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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/05/2018

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.43  Surface Temperature - 56
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.35  Surface Temperature - 55

Both lakes are about one and one half foot above winter pool and on a slow rise.  Barring any unforeseen large input of water, the lakes are on schedule to reach summer pool at the end of this month.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 47,000 cfs this morning  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,700 cfs this morning.  

Current conditions:  Cold fronts, warm fronts, rain and wind has been the story over the past couple weeks.  It is not over yet from the looks of the weather forecast.  The weather has kept us off the water a number of days over the past couple weeks but we have managed to get a few days in when it is not cold, raining and/or the wind blowing to bad to be on the water.  The Bass bite remains scattered and somewhat slow.  We are getting a nice fat big fish now and then but the bigger fish are not coming in numbers for us yet.  We are catching a number of smaller bass most days.  The confirmed reports I have received and the tournament results lately are mirroring the same as we have been doing.  We need some more stable warm weather to get the water temperatures up and the fish biting better.

The forecast for tomorrow looks good with a morning low of 46 and afternoon high of 61 with a chance of rain showers during the late afternoon. Wind is forecasted to be SSW at 8.  Another nasty cold front is coming through Friday night and is making the weekend outlook nasty.  A forecast of rain and possibly changing over to snow tomorrow night is in the offing.  The forecast for Saturday is for a morning low of 30, daytime high of 46 with NNE wind at 15.  Sunday's forecast is showing a morning low of 29, daytime high of 49 with wind E at 9 and a 60% chance of rain showers during the afternoon.  

LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and banks on crank baits, Alabama rigs, jigs and suspending jerk baits.  Largemouth are also being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake near deep water on spinner baits, lipless crank baits, vibrating jigs and jigs.  Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, neko rigs and crank baits.  Largemouth are also being taken in the shallows in the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits and lipless crank baits as well as Texas rigged creature baits.  As you can see, the fish are scattered.  Most of the shallow fish are small fish with an occasional nice fish. 

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Some nice Smallmouth have been taken as they are on their pre spawn bite right now.  Most of these fish are being taken on main lake points and deep points in the mouths of the creeks and bays on crank baits, suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs.  

PRODUCTIVE LURES:  Alabama rig with Keitech swim baits in French pearl and Pro blue, Big Hammer swim baits in pearl white and sexy smelt, Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns, Rapala Shad Raps in crawdad patterns,  Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Rattle Traps in red craw and chrome shad, D&L jigs in black blue and oops patterns, Slong's jigs in black blue, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu, Mega Bass suspending jerk baits in ito watsugi, vibrating jigs in blue glimmer with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6" lizards in watermelon/red.

Crappie:  Crappie are being reported as scattered also, with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-20 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles.  These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with an occasional few fish being taken in 8-10 ft of water on warmer afternoons.  

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