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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/31/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.10   Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.10  Surface Temperature - 59
A couple of nasty cold fronts came thru the lakes area earlier this week and has slowed the fishing but the forecast for the weekend looks good.  Prior to the cold front the fishing was good overall with the better fishing being for Largemouth Bass and Crappie.  These fish should be back on the bite with the warming trend forecasted for this coming weekend.  The lakes are at one foot over winter pool and should start a slow rise to summer levels this week.  
The Largemouth Bass are on a prespawn feed now with some good catches having been reported prior to this latest cold front.  These fish are being taken on secondary creek channel points, flats near deep water, and on shallow flats in the back of the bays near wood cover.  Crankbaits (lipless and medium running), Carolina rigged creature baits and lizards,  and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes have been producing fish.
The Smallmouth Bass have been reported as spotty with some reports of fish still being taken on main lake pea gravel points as well as reports of some fish now being taken on secondary points in the bays as they are moving in to spawn.   Suspending jerkbaits, medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and grubs have all been reported as productive.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointers in natural shad colors, Bandit crankbaits in crawdad and firetiger patterns, Lee Sisson crankbaits in sushine craw, Rattletraps in blue/chrome,  Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon seed and watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, and Hook Some Bass tubes in camillion craw and green pumpkin.
The Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8-15ft of water as well as near shallow wood cover in 3-6 ft of water.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing with jigs and minnows and the shallower fish are being taken by fishing minnows and jigs under bobbers.  Some reports of Crappie being taken by casting the banks with small jigs were also received prior to this latest cold snap.  These shallow fish should be moving back to the banks as soon as the water starts rising and the warm weather returns later this week. 
Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover by fishing with wax worms and meal worms under bobbers.  There are also some reports of Bluegill being taken around brush piles in shallow water.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.