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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/04/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.69  Surface Temperature - 62

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 62
Both lakes are slightly over 4 foot below summer pool.  It has been another week of windy weather here on the big lakes with the north winds today being the worst of the week.  We have more north winds in the forecast for tomorrow but the weekend forecast is presently showing more favorable wind conditions as is next week.  The weather folks are presently calling for a low in the high 20's on Saturday morning and a high in the mid 50's.  Sunday is showing a low in the high 30's with a high in the mid 60's.  

If the weather forecast holds for next week, we are looking at night time lows in the mid 40's and daytime highs in the mid 60's with a southerly wind flow.  As is always with this time of year, one should check the latest weather forecasts and wind predictions as these can and many times do change on short notice.  Our base water temperatures have dropped 3 degrees since last week and should drop another degree or two by Sunday.  We are still about 3 degrees above our normal water temperatures for this time of year.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass bite continues to be somewhat scattered and finicky and numbers of larger fish are still eluding most bass anglers although I have received a few reports of some nice single large fish being taken, most of the fish being taken are less than keeper size.  

Many tournament anglers are still struggling to put 5 keepers in the boat on a consistent basis. Topwater lures are still somewhat inconsistent but some fish are being taken early in the day on this pattern in shallow water with walking baits being the best producer.  The better Largemouth bite has been late in the morning and early afternoon hours on the shallow flats with Largemouth feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits, chatterbaits and small swim baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on lead in channel banks and secondary points with wood cover.  

These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads.  There are still some fish being taken on deep primary points and staging ledges on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs but this bite is very spotty and has not been consistent as the fish are moving quite a bit.  No doubt, the best of the fall bass fishing is yet to come, so don't put your boats away yet, there are still plenty of fish to be taken on fall patterns.  
Smallmouth:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points as well as the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  There has been some reported topwater bite early on walking baits and prop baits but this bite, like the Largemouth topwater pattern is very inconsistent at this point.  Some nice fish are being reported but these are mostly reports of single fish with low numbers.  Most of the Smallmouth are being taken on jigs and shaky heads and the bite is very spotty.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy 100 series in ghost pearl lemon and chartreuse shad, Zara Spook and Spook Jr in shad patterns, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse,  Strike King 1.5 and 2.5 square bill crankbaits in Tennessee Shad, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Slong's spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin candy, Slong's jigs in phantom and D&L jigs in "oops" pattern with green pumpkin trailers.  
Crappie:  Crappie has been reported as the best bite this week with some nice catches coming in 8-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows over brush piles around the mouths of the creeks.  Some Crappie are reportedly being taken on brush piles off secondary points in the creeks and bays in 6-8 ft of water by casting curly tail jigs and vertically fishing with minnows.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners, curly tail white jigs and small spoons into the feeding fish.  White Bass are also being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays on humps by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons under schools of baitfish.  
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water, especially during periods of current with yellowtails fished on bottom rigs.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken off gravel banks and points near wood cover on small jigs tipped with worms and on pinched nightcrawlers.  

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