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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/10/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.72  Surface Temperature - 56
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.75  Surface Temperature - 56
 
Both lakes are almost one foot above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 62,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 50,200 cfs this morning. 
 
General Conditions:  Typical of March, the weather has been up and down this past week with two major fronts having traversed the area.  Both fronts were preceded by nice warm days followed by some colder weather after frontal passages.  The second of these fronts passed through the lakes area last night.  We had a beautiful day yesterday with temperatures reaching into the 70's and this morning we have heavy coat weather with temperatures in the 30's.  

Fishing success this past week has reflected these ups and downs with some days being productive and some days somewhat tougher.  Patterns have remained about the same as last week with bass being taken from the main lake shallow ledges and points to the shallows.  The deeper bite has been more consistent but some nice fish have been taken shallow in the creeks and bays and on shallow main lake flats near deeper water.  
 
Looks like winter is back for the near future with Saturday's forecast showing a high of 39/ morning low of 30 with some rain turning to snow during the afternoon and evening.  The wind forecast for Saturday is NNE 10.  Sunday is showing a high of 45/morning low of 25 with wind NE 6.  The extended forecast into mid next week is for daytime high's in the mid 40's/morning low's in the 30's with north quadrant winds.  Make sure you check the latest weather and wind forecasts before you venture on the water.  The forecast 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 and Lewis rattletrap lipless crank baits in crawfish patterns. 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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