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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/27/2018

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 361.55  Surface Temperature - 61  
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 361.35  Surface Temperature - 61

Both Lakes are 2.5 feet over summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 150,385 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 87,500 cfs this afternoon. 

Current Conditions:  Some big condition changes occurred since my last week's report.  Heavy rains here and up river earlier this week raised the lakes to their present level.  This coupled with some warmer days raised the water temperatures about 5 degrees.  

Those scattered and finicky bass that we have been reported for the last few weeks finally moved into the shallows and the bite has been good this week.  We are catching numbers of fish right now in the flooded brush and wood cover in the creeks and bays.  

There are still some bass staging on secondary points and channel banks also in the creeks and bays but the shallow bite has ruled this week. The TVA has started a slow draw down this afternoon and unless something changes weather wise the slow drawdown will continue until we once again reach summer pool  

LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and crank baits.  Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits, jigs, Texas and Florida rigged creature baits. 

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Smallmouth are bedding right now on gravel banks on the main lake and in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are taking jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and tube jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES:   Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns and shad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong's jigs in black blue, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartreuse and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6" lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie:  Crappie are still being reported as scattered 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 some occasional few fish being taken in shallow water on warmer afternoons on bobbers and minnows.  

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Geese in Flight
Photo by Murray Blake

These Canadian geese are just beginning their yearly migration south to avoid the long, cold winter. They will return in spring to the welcoming waterways of the Kentucky Lakes Area.