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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/25/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.35  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.40  Surface Temperature - 65
Both lakes are slightly less than 3 feet below summer pool and there has been little fluctuation this week.  Expect the lakes to start a slow drop over the next few days as the TVA starts to bring the lakes back into line with the River Operating Schedule for this time of year before the end of the month.  

Kentucky Dam has been generating an average outflow between 42,000 - 44,000 cfs over the past few days.  This outflow is forecasted to increase to an average of 50,000 tomorrow.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average flow of 16,000.
This week seemed more like summer than fall with sunny days and daytime temperatures in the 80's.  The south wind this week has made the main lakes rough to run except early in the morning and late in the evening when the wind would be more favorable.  The Largemouth fishing for the most part has remained good in the creeks and bays with only one or two slower days when we were under high pressure from the last big frontal passage.  

The water temperatures dropped some but rebounded with the warmer days this week.  We are seeing more schooling fish now as the bass are chasing the shad schools in the creeks and bays feeding up for the oncoming winter.  We are still catching numbers of short fish in the creeks and bays but we have taken a few in the 4-6 lbs range this past week shallow which is a certain indicator that more of the larger shad and bass are starting to move in. 

The better bite times seem to be during the low light conditions early in the morning and then again later in the day when the water warms up and the shad get more active.  Our best pattern has been top water lures early and then spinnerbaits later in the day.  During slow periods we are taking fish on unweighted senko type baits.  We are also taking a few fish on swim baits, lipless crankbaits and square bill crankbaits.  

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 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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