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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/02/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.87  Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.0  Surface Temperature - 53
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and on a drawdown.  As I mentioned in my last week's report, we are getting those frontal passages about every 24-72 hours now as we near the end of fall and enter the early winter time patterns.  We had a lot of rain in the area last week and again early this week and lake levels have risen about one foot  and good current is being generated now on both lakes around the clock as the lakes are being pulled back down to normal levels.  

Although the weather has hampered most anglers this week, the nicer weather last weekend brought out a number of late fall anglers and some good catches were reported on both Largemouth and Smallmouth.  There have been a number of reports of a good suspending jerkbait bite on main lake points and on the main lake ledges with the current being generated.  Another pattern that is paying off is working the shad schools in the front halves of the creeks and bays by ripping spoons, blade baits and flat sided lipless crankbaits under these schools.  Watching the gulls is the key to this pattern.  

When the gulls are diving on schools of shad being pushed up by the feeding fish, move to the area where the gulls are diving and rip your baits off the bottom for some good action.  You will catch just about every species of fish that feeds on shad with this pattern to include Largemouth, Hybrids, Rockfish, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Catfish, Drum, Crappie and Sauger....this is a fun pattern for action.  Our days are getting numbered for this late fall action, so if you can find a day with reasonable weather, now is the time to get out and enjoy the late fall bass fishing.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow looks to be the best day in the near future with highs around 50 and light NE winds.  We have another strong front that will pass to our north this weekend.  The wind forecast for Saturday is for NW at 17mph with highs around 48 and night time lows below freezing.  

North winds are forecasted for Sunday with only a high of 42.  Early next week shows highs in the low 40's and night time lows in the 20's.  The extended forecast looks promising after midweek with a slight warming trend, but as is normal for this time of year, this forecast can change so anglers need to monitor the weather forecasts for last minute changes....this is all a part of fishing this time of year and though out the winter months.  Anglers need to be aware that hypothermic conditions now exist and take precautions to have a survival kit in their boat and check the latest wind and weather forecasts before venturing on the water.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and on main lake ledges on suspending jerkbaits, deep diving crankbaits and jigs.  The jerkbait bite has been the dominate pattern this week with some fish being reported on the crankbaits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the front halves of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken by ripping spoons, blade baits and lipless crankbaits off the bottom under these schools of shad.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and main lake ledges on suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  These fish are getting active with the current draw and are feeding up for winter.  Some nice bags of Smallmouth are being reported this week.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black, table rock shad and chartreuse shad, Mega Bass jerkbaits in ito watsugi, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in chrome sexy shad and blue/chrome,  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white,  Strike King sexy spoons, Silver Buddy and Steel Shad blade baits in silver and Slong's flat head jigs in phantom with Net Baits baby paca craw trailer in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in 10-15 ft of water in the front halves of the creeks and bays and also on the main lake in 12-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with minnows and small jigs.  These fish are being taken over deep brush piles and stake beds near the old creek channels.  Bluegills and Yellow Bass are also being taken by the Crappie anglers in these areas on these baits.  
White Bass/Hybrids/Rockfish:  I had two reports of schools of these fish being taken in creeks this week in 5 - 10 ft of water as they were schooling on shad on Kentucky Lake.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and blade baits and both reports indicated the bite during the early afternoon hours.  

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