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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/29/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 356.17   Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 83
 
The lakes are on a slow draw down to winter pool.  The cool nights over the past week have dropped the water temperatures to the low 80's.  It appears that some of the Largemouth Bass that haunt the deep ledges in the summer have started to transition toward the bays following schools of baitfish.  There are still fish being taken on the main lake ledges but there seems to be more fish now feeding on main lake points and on ledges near the mouths of the bays.  

There also seems to be more Largemouth feeding on the schools of baitfish fry in the bays on secondary points and on the flats.  The ledge fish are taking topwater baits and crankbaits early on the tops of the ledges and later hitting Carolina rigged tubes and lizards, deep diving crankbaits, and slow rolled spinnerbaits.  The Largemouth feeding on the main lake points are taking topwater early and late and deep diving crankbaits.  The Largemouth feeding in the bays are taking topwater early and late, medium and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig. 
 
The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points as well as on rocky creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are taking topwater lures early, medium running crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Zara spook in natural shad, LuckyCraft Sammy in Chartruese, spitting type popping baits in natural shad, Gambler buzzbaits in white and black,  Snoozer's tubes in smoke/purple and road kill cammo, Davis X-wire blue glimmer spinnerbaits, Zoom lizards in watermelon/red, Norman DD14 crankbaits in white, Bandit medium 200 series crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and speckled back,  Davis Fishco medium running crankbaits in grey ghost, shad, and sunset craw.
 
The white bass are in transition also toward the bays and some jumps have been reported off main lake points but have been short in duration and the schools seem to be smaller fish.  Most of the reports I have received this week seem to show that the best method for taking the white bass is by trolling small deep diving crankbaits near the mouths of the bays.  
 
The Crappie are slow with few reports received but if the water temperatures continue to drop then we should start seeing some of these fish show up at the mouths of the bays soon.
 
The Bluegill are very active and some good fish are being taken along deep rocky shorelines and secondary points in the bays as well as around docks with wood cover.  These fish can be readily taken on wax worms and crickets fished under bobbers. 
 
Some catfish are being taken near the river channels fishing bottom rigs with large minnows and cut baits.  

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