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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/06/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.44   Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.45  Surface Temperature - 81
 
Both lakes are two and one half feet below summer pool.  The lakes actually went down to three feet below summer pool earlier in the week and then came back up with an influx of water from the remnants of hurricane Isaac.  The lakes are on a slow draw down toward winter pool and should reach three feet below summer pool by the end of the month barring any unforeseen influx of water.  

Be careful when running the lakes now with the water being drawn down.  Use the channel markers for running and if outside of them you should proceed with caution.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 30,000 cfs for the past 24 hours.  Lake Barkley has been generating at an average rate of 8100 cfs around the clock for the past few days.  
 
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 89 with SSW winds at 12 with thunderstorms expected tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.  A cold front is forecast to pass through the area tomorrow night.  Saturday's high is only forecasted for 76 with NNW winds at 17 so plan your fishing trip on Saturday with this wind in mind.  A high on Sunday of 82 with post frontal N wind at 8.  Next week's forecast looks nice with an early fall pattern of high's in the 80's and low's in the 60's.  
 
As I mentioned last week, the Largemouth are in the early stages of transition to fall patterns so the fish are scattered.  We took fish the week from as deep as 40 feet on main lake ledges to 2 feet of water in backs of the creeks and bays.  The most productive pattern for us this week was fishing main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

As is normal this time of year, the creeks and bays will develop at different speeds with the shad and bass moving in so we spent some time monitoring a number of the creeks and bays to see which ones were progressing at a faster pace, meaning more shad and therefore more bass.  We also took fish off the staging ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  

Another pattern which is working is fishing shallow wood and docks in the creeks and bays where the smaller shad have already moved into shallows.  As is normal for this time of the season, one can catch some numbers of fish but the numbers of larger fish to be caught each day is going down.  We are still managing to get our limits without much problem but we are not getting as many 4 lbs plus fish.  

We have already seen total weights going down some in the bass tournaments and I expect this will be even more prevalent as we go further into the fall transition. The bright side is that as the transition progresses, we will see the numbers of fish caught go up as they start schooling more on the shad to feed up for the winter.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays on Carolina rigged small creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on jigs, Texas rigged worms, shaky heads and tube jigs.  

There is a scattered topwater bite on these points on some mornings but it has not developed to full blown pattern as of yet.  Largemouth are also being taken around docks and isolated wood cover in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on jigs, tubes jigs and Texas rigged small creature baits.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as they are schooling on baitfish.  

These fish are being taken on flat sided crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  Largemouth are also being taken on grass beds south of the U.S. 68 bridge on frogs fished over the grass and on spinnerbaits fished on the edges of the grass.  
 
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 finesse jigs and tube jigs.   
 
Some of the productive lures this week: Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer Timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin on Carolina rigs and shaky heads.  D&L football head jigs in "oops"  and Cumberland Craw patterns with Net Baits Kickn B trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw, D&L Advantage jigs in "oops' and Cumberland Craw patterns with Kickn B Jr trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw, Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin.   
 
White Bass:  Whites are being taken along the old river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as minnow rigs. Whites are also being taken by trolling deep diving crankbaits with attached inline spinners and small spoons.  I personally saw a few jumps of white bass on the flats in the creeks and bays this week as smaller whites were schooling on baitfish. We caught some of these while fishing for Largemouth with flat sided crankbaits.   
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel near ledges in 20-30 ft of water with bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp combinations.  Some Catfish are also being taken on bottom rigs with cut baits.  There are channel cats in the creeks and bays feeding of schools of small shad,  I saw a number of folks with catfish jugs taking fish back on the flats in about 6-8 ft of water this week.  We also caught a couple of these channels while bass fishing.  

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