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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/09/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.79   Surface Temperature - 54

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.40  Surface Temperature - 54
The gates are open on both the dams and they are spilling a lot of water.  Kentucky Dam is spilling at 370,000 cfps and Barkley at 80,000 cfps.  Kentucky Lake is heavily stained in the channel areas and the bays are stained.  Barkley is muddy in the channel with varying stain in the bays from heavily stained to stained.  There is very strong current on both lakes and there is a lot of debris so be careful when running the lakes.  Both lakes are forecasted to rise about 2.5 ft over the next couple of days.  This is from all the runnoff water coming in from the upper Tennessee and Cumberland river basins.  
Although the reports have been somewhat slim this week, all the reports for Largemouth Bass were good.  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary points and secondary points in the bays with some fish being reported shallow on the flats earlier in the week.  The point fish are taking crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  The report of shallow fish on the flats came on a very warm day and they were hitting buzzbaits in one to three feet of water.  The best Largmouth bite seems to be south of the U.S. 68 bridge.
The Smallmouth Bass fishing picked up this week with the heavy current.  The Smallmouth are being taken in eddies caused by current breaks.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  I received some reports of good catches being taken.  I was out for a couple of hours today and had two Smallies around 5lbs fishing one current break.  
The Crappie fishing is reported to have slowed down this week with the fluctuating water levels and heavy current.  Some fish are being taken in the bays over deep brush by vertical fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  
I did not receive any reports on the White Bass this week but I did catch a number of them today on crankbaits on main lake rocky points near the current breaks.

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.