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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/22/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.00  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.05  Surface Temperature - 60
Both lakes reached summer pool levels today.  We have had high south winds and warm temperatures all week with heavy rains last night and this morning.  
The Largemouth Bass are biting very good.  The Largemouth are moving shallow in more numbers each day.  I have seen and also received reports of a few fish already starting to bed but most of the fish are still on a good late prespawn bite.  

These shallow fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards, creature baits, and tubes, deadstick worms, lipless crankbaits, and jignpig. These fish are being taken around buck brush, flower beds, and wood cover on the flats near spawning areas.  Some fish are also being taken on creek channel points on crankbaits and Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits as they are staging to move shallow.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky creek channel banks on small crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  It appears that most of the Smallmouth have now spawned and are holding along prespawn creek channel points.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white/chartruese and blue glimmer, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass and Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass deadstick worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and green pumpkin.  (Tip:  dip the tails of your green pumpkin lures in chartruese dye).
The Crappie are reported to have been somewhat slower this week.  I believe this is probably due a quick rise in the water and I would expect the bite to pick back up when the water stabilizes for a few days.  The Crappie are being taken mainly by fishing minnows under bobbers around shallow submerged brush piles and stumps.  Some deeper Crappie are still being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water and this would indicate to me that there are still a good number of Crappie yet to come shallow.
The Channel Catfish are being taken by fishing nightcrawlers and leeches on bottom rigs near creek channels.  These fish should be moving to shallow rocky areas very soon to spawn.
The Bluegill are very active around vegetation and wood cover in the bays.  These fish can be readily taken by fishing worms under bobbers near the flowers and brush.  

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