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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/20/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.86  Surface Temperature - 47

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation  - 355.10  Surface Temperature - 48

Cool nights this past week dropped the lake temperatures a couple of degrees but hopefully this is only a temporary condition.  The lakes were stable at winter pool until the last 24 hours and now the water has risen to one foot over winter pool.  We had heavy rains in the lakes area last night which may keep the waters above the winter pool level for the next couple of days.  

The good news is that the weather for the next few days is for temperatures in the 50's with some wind so this may bring the water temperatures back up a little.  Prior to the rain last night the water on Kentucky Lake was clear to stained and Lake Barkley was stained.  I would expect with the heavy rains and winds that we had last night that the water will probably now be stained with muddy conditions in some areas.  
The fishing reports I have received over the past week remain pretty much the same as last week's report.  The Smallmouth Bass bite is slow with only a few scattered fish being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points on the bays.  These fish are being taken on tube baits, slow rolled crankbaits, and jignpig. 

The Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass seem to be the best bite.  These fish are being taken on rocky secondary points in the bays and on main lake flats near ledges.  These fish are taking slow rolled small crankbaits, Texas rigged tube baits, and suspending jerk baits.  Lures reported as productive are Snoozers Road Kill Cammo tubes, Rootbeer/Chartuese Bandit and Crawdad Shadrap Crankbaits, and Suspending Rapala Husky Jerkbaits in Clown color. My experiences this week mirrored the reports I have been receiving.  I caught Largemouth and Spotted Bass this week on rocky secondary creek points on a Texas rigged Snoozer's Road Kill Cammo tube.  
The Crappie fishing has been reported about the same as last week also.  Some days there are some fish being caught in shallow water near brush or wood using minnows or minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.  These fish are being caught in 3-8ft of water.  It seems that these fish are biting best on mid Kentucky Lake and South Barkley.  

There are reports of some good fish being caught in deep water on the main lake on old creek channel ledges and near the mouths of the bays over brush piles and stump beds in 15-25 ft of water. These fish are being caught by spider rigging minnows.  These reports are coming in from mid and North Kentucky Lake.  I have not received any reports of large numbers of Crappie being caught this week in any one spot and some days the bite has been very tough.  I have not received any reports of other species being caught on the lakes this week. 

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