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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/01/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.98  Surface Temperature – 74

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.10  Surface Temperature – 74
Both lakes are 4 feet below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 54,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 14,600 cfs this afternoon. 
I will not be publishing a report next week as I will be attending my annual get together with all my old military buddies and friends during the week.
General Conditions:  A nasty cold front passed through the lakes area on Tuesday bringing with it some rain and scattered storms followed by a dip in the air temperatures and some nasty north winds the past couple of days. 

These north winds and cooler temperatures are forecast to be with us through the weekend.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 66/ low of 50 with wind NNE13.  Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of only 60/low of 51 with wind NNE14.  Sunday’s forecast is calling for a warmer high of 70/low of 55 and wind NNE10.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing high’s in the upper 70’s, low’s in the mid 50’s with NE and E quadrant wind.
The scattered bite reported in last week’s report continues to be the scenario on the bass with fish being taken from the main lake to the backs of the creeks and bays.  I expect this pattern will continue for the next 2-3 weeks as the fish are transitioning into the fall feeding areas.  These cooler nights will help drop the water temperatures more and one can expect more fish to be moving into the creeks and bays as this occurs.  
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, shaky heads and drop shot rigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake using the same techniques as mentioned above. One can also catch fish on secondary points and on the flats in the creeks and bays where some bass are feeding on schools of baitfish. 

These fish are being taken on medium running crank baits, lipless crank baits, spinner baits, finesse jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken around grass beds in the creeks and bays south of Blood River early in the morning on top water lures and senko type baits. Overall the fish are scattered and bite is slow.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. The bite on these fish during the day is slow. 
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer, Bag 5 square bill crank baits in blue glimmer, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted Red Eye Shad lipless crank baits in blue glimmer, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs , Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in bama bug and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in, mustang (blue craw), possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern and Cumberland Craw, Slong's shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy and bama bug as well as Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and sunken stake beds on the main lake flats in 8-15 feet of water as well as over brush piles and sunken stake beds in the creeks and bays in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging with small jigs and minnows.  The numbers of keeper fish are not great but there some action being reported on these staging fall fish.
White Bass: Whites are being taken by vertically fishing inline spinners, blade baits and small spoons over schools of deeper on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. Schools of smaller Whites and Yellow Bass are starting to show up on the flats in the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools of small baitfish. These fish can be taken on inline spinners and blade baits. 
Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits, night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails.  Some catfish are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays now as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.