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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/11/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.39  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.35  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are slightly less than 3 feet below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of around 35,000 - 38,000 cfs around the clock over the past few days.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 16,600 cfs around the clock for the past few days.  
My apologies to everyone for not letting you know in my last report that I would not be writing a report last week.  I was out of town most of last week attending my annual get together with my ol military buddies and friends which we have been doing for the past 25 years.  Thanks to all those that contacted me to see if me and my family was ok.  
This week has been a mixture of prefrontal and post frontal weather with two cold fronts having passed through the area during the last week.  Another cold front will be passing through the area tonight but this front will not be as harsh as two previous fronts we had earlier in the week.  

The two previous frontal passages brought a couple of very cold mornings with north winds. The weather forecast for tomorrow is post frontal with a high of 69 and ENE winds at 9 with a showers expected during the morning.  The forecast for Saturday is a warm up with a high of 83  and low of 69.  Strong South winds at 18 are forecasted for Saturday so boaters take heed.  Sunday's forecast is for a 50% chance of thunderstorms with a high of 77 and WSW winds at 15.  

The water temperatures have dropped 8 degrees in the past two weeks.  This drop in water temperature has moved more shad and bass into the creeks and bays to feed up for winter.  We still have plenty of shad and bass yet to come in but there are more than enough fish in the creeks and bays now to catch numbers although there are not a lot of big fish being taken.  

As I mentioned in my previous two reports, most of tournaments are being won with around 16lbs as is normal for this time of year.  The Renegade Classic was won last Saturday with 16.82 lbs on 5 fish.  This was a team classic.  Today the Walmart BFL Regional is being led after Day 1 with 16lbs 12 oz.  This is a pro-am format tournament.  

My clients and I are spending our time in the creeks and bays now with early topwater patterns and then working the shad schools on the north end with spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and swim baits.  If we are south of the 68 bridge we are again on topwater lures early and then working the edges of the grass beds with spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and senko type lures during the day.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken in the creeks and bays on topwater lures early and spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and swim baits later in the day.  There are still Largemouth on the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays although the ledges are spotty with the fish moving quite a bit.  The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on gravel banks and points with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first few secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on jigs and tube jigs.  We have been taking some Smallmouth on the flats in the creeks and bays on early morning topwater lures near grass beds.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Gunfish and Sammy's in ghost pearl lemon and aurora black.  Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Big Hammer swim bait in sexy smelt, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw, Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin/black fleck and Charmer tubes in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 9-12 ft of water in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with minnows, tube jigs and with tube jig/minnow combinations.  
Catfish:  Catfish are reportedly being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water using cut baits on bottom rigs.  I have not seen many folks in the creeks and bays fishing for the Catfish but we are catching quite a few of them while bass fishing on the flats around schools of shad.
Bluegills:  I did not get any reports on the Bluegills this week.

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