to 5 lbs in two of the last three mornings with the best 5 fish this morning going about 15lbs.  I have been coordinating with a number of locals that I network with here this week and also talking to a number of folks here getting prepared for tournaments this weekend and some are getting like limits but most are reporting 3 to 4 keepers per day with some short fish.  I would expect these numbers to continue over the next week or two until the base water temperatures drop a little more and get less fluctuation.   
As with the Largemouth, more White Bass are now showing up in the creeks and bays with some active schooling fish feeding on schools of shad on the shallow flats during the day.  The Crappie anglers are also reporting that they are now taking Crappie in the creeks and bays over brush piles in 8-15 ft of water. 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns as is per normal during the fall transition.   Some Largemouth are still being taken on ledges on the main lake near the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on primary points, secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

These fish are being taken on deep and medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits, jigs and shaky heads with some early morning topwater bite.  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 and blade baits and senkos. 
Smallmouth:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary points and secondary points around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs.  Some nice single fish are being reported but not many numbers of fish.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy and Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon and chartreuse shad, Lucky Craft G-Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad, sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Slong's flat top jigs in phantom with Net Baits green pumpkin/blue baby paca craw trailer, Charmer Timber Pups in watermelon/purple, Charmer Shaky Head worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin and Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin/black and green pumpkin/blue.
Crappie:  Crappies are being taken over brush piles around the mouths of the creeks and bays and along old creek channels in the creeks and bays in 8-15 ft of water by spider rigging with small tube jigs and small minnows.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays by vertical fishing with inline spinners and jigging spoons.  White Bass are also being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays, especially during the mid day as they are schooling of shad.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and spoons cast into the feeding schools.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on main lake flats and on the flats about half way back in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on bottom rigs and also on jug lines baited with minnows and yellowtails.
I would like to thank all those folks that sent me emails and called to check on me since I did not write a report last week.  It is nice to have so many people wondering if I was ok.  Last week, I was not in town but was attending an annual get together of old military friends and family that we have been doing for many years.  I failed to note in my last report that I would not be on the water or in town to write a report last week.  Thanks again for your thoughts.  

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