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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/01/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.56  Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.60  Surface Temperature - 55
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 33,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 19,000 cfs this afternoon.  
This week kicks off my 22nd season as a full time bass guide here on the big lakes.  I am looking forward to a new season on the water with all my great clients.  Thanks to all the folks that kept me busy this winter so many of my Eliminating Water Classes.  I will now be resuming my weekly fishing reports since I am back on the water and will have good first hand information on the fishing.  
Current Conditions:  As most of you know, we have had a very mild winter here and the water temperatures have remained relatively high.  This has kept the fish feeding all winter and a lot of folks have had one of the best winter seasons here in a long time.  The current water temperatures are about 5-7 degrees above normal for the first week in March and we are seeing a number of early prespawn patterns on the lakes.  Bass are being taken on main lake ledges, main lake channel points and banks as well as on creek channel points and banks in the creeks and bays.  Some fish are also cruising the shallow flats on the main lake and also back shallow in the creeks and bays on warmer days.  
The forecast for tomorrow is for a 90% chance of severe storms early with a high of 66 and wind W at 20 plus, Thursday is calling for a morning low of 36/ high of 55 with wind W at 9.  Friday is calling for a morning low of 32/ high of 50 with wind N at 7.  Saturday is calling for a morning low of 34/high of 64 with wind SSW at 10.  Sunday is calling for a high of 46/high of 65 with wind SSW at 11.  Be sure to check the latest wind and weather forecast before venturing on the water as the weather forecasts can change rapidly this time of year.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake ledges on Alabama rigs and jigs.  Largemouth are being taken on main lake channel points and banks on Alabama rigs, medium running crank baits, suspending jerk baits, shakey heads and jigs.  Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits,  medium running crank baits, jigs and shakey heads.  Some fish are being taken on shallow main lake flats and on flats in the backs of the creeks and bays on warm days on lipless crank baits and shallow running crank baits.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake ledges on Alabama rigs and jigs.  Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake channel points and banks on Alabama rigs, medium running crank baits, suspending jerk baits, tube jigs and jigs.  The numbers are low but some nice fish have been taken.  
Productive Lures:  Some of the productive lures reported this week are Picasso Bait Ball  Alabama rigs with Kitech swim baits in pearl blue and white as well as Big Hammer swim baits in pearl white.  Rapala shadraps in demon and red craw, Rapala shad raps in demon, red craw and original crawdad.  Megabass suspending jerk baits in Ito Watsugi, Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu and aurora black.  D&L jigs in "oops" and cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in cumberland craw, Charmer shakey head jigs and Slong's shakey head jigs with Charmer shakey head worms in green pumpkin and Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin/purple, Strike King red eye shad lipless crank baits in red craw and chrome sexy shad.  Spro Little John shallow crank baits in spring craw and chartreuse with black back.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with jigs tipped with minnows and Crappie nibles over staging brush piles and deep stake beds in the front halves of the creeks and bays in 12-15 ft of water and also the 8-10 ft range.  Some Crappie are being taken on warm days by casting curly tail jigs to the banks near brush piles and fishing with minnows under bobbers in 4-6 ft of water.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.