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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/11/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.71  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.70  Surface Temperature - 83
The lakes are presently a little over 2 ft above winter pool and on a slow drawdown.  Surface temperatures rose over the weekend and the first part of the week with above average air temperatures but the temperatures are now dropping slowly again.  

The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays as well as on and near the shallow flats near wood cover.  The deeper fish are somewhat scattered as they are transitioning from the main lake summer haunts to the bays. These fish are being taken on topwater early and then deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged lizards and tubes, and jignpig.    

The shallow fish are in the back halves of the bays on secondary points and on the flats near wood cover  feeding on schools of threadfin shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged soft plastics and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and main lake secondary points as well as in the bays on secondary points and along deep creek channel banks with rock and wood cover.  These fish are taking topwater lures and crankbaits early and Texas rigged plastics and jignpig later in the day.  These fish are also feeding primarily on schools of threadfin shad.  
Some of the productive lures reported over the past week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in chartruese, Zara Spook in Chartruese and shad patterns, Rebel Pop R in shad pattern, Rapala Skitter Pop in Shad pattern, Bandit 200 series crankbaits in rootbeer, Fishco medium and shallow running crankbaits in Grey Ghost, Tennessee Shad, and Sunset Craw, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Zoom lizards in watermelon and watermelon/red, Snoozer 3.5" tubes in Road Kill Cammo and Smoke/purple, Davis Blue Glimmer spinnerbaits, Yamamoto Senko in watermelon, Strike King Bitsy Flip jigs in watermelon and green pumpkin with matching Super Jr chunk trailers dipped in chartruese, and Stanley Jigs in black/blue with black/blue trailers.  
The White Bass have been slow on the main lake by vertically jigging spoons and roostertails.  I have seen a number of jumps in the bays over the past few days but these are smaller fish.  The larger fish should be active in the bays soon.  
The Crappie are slow on main lake old creek channels near the mouths of the bays in 15-20 ft of water.  The best pattern reported is to vertically fish small minnows over deep wood cover.  
The Bluegill are very active along rocky deep creek channel banks and also around docks with wood cover.  These fish can be readily taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
The Catfish are being taken near the main river channels in 25-30 ft of water using bottom fished large minnows and cut baits.  
I have a some openings left for this month and openings in October if you are thinking about getting a guide for fun fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization, or technique instruction don't hesitate to drop me an email or give me a call.  
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