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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/04/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.61  Surface Temperature:  52

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.50  Surface Temperature:  52
 
Warm south winds and warm rain over the past few days have resulted in a rapid climb in the surface temperatures of both lakes.  More wind and rain is expected tonight and high winds so I expect that the water temperatures may climb a little more.  The accompanying cold front is supposed to pass thru the area tomorrow bringing more seasonal temperatures for the weekend with highs forecasted in the 50's.
 
The Largemouth Bass are still not being taken in large numbers yet but this should change very soon.  I have had a couple of days of two or three good fish and some few short fish and have received like reports from others that have been out after the bass.  The better largemouth numbers so far are being taken on main lake points or on flats adjacent to deeper water with some occasional single good fish being taken on the flats in the bays near wood cover.  

This is an indication that most of the  Largemouth are staging to move into the bays.  All the bays I have been in this week have ample gizzard and threadfin shad already in.  Suspending jerkbaits, medium running crankbaits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig have been productive this past week.
 
The Smallmouth Bass like the Largemouth Bass are still not being taken in numbers yet but some reports of a few fish have been received over the past few days.  These reports indicate that the Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake pea gravel points on the east side of Ky Lake.  Suspending jerkbaits and medium running crankbaits are reported to be the lures of choice.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointer in chartruese and american shad, Rapala Husky jerk in blue/chrome/orange and clown, Rapala shadrap in original crawdad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese,  Rattletraps in blue/chrome and red/black, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white and blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass tubes in camillion craw.
 
The Crappie are being taken near the mouths of the bays and also along old creek channels on the main lake.  These fish are being taken in 8-15 ft of water over brush piles and deep stake beds by spider rigging small jigs and small minnows.  With the rise in water temperatures there should be some reports soon of some shallow Black Crappie being taken in the bays.  
 
Be careful on the water with the levels at or near winter pool still.  Do not let these unseasonably warm days make you drop your guard against hypothermia...these conditions still exist with the water temperatures and you should keep some extra dry clothes with you as well as a survival kit when venturing on the big lakes.  

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