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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/17/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 356.15  Surface Temperature - 64

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 356.00  Surface Temperature - 64
The lakes are being drawn back down to winter pool after having raised nearly 3 ft from heavy rains last week.  Well below normal temperatures have dropped the water temperatures down to the mid 60's range.  The conditions are such now that the fall fishing should be getting into full swing over the next week unless we have another radical cold front come through the area.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and in the bays on secondary points as well as in the backs of the bays on shallow flats near wood cover.  There is some early morning topwater bite on the points being reported but the primary patterns on the points has been crankbaits and Carolina rigged tubes.  The shallow fish are taking lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jignpig, and Texas rigged tubes.  
The Smallmouth Bass are getting more active and are being taken on crankbaits and Carlolina rigged tubes on main lake primary and secondary points as well as on secondary points in the bays.  Crawfish patterns seem to be working best now on the Smallmouth.  
Some of the lures reported as productive this week are:  Rebel Pop-R in black/chrome, Rapala Skitter Pop in chartruese, Bandit and Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chrome, Snoozer's Road Kill Cammo tubes in road kill cammo, Davis X-wire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and chartruese,  and Strike King bitsy flip jigs in watermelon and green pumpkin with green pumpkin and rootbeer trailers. 
The Crappie have gotten a little more active over the past couple days with most reports of catches coming from the mouths of the bays and along creek channel ledges.  These fish are being taken by fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations at the 12-15 ft levels in 20 -25 ft of water.  Some few reports of crappie now starting to show up near wood cover in 6 -12 ft of water around wood cover.  These shallower fish should start coming in bigger numbers over the next week or so as the schools move in to feed on the schools of shad.  
The White Bass are slowing now but some are still being taken near jumps in the bays and near the mouths of the bays by casting roostertails and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.  Most of the reports of these fish are that they are smaller fish.
The Catfish are being taken near the river channels by fishing large minnows and cut baits on bottom rigs.  These fish are most active when there is current being generated.
The Bluegill are active around docks with wood cover and near rocky points in the bays.  These fish are taking worms fished under bobbers.
Cool water temperatures and cooler days now have set the conditions for hypothermia.  Make sure you have a change of clothes in the boat with you and let someone know where you plan to fish and your return time.  
I have openings in November so if you are planning a fall fishing trip and are considering a guide for tournament preparation, lake familiarization, or just some fun fishing don't hesitate to email me or give me a call.  Some of the best fishing of the year occurs in November and the lakes are much less crowded than during other times of the season.  

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