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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

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

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Kentucky Dam - 354.85  Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.95  Surface Temperature - 70
 
As is normal during the transition of the fish from summer to fall patterns the fishing has been spotty and scattered this past week.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are still being taken on the main lake and creek channel ledges as well as in the bays feeding on schools of shad.  Most of the fish being taken in the bays are being taken near wood cover in shallow water with some few schools of bass being reportedly showing up randomly about the lakes.  

The ledge fish are being taken during periods when current is present with deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits jignpig.  The shallow fish in the bays are being taken on topwater lures, shallow running and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  
 
The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake rocky points and on main river ledges as well as some fish being reportedly taken shallow in the bays feeding on the schools of shad.  The deeper fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late, crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in chartruese and american shad, Yozuri popping baits in chartruese and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and blue/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in blue/chartruese and rootbeer, Lee Sisson slim willie d crankbaits in grey ghost and american shad, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.  
 
The Crappie are moving into the bays and are being taken along the creek channel ledges over wood cover in 12-15' of water with some reports of shallow crappie being taken near brush piles in 6-8' of water.  These fish are being taken by both vertically fishing with minnows and by fishing with minnows and minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.
 
The White Bass are being taken primarily at the mouths of the bays by vertically jigging small spoons and inline spinners.  Some fish are being taken on the flats as they are feeding on schools of shad by casting inline spinners and small spoons near the feeding fish.  
 
Normally the tough period of transition fishing will last about two or three weeks and then the fish will settle down and start feeding more readily as they get established on fall patterns.  This should be in the offering within the next couple of weeks.  

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