Hook Line and Sinker Kentucky Fishing Reports

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October 31, 2003 for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

Fishing is good. Catfishing in the lakes is excellent. The channel catfish are feeding close to the shore, early and late. During the day channels and blues are hitting very good along the deeper creek and the old river channels. Shad gut and leeches are the better baits. Most of
the fish are at 25' to 30' during the day. The blues are running big. Crappie are scattered around 10' to 12' brush. Jigs presented vertical are catching as well as minnows floated over the brush. Sauger are hitting good in the lakes around the dams. Barkley tail waters are also
producing good sauger. Since the river levels are back to normal, good hybrid catches are being taken from both rivers downstream from the dams. Bluegill are good along the deep shores and around the docks. Crickets and small Mepps are catching well. Largemouth are hitting topwater late in the evening. The best fall fishing is just starting. The water temp is 66 degrees. I will be phesant hunting next week and there will not be a report.

October 23/03 for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

Crappie fishing is spotty. Most are still being caught under bobbers with minnows fished over the brush. Most are being caught early and late. Largemouth are in about 4' of water in the bays. The shad are active in the bays and largemouths are chasing them late in the evening.
Lake Barkley seems to be producing better this week. Catfishing for blue cat in Kentucky Lake has been very good. Live yellowtails fished along the main river channel has been producing some good catches. The channel catfish are feeding close to shore along the deep banks. The tail waters of both dams has the better fishing. Sauger and strippers are being
caught below Barkley Dam. Good stripers have also been caught below Kentucky Dam. Sauger are hitting live baits fished off the bottom. Mister Twister Sassy Shad are the better baits for the stripers. Bluegill are active in shallow water.

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