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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/31/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.87  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley: Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.0  Surface Temperature - 64
Cold fronts continue to roll through the lakes area about every two or three days but at least the water temperatures have dropped into the mid 60's and have stayed there for three days now.  Hopefully this drop in the water temperatures will turn the fish on.  Over the past week the fishing has been slow except for Catfish which are being taken in numbers.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on humps and ledges as well as on secondary points and on the flats near wood cover.  The deeper fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and small creature baits.  The shallower fish are being taken on top water lures, spinnerbaits, medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes fished near wood cover.  Some few reports of schooling fish have been received but still not as many as one would expect for this time of year.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes and small creature baits.  Some early morning and late evening topwater is being reported on the Smallmouth near secondary rocky points and some near wood cover in shallow water.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in shad patterns, ChatterBuzz buzzbaits in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and blueglimmer/chartruese, Lucky Craft pointer in American shad, Hook Some Bass tubes in amber/red and green pumpkin/brown, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Lee Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost, Hook Some bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst.  
The Crappie are being taken in 7-12 ft of water over wood cover in the bays and on the main lake creek channel ledges.  These fish are being taken on vertically fished minnow/jig combinations and minnows under bobbers.  
The Catfish are very active with good catches of Channels and Blues being reported.  These fish are being taken near the river channels by bottom fishing with cut shad and leeches.  
Unless the water temperatures warm up again considerably we should see a definite improvement in the bass and crappie fishing within the next week.  

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Eagle's Nest
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