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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/06/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.37  Surface Temperature - 64

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.30  Surface Temperature - 64
Fishing has started to pick up as the water temperatures are dropping.  This weekend will see some cooler temperatures with daytime highs in the 50's but the weather is forecasted to be in the 60's next week so it should be a great week to get on the water and get in some fall fishing.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken near wood cover on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, medium running and lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and soft jerkbaits.  Numerous reports of schooling bass are being received and these fish are being taken on the flats in the backs of the bays and coves.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary points and secondary points in the bays as well as some reports of Smallmouth being taken shallow in the bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  The fish on the points are being taken on medium and deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on the same lures as the shallow Largemouth.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy and Zara Spook in shad patterns, Chatter Buzz buzzbaits in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and blue glimmer/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Lee Sisson crankbaits in grey ghost and sunshine crawfish, Zoom super flukes in white and shad patterns, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, and Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, watermelon burst, and smoke/purple.  
The Crappie are being taken in 8-12 ft of water over wood cover in the bays by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  Some shallow Crappie are being taken near wood cover using minnows fished under bobbers.
The Catfish are active near the river channels in 20-30 ft of water using cut baits and leeches fished on bottom rigs.  Some good reports of blue catfish have been received over the past few days.
The water temperatures are dropping as are the outside air temperatures.  You should check your boat to ensure you have the proper survival gear in case you get wet and/or stranded on the lakes.  Hypothermic conditions should now be a part of your trip planning.  

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