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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/23/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.81  Surface Temperature - 64
Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.55  Surface Temperature - 63
The lakes have been pulled back down to near winter pool levels over the past week and they should stabilize over the next few day.  The Largemouth Bass are being caught in the bays on secondary points and on the flats as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Texas and Carlolina rigged tubes and lizards.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake on primary and secondary pea gravel points and on secondary creek channel points in the bays.  These fish are hitting crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and lizards, and jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Buzzbaits in black or white, Rebel Pop-R in black/chrome, Norman and Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Xwire blue glimmer spinnerbaits, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed/chartruese, Snoozer's tubes in road kill cammo, and Strike King Bitsy Flip jig in watermelon with watermelon/chartruese or rootbeer trailer.
The Crappie are active and are being taken over brush in 6 - 15 ft of water.  Although some days have been slow because of the current being generated to pull the lakes down, there have been some good catches coming to the docks.  These fish are taking small jigs and minnows fished vertically.  
The Bluegill are taking worms fished under bobbers near deep rocky creek channel banks and bluffs. 
The fall bite is getting into full swing and now is the time to get that fall trip in before it gets too cold.  

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.