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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/26/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.04   Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.05  Surface Temperature - 56
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool.  This past week has been a combination of some very nice days and some cooler days as we are now getting cold frontal passages about every 2 to 3 days now.  One thing that has been constant this week is the wind which has somewhat hampered fishing most days but this is to be expected with so many frontal passages. 

A really nasty cold front came through the lakes area late yesterday and brought with it some very high winds, severe thunderstorms and even our first traces of snow and sleet late last night on the back side of the front.  We did receive however around 2 inches of sorely needed rainfall.  The forecast for this weekend is for below freezing temperatures in the mornings but warming to around 50 on Saturday and mid 50's on Sunday.  

Sunny skies are forecasted for the weekend so this would be a good time to get on the water to enjoy some of the waning days of late fall fishing here on the lakes.  Another cold front is forecasted to come through the area late Monday with a cooling trend through mid week.  
Although the wind and some weather kept a lot of folks off the lakes a couple of days this past week, we did get in some days on the water as did some of the local anglers.  The Largemouth patterns mentioned last week  that we expected would continue until winter water temperatures set in have done just that.  

There are still some Largemouth being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays during the late morning and afternoon hours but this bite is decreasing as the shad there are moving more toward the mid creeks and bays with all the cold fronts.  The larger schools of shad and thus the majority of the Largemouth are in the deeper waters around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  The most productive pattern this week has been ripping spoons and flat sided baits under these large schools of shad with some Largemouth being taken on the ledges and points around the mouths of the creeks and bays on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  

I expect this pattern will continue over the next week.  Crappie anglers reported a mixed bite this past week with some good days and some fair days.  The vertical fishing patterns with jigs, minnows and minnow/jig combinations over brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water in the creeks and bays and in 15-20 ft of water on the main lakes seems to be producing the best results.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken along the creek channels near the mouths of the creeks and bays by ripping spoons and flat sided crankbaits under the large schools of shad.  Largemouth are also being taken on the ledges and primary points at the mouths of the creeks and bays with deep diving crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points and creek channel banks near wood cover.  These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads.  There are still some Largemouth being taken on the shallow flats near the backs of the creeks and bays, especially during the warm part of the day.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and blade baits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  Some nice single fish have been reported but low numbers.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Strike King series 5 and 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Norman Deep Little N in rootbeer, Bandit 300 series in rootbeer,  rootbeer/chartreuse and blue steel, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in sexy shad, chrome sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lake Fork spoons in shad patterns, Strike King sexy spoons, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white, Silver Buddy and Steel Shad blade baits in silver and gold, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin candy and Slong's flat top jigs in phantom with Net Baits baby paca craw trailer in green pumpkin/blue.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing over deep brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water in the creeks and bays and in 15-20 ft of water on the main lake ledges.  These fish are being taken on small jigs, minnows and minnow/jig combinations.
Catfish:  Blue catfish are reportedly being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail.  This bite is best during periods of current draw.

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