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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/13/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.00  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.05  Surface Temperature - 59
The lakes are at winter pool and the water temperatures are just right for the fall fishing bite.  We are supposed to have some rain tomorrow and Saturday but if the extended forecast remains unchanged next week should bring some great fishing weather with highs in the 60's beginning on Sunday.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the bays on secondary points and on the shallow flats as they are feeding on schools of shad.  A lot of reports of schooling bass have been received this week.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft jerkbaits, swim baits, and Texas rigged tubes.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays as well as some reports of Smallmouth being taken shallow in the bays as they are feeding on the schools of shad.  The deeper fish are being taken on crankbaits, 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 in shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Rattletraps in blue/chrome and rootbeer, Zoom super flukes in shad patterns, Optimum swim baits in shad patterns, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, amber/red, smoke purple/chartruese and Snoozer tubes in smoke purple.  
The Crappie are being taken in 8-12 ft of water over deep brush piles as well as some reports of Crappie being taken shallow near wood cover.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertical fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  The shallow fish are being taken by fishing small jigs or minnows under bobbers.  
The Catfish are still active along the old river channels and are being taken on cut baits and leeches fished on bottom rigs in 20-30 ft of water.  

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.