Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/23/2014
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.63 Surface Temperature - 67 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70 Surface Temperature - 67 Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam generated an average of 74,000 cfs over the past 24 hours. Barkley Dam generated an average of 26,400 cfs over the past 24 hours. With the lake levels down, everyone needs to be cautious when navigating the lakes. Use the navigation channels unless you know exactly where you are and if you are not sure, idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water. I wish I could say the slow bite we have been experiencing has changed this past week but it has not. Colder nights over the past few days has dropped the water temperatures 3 degrees since last week but we are still running about 4-5 degrees above normal for this time in October. Take that coupled with the fact we have had dropping water levels all week has kept the fall transition bite tougher than it would normally be at this time. An example of the tougher bite would be the results of the FLW BFL Regional held this past weekend. It only took an average of 13 lbs a day for the winner to take home a new Chevy Truck and Ranger Boat. There were a lot of zero's and one fish bags in the tournament as were there in some other tournaments here last weekend. I will however say that my clients have managed at least a 5 fish limit of keeper sized and larger bass every day except one over the past week but we are catching more small bass than keepers. We are still concentrating our efforts in the creeks and bays where the fish are feeding on the schools of small threadfin that transitioned shallow a couple of weeks ago. As the water temperatures continue to drop over the next week or so and now that the lakes have leveled off, we should start seeing more larger shad and larger fish moving into the creeks and bays to feed up for the coming winter. A warming trend is in the forecast for the weekend with Friday's forecast showing a high of 73 and low of 50 with wind W6. Saturday is showing a high of 80 and low of 50 with wind WSW8. Sunday's forecast is for a high of 76 and low of 55 with wind E5. This warmer weather is forecasted to continue through next Monday and Tuesday with the approach of our next fall cold front. Keep an eye on the wind forecasts for Monday and Tuesday as right now they are indicating some high southerly winds. The temperatures are forecasted to drop back into the 60's during the day and 40's during the night after frontal passage next week. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lakes and in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays as well as on main lake points and on secondary channel points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. There is some early and late topwater bite on the points but it is scattered. The ledge bite is scattered as the shad and fish are moving around a lot and it is hit and miss. The ledge fish and the fish on the points are more consistent using slow techniques with smaller lures on Carolina rigs, shakey heads and jigs but some of the fall transitioning fish are starting to school on main lake points and it is opportunity fishing and not consistent but there are reports of these traveling schools and when you find them you can get well quick with a crankbait. Some bass are also being taken early and late on main lake flats near stumps on topwater lures, slow rolled spinnerbaits and square billed crankbaits. We are taking some shallow topwater bass in the backs of the creeks and bays early in the morning and late evening on walking baits and splash baits. We are taking bass on lead in channel banks and on staging points in the creeks and bays after sunrise and during the day on finesse jigs, shaky heads, and light Carolina rigs with creature baits. Some bass are also being taken during late morning and during the day on flats in the creeks and bays where they are chasing schools of small shad. These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits and slow rolled square billed crankbaits. The fish are scattered there but can be taken with patience. SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on the primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken. We are getting most of these fish on jigs and shakey heads. We have also taken some nice Smallmouth early in the morning on topwater lures on shallow flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays. Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Strike King Splash baits in shad patterns and Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Bag5 custom painted lipless and square billed crankbaits in blue glimmer pattern, Strike King Red Eye Shad in blue/chrome, sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake on Carolina rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns on the ledges and the baby advantage jigs in the same patterns on the points and channel banks in the creeks and bays, Chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin blue and green pumpkin on Slong's shakey heads as well as Yum Dingers and Yamamoto Senkos in green pumpkin. CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken on staging brush piles on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water by vertical jigging with small curly tail jigs tipped with minnows. There are some reports of some Crappie being taken in the creeks and bays over brush piles in 8 - 10 ft of water off secondary channel points being taken in the same manner. The Crappie fishing reports I received this week is that the bite was slow with the dropping water levels. White Bass: White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and on creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays with inline spinners, blade baits and small spoons as well as by trolling with small spinners behind deep diving crankbaits. The better bite is reported with the vertical fishing and the White Bass bite is reported as good right now. Catfish: Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits with best bite during the current draw periods.
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