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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/18/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam:  356.30  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam:  356.45  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are slightly less than 3 feet below summer pool with little fluctuation this week.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at rates between 35,000 -40,000 cfs over the past few days.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 16,600 cfs over the past few days.  
This past week, the weather has been a mixture of nice days and days with near gale force winds.  Three of the past 5 days has seen the wind sustained around 20 mph with gusts to as high as 30-35 mph.  We had another front pass through the lakes area last night.  

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 57 with West wind at 17 sustained.  The weekend is looking very good for anglers with a high on Saturday of 65 and low of 47 with West wind at 8.  Sunday is forecasted to have a high of 77 and low of 59 with South wind at 9.  Looks like a great weekend to be on the water for some great fall fishing.  

The weather forecast early next week looks good also with day time highs around 80 and night time lows in the mid 50's with sunny skies and South quadrant winds around 10 mph.  Of course weather forecasts can change and do so frequently this time of year so make sure you check the latest weather and wind forecasts before venturing on the lakes.  
As I mentioned in last week's report, we are concentrating our efforts in the creeks and bays now.  More shad have moved in this week and more bass have followed them in.  We are starting to see a lot more schooling fish in the creeks and bays also now.  Our primary approach is to go very shallow with topwater lures early in the morning and go with spinnerbaits, swim baits and lipless crankbaits later in the morning and during the afternoon. 

During slow bite periods we are fishing senko type baits just off the grass beds or around docks and wood on the north end of Kentucky Lake and on Lake Barkley.  We of course are keeping the topwater lures handy in the event we get a surfacing school of bass breaking.  On Barkley and the north end of Kentucky Lake, we concentrate our efforts after the early topwater bite by fishing the schools of shad on the in the back halves of the bays.  

South of the U.S. 68 bridge on Kentucky Lake we focus on the grass beds and submerged grass where the shad and bass are actively feeding.  Overall, the bite has been good since last Saturday on the days we could get on the water without the gale force winds.  I am still getting reports of bass being taken on some of the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays but the reports indicate the ledge bite is spotty.  Some bass are also being taken on gravel secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays, but again, this pattern is reported as spotty.  
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:  Some nice Bluegills are reportedly being taken by the Crappie anglers fishing submerged brush and stake beds in the 9-12 ft range.  These anglers are also reporting taking Yellow Bass in these areas.  

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