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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/04/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.18  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.25  Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are 4 feet below summer pool and stable.  Kentucky Lake has been generating an average flow of about 21000 cfs during the day and around 28000 cfs during the evening and night hours this past week.  Lake Barkley has been generating an average flow of about 17,500 cfs around the clock this past week.  
We had another cold front come through the lakes area yesterday, bringing with it some rain, wind and cooler temperatures.  We will be post frontal today and tomorrow as today's high temperature will be in the 60's with  north quadrant winds today and east quadrant winds on Saturday.  

The daytime highs are forecasted to remain in the mid to upper 60's until the next frontal passage around this coming mid week.  Night time low's range from the 40's tonight to the low 50's through mid next week.  The winds are forecasted to be from the south quadrant beginning on Sunday through mid week.  We have has some days of moderate to high winds this past week, so make sure you check the wind forecasts before venturing on the lakes and plan accordingly.  Now also is the time to make sure you have the items you need in case you have an accident and get wet or just get stranded on the water.  

Water temperatures are rapidly reaching the levels where hypothermic conditions can set in if you get wet.  Make sure you have an extra set of dry clothes, fire starter etc on your boat in case you have a mishap or get stranded.  
There has not been much change in the Largemouth fishing this week.  We are still primarily fishing in the creeks and bays where the Largemouth are feeding up on schools of shad in preparation for the coming winter.  As is per normal for this time of year, we are having some good days with numbers of fish and a slow day now and then with the frontal patterns playing the leading role in the fishing conditions.  

We are getting cold fronts coming from the northwest now about every 5-6 days.  On the good days we are getting some nice numbers of 2-3 lbs fish with an occasional 4 lb plus fish.  This is pretty much reflected also in the tournament results lately with an average of 15lbs a day for 5 fish winning the Everstart National Championship last week.  

Our primary pattern has been to go very shallow early with topwater lures and then back out onto the flats in 4-8 ft of water and work the shad schools with spinnerbaits, swim baits as well as lipless and shallow running crankbaits.  On tougher bite days we are backing out onto the points in deeper water and working them with suspending jerk baits, shaky heads, jigs and Carolina rigs.  Some of the schools of gizzard shad are now moving into the creeks and bays and of course this will mean we should start seeing more of the larger fish moving in with them.  
Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth Bass are being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerk baits,  Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the back halves of the creeks and bays as well as on flats on the main lakes as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and then on spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits, swim baits, and spoons.  
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 topwater lures early in the morning, suspending jerk baits, crankbaits, jigs and spoons.  I have not received any reports of limits of Smallmouth taken this week but have received a few reports of some nice single fish.    

Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:   Lucky Craft Gunfish and Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon,  Zara Spooks in white, Strike King series 3 crankbaits in sexy shad, Norman Deep Little N in rootbeer,  Strike King 1.5 series in green gizzard shad, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer, Charmer Shaky Head worms in bama bug and green pumpkin candy.
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reporting that they are having about the same success as we are on the bass, that is, some good days and some slow days depending on weather patterns.  Crappie anglers are still taking their fish in the 10-15 ft depths reported last week while fishing over brush and deep stake beds but a few of the folks are saying they are catching Crappie in the shallower brush around 5-8 ft deep early in the morning and late in the evening.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles and minnows.  
White Bass  Whites are being taken on the flats in the back halves of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These schooling Whites are being taken on inline spinners, spoons and small crankbaits cast into and around the feeding fish.  
Bluegills:  Bluegills are being taken around brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water on small jigs tipped with worms worked near the bottom.  
Catfish:  I did not receive any reports on the Catfish this week, but we are still catching one or two nice Catfish most days while bass fishing on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  

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