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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

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

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.03  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.10  Surface Temperature - 58
Both lakes are four feet below summer pool.  Boaters should make sure they stay within the navigation buoys when running unless they know for sure the water depth they are in is safe.  These are big lakes, but they are shallow lakes.  
The weather these past few days here has been absolutely beautiful with highs in the upper 70's and plenty of sunshine.  We have had these nice blue sky pretty days all week since the nasty cold frontal passage late last week.  This cold front pushed the base water temperatures down to the present level and this is a good thing as our water temperatures have been too high and slowed the progress of the fall feeding patterns.  

The only problem is that although we are having some very nice days, these bluebird sky days with flat water is indicative of high pressure which we have been under since the frontal passage last week.  The Largemouth fishing has remained about the same with any number of patterns working and none of them really consistent.  We are seeing very little if any schooling fish, which is something we normally see quite a bit of this time of year.  We have another frontal passage due to come through the area on Saturday and with it a chance for some rain.  

The forecast for next week has a chance for rain showers thru midweek and also lower, more seasonal temperatures with daytime highs in the mid 60's and low's in the upper 30's to low 40's.  Hopefully this weather change will get the fish in a feeding mood and we will see that good fall feeding period we normally have here.  If it does not happen soon, it may not happen before winter sets in.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for a long fall.  

The Crappie anglers, who were reporting a good bite last week, have reported a slower bite this week also with the high pressure and lack of cloud cover and wind.   I noticed also this week, much less active feeding by the White Bass.  Like I said, these beautiful fall days make it a pleasure to be outdoors, but they do not make it great for fishing.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the backs of the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening.  Largemouth are being taken late in the morning and early in the afternoon on the deeper flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on shallow running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and blade baits.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as associated channel banks.  Most of these fish are being taken near wood cover on crankbaits, shaky heads and tube jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary points and main lake secondary points.  Some early topwater is being reported, but like the topwater Largemouth, it is early and late in the day and not consistent.  Smallmouth are also being taken on these spots on jigs and tube jigs.  The numbers of fish being taken is low with some occasional nice single fish.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and chartreuse shad, Slong's spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Strike King series 5  crankbaits in sexy shad, Strike King 1.5 and 2.5 square bill crankbaits in Tennessee Shad and Sexy Shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer rootbeer chartreuse, Charmer Shaky Head worms in watermelon/purple and watermelon/candy,  Silver Buddy and Steel Shad blade baits in silver and gold and Slong's football head jigs in phantom with matching green pumpkin Net Baits Paca Chunk trailer.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and deep stake beds in the creeks and bays in 8-15 ft of water by vertically fishing with small minnows and small jigs.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays over submerged points and humps feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  Some White Bass are being taken on the flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shallow baitfish.  These fish are being taken on blade baits and inline spinners cast into the feeding fish.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken on gravel points and banks near wood cover by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.  
Catfish:  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellow tails.  

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