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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/25/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.58   Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.80  Surface Temperature - 54
 
The severe cold front that passed thru the area last Sunday really slowed the fishing down with below freezing temperatures in the morning and high winds.  The water temperatures dropped nearly 4 degrees but have been recovering the past two days with warm days and high winds.  

Today the water temperatures came back to the same temperatures as were present before the frontal passage.  Fishing should improve over the next few days with the warm weather forecast although the south winds forecast may make fishing some areas a little difficult.
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits but the better bite has been on flats near deep water with rattletraps and spinnerbaits as well as on shallow flats in the bays near wood cover on rattletraps.  With the water warming fast expect the deeper fish to start moving into the bays and numbers should start to be taken on creek channel secondary points very soon.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass have still not been biting in large numbers on either lake.  Some good single or two fish bags are coming in but I have received no reports of anyone catching numbers of Smallmouth.  The reports I have received indicate that the Smallmouth are still being taken on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  The wind over the past few days has just about totally prohibited fishing the main lake points except late in the evening when the wind has died down.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Pointer in clown, Smithwick Suspending Rogue in purple/chartruese, Lee Sisson Slim Willie D crankbaits in sunshine craw, Rattletraps in blue/chrome and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass tubes in camillion craw.
 
The Crappie are being taken in the bays with some few reports of Crappie still being taken on main lake flats near deep water.  The White Crappie are pretty much still being taken over deep brush in the 8-15 ft range along creek channels.  The Black Crappie are moving shallow and are being taken on small jigs and minnows worked under bobbers around wood cover in 3-6ft of water.  I noticed a number of Black Crappie on the banks on Lake Barkley today.  There should be some good catches coming in this weekend if the weather forecast of warm weather holds.
 
The Bluegill are starting to bite around docks with wood cover.  These fish are taking wax worms and meal worms fished under bobbers.

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.