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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/23/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.63  Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 68
Cold fronts continue to roll thru the lakes area about every two or three days.  This is causing the water temperatures to drop one day and rise the next.  These fluctuating temperatures seem to have the bass and crappie froze in transition from summer to fall patterns and the bite still remains scattered and slow.  Hopefully we will see the water temperatures drop a few more degrees and stay there for a while, this should get the fish moving and in a more active mood.
The Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and humps as well as in the bays in shallow water near wood cover.  The best bite continues to be topwater early and late near wood cover in shallow water in the bays.  The ledge and hump fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  The fish in the bays are being taken early and late on buzzbaits and stick baits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, medium and shallow running crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  Some reports of schooling fish have been received but the schooling fish have not yet become a consistent pattern.  
The Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake ledges and humps and on main lake points as well as the first secondary points in the bays.  Some few reports of schools of Smallmouth moving shallow early and late have been received but like the Largemouth these fish do not seem to be very consistent yet.  
Some the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad and American shad, buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Lee Sisson Slim Willy D crankbaits in grey ghost and Tennessee shad, Rattletraps in blue/chrome,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, and Hook Some Bass tubes in crawfish. 
The Crappie are being taken on minnows and minnow/jig combinations fished vertically over wood cover in 12-15 ft of water as well as by fishing minnows under bobbers around wood cover in 6-10 ft of water.  
It is reported that the Catfish are active along the main river channels but drift fishing with live threadfin shad on the bottom.  
Some White Bass are being taken in the bays on the flats as they are feeding on the schools of threadfin shad.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons near the feeding fish.

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Eagle's Nest
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