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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/21/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.77  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 67
Both lakes are 4 feet below summer pool.  The spotty fall transition bite continues here on the Largemouth Bass as we continue to experience a lot of fluctuation in the base water temperatures with heat waves and cold fronts.  We now have more adult threadfin shad in the creeks and bays but the larger shad are still out roaming which is normal during the transition, and of course the numbers of larger fish are roaming right along with them.  

The weights in the first day of the FLW Bass Fishing League Regional today are indicative of the scattered bite and lower catches of keeper fish we experience during the transition period.  Out of 160 boat on the professional side, one third of these anglers did not weigh in a keeper fish today.  Over two thirds of these anglers only weighed one fish or no fish.  16lb 14 oz was the largest bag of 5 fish today and it 10th place was only 10lb 2 oz.   

Bass anglers are fishing a myriad of patterns from the ledges to the shallows and no one pattern or no one lure is consistently producing numbers of fish.  Our best pattern has been to go very shallow early and try for the topwater bite and then back out onto the flats in 4-10 ft of water and patiently work the shad schools there with spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, blade baits and dead stick worms.  On the mornings the topwater bite is there, we have had limits or near limits but this early pattern is still spotty with only a couple of short fish on some mornings but certainly worth the effort when it is on.  

The later pattern in the deeper water on the flats is one of patience but I look at it this way, the shad on the ledges and out in deeper water are mobile this time of year, and running and gunning trying to find some and then be there at the exact time they want to feed is like playing the lottery....someone may win it, but the odds are not good.  The shad and bass that have already moved shallow are now resident there and are not going anywhere until they transition back to the deeper water as the winter cold fronts come in.  

The only thing that is going to happen in the shallows in the near future is that more shad are going to eventually move in along with more bass.  Like I mentioned before, this pattern is one of patience, but then again, being a successful bass angler is always a matter of patience and I would rather fish where I know there are fish than spend most of my day looking for fish that probably won't be there tomorrow.  We did hit a few ledges this week and caught a couple of bass but the ledges like most of the deep water areas are very spotty with the shad and bass there moving around.
Anglers venturing on the big lakes this weekend need to keep and eye on the wind/weather forecasts.  The forecast for Saturday is for winds from the south at 16 with higher gusts and on Sunday from the south/southwest at 15 with higher gusts and a chance of thunderstorms.  Those of us that fish the big lakes here regularly always add 5 mph to the wind forecasts when they are coming from the south or north.  If the present forecast holds for this weekend, you can expect some rough water for sure.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as well as on the main lake flats.  These fish are taking topwater lures early in the day and then lipless crankbaits, blade baits, spinnerbaits and dead stick worms later in the morning and through out the day.

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points, secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on deep and medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  Largemouth are also still being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on primary points and main lake points on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  A few nice fish are being reported but not large numbers of fish.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy and Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, chartreuse shad and pearl ayu, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Silver Buddy blade baits, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad, sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis Rattletrap in blue/chrome, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple, Slong's flat head jigs in phantom with Net Baits Baby Paca Craw trailer in green pumpkin/blue, Charmer tubes in smoke purple and road kill and Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin variations.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water along the old creek channels in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small tubes and minnow/tube combinations.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of baitfish.  The deeper water fish can be taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small jigging spoons.  The shallow water fish can be taken on inline spinners, small spoons and small blade baits.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in the creeks and bays by jug anglers baiting their lines with yellow tails and night crawlers.  These fish are being taken mostly in 6- 12 ft of water.  These fish are also being taken by anglers fishing with bottom rigs in these areas baiting up with night crawlers and yellow tails.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken off gravel points and banks near wood cover by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with worms.  

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