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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/03/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 356.03   Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.85  Surface Temperature - 76
 
After reaching summer pool levels from all the rain last week over the weekend the lakes have been pulled hard all week and are now back to the previous levels of 2 feet over winter pool.  More heavy rains are expected in the lakes area beginning Thursday night and last through Friday as the remnants of yet another hurricane comes through the lakes area.  High wind warnings are out for Friday.  If we get the amounts of rain forecasted, expect the lakes to once again go on the rise this weekend.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the flats and secondary points near the flats near wood cover.  These fish are feeding heavily on the schools of shad and are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits as well as on Texas rigged plastics and jignpig.  There are also Largemouth Bass being taken on the main lake and creek channel ledges as well as on the main lake points.  

These fish have gotten active with the water being pulled down creating current in these areas.  This pattern should continue through the next week as water is being pulled because of the new round of heavy rains coming through the area.  These fish are being caught on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged plastics, and jignpig.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays early and late.  There is some topwater bite early but the better bite has been on crankbaits and Carolina or Texas rigged tubes and lizards.  There are also some few Smallmouth mixing in with the largemouth that are feeding on the flats early in the morning.  
 
Some of the productive lures being reported this past week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in chartruese, Pop-R's in black/silver, Rapala Skitter Pops in chartruese and natural shad,  Davis X-wire spinnerbaits in blue glitter, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and splatterback, Fishco crankbaits in grey ghost, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/red, Snoozer's tubes in Road Kill Cammo, smoke/purple, and watermelon burst, Strike King Bitsy Flip jigs in watermelon, and Stanley jigs in black/blue.
 
The Crappie are staging at the mouths of the bays now and are some reports of catches are coming in by vertically fishing minnows and jig/minnow combinations in 15 20 ft of water over wood cover.  Once the water levels settle back down to normal fall levels these fish should become very active.
 
The White Bass have been active with the current being pulled and many jumps are occurring near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken by casting roostertails and small crankbaits into the feeding schools. 
 
The Bluegill are active along rocky creek channel banks and also near docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  

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