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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/20/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.96  Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.95  Surface Temperature - 55
We have had cold fronts coming thru the area about every 3 days over the past two weeks.  This has made for some very good fishing days and some very slow days.  The water levels finally stabilized a few days ago from all the up and down levels caused by the pumping flood waters through the lakes from upstream.  This stabilizing of the water has definitely improved the fishing.  Storms and high winds came thru the lakes area today ahead of the latest cold front which will pass thru the area tonight.  Next week's forecast looks pretty good except for a cool down in the first part of the week due to this latest cold front.
The Largemouth Bass are very active and good catches are being reported.  These fish are being taken on main lake primary points and the first secondary points in the bays as well as in shallow water near wood cover.  The fish being taken on the points are being caught of suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  The shallower fish are being taken on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  The shallow water bite really improved toward the end of this past week after the water levels stabilized.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points, both pea gravel and rock.  Some reports of nice fish have been received but I have still not had any reports of good numbers of these fish.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits as well as Texas rigged tubes and tubes fished on jigheads.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Smithwick Rouges in clown, purple/chartruese and black/chrome/orange Rapala Husky in black/chrome and chrome/blue/orange, Rapala DT 10 in black/silver, Bandit Crankbaits in crawfish patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass tubes in orange/red and camillion craw.  
The Crappie fishing has been a little tough with the fluctuating water levels but like the bass the fishing picked up as the water stabilized toward the end of the week.  Crappie are reportedly being taken over brush piles in the bays in 8-12 ft of water. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.  Some few reports of shallow Crappie being taken by casting the banks with small spinners and jigs have been received but this number should increase soon as the water temperatures are rising and we have more stable water conditions. 
I have received reports of numbers of rockfish and hybrid bass being taken on points near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on sassy shads and suspending jerkbaits.   I had the same experience one day this past week with some clients as we were fishing for bass with suspending jerkbaits on main lake points...my clients caught quite a few of the rockfish on suspending jerkbaits in natural shad patterns.

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