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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/28/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.79   Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 65
 
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool.  "Windy" is the best word to describe the conditions here on the big lakes the past week.  We have had a number of frontal passages since last week to include a major frontal passage on Tuesday.  These frontal passages have kept the wind blowing and made for some rough water, thus many anglers avoided the lakes this past week or were limited on where they could fish do to rough water on the main lakes.  

Up until the major frontal passage on Tuesday, most of the wind was from the south giving us some above normal temperatures which kept the base water temperatures still above normal for this time of year.  It has cooled down now with the major frontal passage on Tuesday and the base water temperatures dropped two degrees in the past two days.  The forecast for tonight is for temperatures in the low 30's.  

Another front is moving our way which will give us a slight warming trend and southerly winds for the weekend.  This next front is forecasted to come through the area late Sunday.  The forecast for next week is calling for daytime highs in the 60's and night time low's in the 40's with northerly winds.  If this forecast for next week pans out, then we should see our water temperatures dropping and hopefully will get the water temperatures to more seasonable level.  
 
The Largemouth fishing has pretty much remained the same as last week's report with the shad still slow in transition to shallower waters to feed up for the winter which of course has the Largemouth still spread out from the deeper water to the shallows.  

As mentioned in last week's report, we do have some numbers of adult threadfin in the creeks and bays now and a so more keeper Largemouth are now being taken in those areas, but the numbers of fish are still scattered from deep to shallow with the deeper shad and fish moving a lot.  Tournament weights over the past weekend reflect that one day tournaments are being won on bags between 12-15lbs on 5 fish and multiple day tournaments are being won on a daily average of about the same.  

Many tournament anglers are struggling to get 5 keepers and many of them are only getting one keeper or no keepers.  On the days my clients and I were able to get on the water this past week, we had keepers every day but the numbers of keepers were not what we would expect by this time in October but they can be had if you are patient and keep a lure in the water where you know there are fish.  

Our best pattern is still to go very shallow early in the morning with topwater lures and then backing out into deeper flats during late morning and afternoon, working the shad schools.  The early morning topwater is still spotty but worth the effort on the mornings it is there as many of the bigger fish are coming on this pattern.  As more fish move into the creeks and bays, this pattern will only get better.  The best of the fall fishing is yet to come as the water temperatures drop.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays and on the main lake.  These fish can be taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, blade baits and lipless crankbaits.  The best pattern on these shallow fish is to go very shallow early in the morning with topwater lures and then back off into deeper water from 3-8 ft with spinnerbaits, blade baits and lipless crankbaits worked around the schools of shad.  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 crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shaky heads, jigs and tube jigs.  Some Largemouth are still being taken on ledges, especially staging ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  The deeper fishing patterns are spotty with the fish moving a lot, but it is a pattern than can put some fish in the boat if your shallow water pattern is shut down with a cold front.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  There is some early morning topwater on these fish but it is spotty.  Mostly these fish are being taken on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs with some nice single fish being taken but low numbers of fish being caught.
 
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 and rootbeer/chartreuse, 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, Last Cast Hairy Bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits Paca chunk trailer and Charmer tubes in smoke purple and road kill.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and deep stake beds in 8- 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 as they are surface feeding on schools of baitfish.  
 
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.  Blue Catfish are being taken on the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water, especially during periods of current,  on bottom rigs baited with yellowtails and cut baits
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken off gravel points and banks near wood cover by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with worms and nightcrawlers.  

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