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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/02/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Kentucky Dam - 355.18  Surface Temperature - 70

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.15  Surface Temperature - 70
More cold fronts and more cold fronts has been the agenda over the past week.  Seems we are getting a cold front moving thru the lakes area about every 48-72 hours.  The water temperatures are dropping with the north winds and cold nights we are having associated with the frontal passages.  These changing conditions has kept the anglers busy going from one pattern to another to try to stay on fish.  
The Largemouth Bass are in full transition now from summer to fall patterns.  Largemouth are still being taken on the ledges and humps but a number of fish are now in the bays feeding on the schools of threadfin shad.  The deeper fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, and jignpig.  

The fish in the bays are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, sinking worms, and soft jerkbaits.  The topwater bite has been the most consistant bite this week even on post cold front mornings with buzzbaits working best on Barkley and stickbaits and popping baits working best on Kentucky Lake.  Some schooling Largemouth are showing up in the bays but not on a consistant basis as of yet.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on ledges and main lake primary and secondary points as well as shallow in the bays early and late.  The deeper fish are being taken on Texas and Carolina rigged tubes, crankbaits, and jignpig.   The early and late shallow feeding fish are being taken on stick baits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in chartruese and american shad, Lucky Craft splash baits in chartruese and shad patterns, Lunker buzzbaits in white and chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, Lee Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and blue/chartruese, Rapala shadraps in black/silver, Zoom Super Flukes in white and shad,  Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and black/blue.  
The Crappie are being taken at the mouths of the bays and along creek channel ledges in 12-15 ft of water over wood cover.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  Some few reports of Crappie being taken shallow in 6-8 ft of water near brush piles have come in also but most of the shallow fish are being reported as small.  
There have been some reports of Catfish being taken in the bays near rocky secondary points and on the flats as they are feeding on the schools of shad. 

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Photo by Brandon Hunter

Nathan Long holds up two nice bass while fishing with guide Brandon Hunter recently on Kentucky Lake.