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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/06/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.98   Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 59
 
It has been another cool and wet week here in the lakes area and the lake elevations have been fluctuating between 6 inches over winter pool and 1.5 ft over winter pool about every two days.  The Largemouth Bass are feeding heavily in the bays on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on secondary points, in the cuts, and on the flats within the bays.  They are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Carolina rigged lizards and tubes.  I am finding the best and most consistent bite to be on the spinnerbaits right now.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points and first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged lizards and tubes, and jignpig.   The Smallmouth Bass are not as active yet as they normally are by this time of year but this bite should turn on any day now.  
 
Some of the productive lures being reported this week are:  Chug Bugs in shad patterns, Lucky Craft Sammy in shad patterns, Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Fishco crankbaits in grey ghost, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Zoom lizards in watermelon/chartruese, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst, and Strike King jigs in watermelon with watermelon trailers dipped in chartruese.  
 
The Crappie are being taken in 15-20 ft of water in the 9-12ft range along creek channel ledges with some few reports of fish being taken in brush piles in the 6-8 ft depths.  The deeper fish are being taken on minnows and minnow/jig combinations fished vertically and the shallow fish are being taken by casting small jigs or by fishing with minnows under bobbers tight to the brush.  There are some good reports coming in from south Barkley area by fishing the laydowns along the river and in brush piles in the backwater bays with minnows.  
 
The White Bass are feeding in the bays on the schools of shad and are hitting small crankbaits and roostertails cast into the actively feeding schools.  
 
The Bluegill are active around docks with brush cover and along rocky creek channel banks by fishing worms under bobbers.  The deeper fish seem to be in the 6-8 ft depths along the rocky banks.
 
There is still plenty of time to get in on the fall feeding here and with hunting season now getting into swing the lakes are much less crowded. 

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.