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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/16/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.67   Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 69
This past week cold fronts have continued to transverse the lakes area every 48 - 72 hours.  These numerous cold fronts over the past three weeks combined with the transitioning of the fish from summer to fall patterns has made the fishing spotty and has kept the anglers guessing as to what pattern will be working each day.  

Overall the fishing has been slow with some few reports of bass anglers running into a few schools of hungry bass and having a little better bite for short periods.  Hopefully the weather patterns will stabilize soon and the water temperatures will drop a few more degrees and the fish will go on full fall feeding patterns.
The Largemouth Bass are still being taken on main lake humps and ledges as well as flats on the main lake near wood cover and in the bays where some fish have moved in to feed on the schools of threadfin shad.  The deeper ledge fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits and Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  

The fish on the main lake flats are being taken early on topwater and spinnerbaits near stumps.  The fish in the bays are being taken on topwater early in the day and on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes near wood cover.  Some schooling bass are being reported but these reports are few and scattered with many of the schooling fish being reported as small.    
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points near the mouths of the bays as well as on main lake ledges.  These fish on the points are being taken on topwater early, crankbaits,  and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  The ledge fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits and Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits.  Some few Smallmouth are being taken on the shallow flats in the bays feeding on the schools of shad.  These are mostly single fish but a few good ones have been reported.  These shallow bronzebacks are being caught on topwater early, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in Lemon Shad and American Shad, buzzbaits in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Lee Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost and Tennessee shad, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst.   
The Crappie are being taken near the mouths of the bays and along the creek channel ledges over wood cover in 12 -15 ft of water.  Some Crappie are being reported to being caught in 6-10 ft of water in the bays over brush piles.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with minnows and minnow/jig combinations over the deeper fish and minnows under bobbers over the shallower fish.  
The White Bass are near the mouths of the bays with some being reported on the flats in the bays feeding on the threadfin shad schools.  These fish are being taken by trolling with small spoons and inline spinners behind medium running crankbaits.  Some few jumps have been reported but these appear to be small fish.  
The transition of the fish to the full blown fall feeding patterns appears to be a little behind this year but this has been the story all season as it seems that most seasonal patterns have been a little late in developing this year.  We should see these conditions change within the next week or two and fishing should pick up appreciably.  

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