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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/11/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.71   Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.70  Surface Temperature - 80
Early fall weather is in the air here in the lakes area.  We have had cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures this past week.  The cooler nights has dropped the water temperature about 5 degrees over the past week and this in turn has moved more shad into the bays.  

Although the shad in most of the bays north of the U.S. 68 bridges are still somewhat scattered, the shad in the bays south of the U.S. 68 bridges are balling up in tight schools for protection from the predator fish that are moving in to feed on them.  The shad north of the bridges should be doing likewise any day now as the larger predator fish start moving in to feed.  
The Largemouth Bass are still being taken on the main lake river and creek channel ledges and humps on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged worms, creature baits, and tubes as well as jignpig.  More Largemouth are showing up on the main lake points now as well as on the creek channel ledges and humps inside the bays which indicates that the Largemouth are starting their fall transition to the bays in numbers.  

Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the bays early and late as they feed on the schooling shad, this is especially true in the bays with grass beds south of the U.S. 68 bridges.  These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, shallow running and lipless crankbaits, and Texas rigged worms and tubes.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake river ledges and humps as well as on rocky main lake primary and secondary points.  These fish are being taken early on the points using topwater lures, crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  The deeper ledge fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes, and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in chartruese,  Lunker buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT 16 crankbaits in black/silver and bluegill, Norman DD14 crankbaits in blue/chartruese, Lee Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Norman Deep Little N crankbaits in rootbeer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass sinking worm in green pumpkin/orange, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin/brown and amber/red, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst.
The White Bass are active on the main lake flats and on main lake points as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools of fish on the flats and by trolling inline spinners and small spoons on a leader behind deep running crankbaits near the main lake points.  
Some Crappie are being taken over brush and stumps along old creek channels on the main lake in the 12-15 ft depths by vertically fishing with small minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  Some Crappie are also being taken near the mouths of the bays over brush using like methods.  This is an indication that some Crappie are starting to migrate toward the bays.  
The Bluegill are very active on rocky main lake points and rocky secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken in the 6-10 ft range by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and also worms fished on bottom using split shot rigs.  

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