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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/17/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.68   Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.55  Surface Temperature - 57
 
We have had another week of mixed weather with storms, high winds, and fluctuating water levels.  The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of shad.  There are a lot of reports of the Largemouth schooling on these fish and when you find the feeding schools the bite is fast and furious as well as just a lot of plain ol fun.  These fish are being taken on topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jignpig.  Look for these fish in the cuts, on the flats, and on the secondary points in the bays.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass still have not been nearly as active as they should be for this time of year, possibly due to all the water levels fluctuating and inconsistent weather patterns.  Some fish are being taken on the main lake secondary and primary points and on the first secondary points in the bays.  Some single fish are also being taken as they are mixing in with the Largemouth that are feeding in the shallow waters.  The Smallmouth on the main lake are being taken on suspending jerk baits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged lizards and tubes.  
 
Some of the productive lures this week have been:  Pop-R in black/chrome, Lucky Craft Sammy in American Shad, Lucky Craft Pointer in American Shad, Buzzbaits in white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer,  Fishco crankbaits in  grey ghost, Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Stike King bitsy flip jigs in watermelon with watermelon/chartruese trailer, Snoozer tubes in watermelon burst, and Zoom lizards in watermelon/chartruese.
 
The Crappie on Kentucky Lake have been slow this week with heavy current being pulled, some catches are being reported in the 10-12ft range in 15-20 ft of water over wood cover along the creek channel ledges. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  There are some good reports of Crappie being taken on mid and south Barkley by fishing small jigs and minnows under bobbers around wood cover in the bays in the 4-6 ft depths.  
 
There have been a few reports of Sauger now being taken in the canal at the 30 ft depths using one ounce white curly tail jigs tipped with minnows.  
 
The Bluegill are very active around docks with brush cover and along rocky creek channel banks with wood cover.  These fish are taking worms fished under bobbers.
 
The water temperatures and outside air temperatures are in the zone for hyperthermic conditions.  You should always let someone know where you are going to fish and when you expect to return.  You should also take with you extra clothing and a survival kit in the event you get stranded or have an accident.  
 
I have openings left this month and the fall bite is still on especially on the Largemouth Bass.  If you are in need of a guide for tournament preparation, lake familiarization, technique instruction, or just some fun fishing don't hesitate to email me or give me a call.  

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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.