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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/31/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.45   Surface Temperature - 62
Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.30  Surface Temperature - 61
 
The below seasonal temperatures and north winds this week have brought the water temperatures down to the low 60's and the lakes have stabilized at about one foot over winter pool.  The Largemouth Bass are feeding heavily on schools of shad in the bays.  These fish are being taken on secondary points, cuts, and on the flats in the bays.  More numbers of larger fish are being caught in the bays this week which is an indication that many of the larger fish have transitioned from the main lake into the bays for the fall feeding.  These fish are being taken on secondary points, in cuts, and on the flats as they feed on the schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Carolina rigged tubes and lizards.  
 
The Smallmouth are not as active yet as the Largemouth but some are being taken on the main lake points and main lake secondary pea gravel points with some few being taken mixed in with the feeding Largemouth in the bays.  The Smallmouth on the main lake are being taken on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged tubes and lizards.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in shad colors, Pop R in black/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Fishco crankbaits in grey ghost, Davis Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lucky Craft pointer in American shad, Snoozer tubes in roadkill cammo and watermelon burst, and Zoom lizards in watermelon/chartruese.
 
The Crappie are active in the bays now with catches coming in along the creek channels and over brush piles in 6 -12 ft of water with some reports of crappie being caught off docks with brush cover.  These fish are being taken by casting small jigs around the cover and by fishing vertically with minnows and minnow/jig combinations.
 
The White Bass are feeding in the bays on schools of shad and are being taken on small crankbaits, white roostertails, and white roadrunners.  
 
Bluegill are being taken around docks with brush cover and along rocky banks using worms fished under bobbers.  
 
The fall Largemouth Bass feed is in full swing now and the fall Smallmouth should be getting better any day.  The Crappie are now on the fall feed in the bays also.  Now is the time to get on the water and enjoy the fall fishing. 

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.