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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/14/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.61  Surface Temperature - 50
Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.65  Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes are nearing 3 ft over winter pool with the influx of water from heavy rains recently upriver.  Both dams are spilling water and there is strong current on both lakes.  The water on both lakes is stained.  The water temperatures on both lakes rose considerably over the past two weeks with the unseasonably warm weather and this turned the fish on with good reports of catches of bass, crappie and sauger.  The temperatures returned to more seasonable temperatures with the passage of a major cold front last night and this should drop the water temperatures back down into the 40's over the next few days.
The Largemouth Bass bite over the past two weeks has been good with some nice catches being reported on main lake points and near rip rap banks.  These fish have been taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  Expect this bite to slow down with the onslought of colder water temperatures over the next few days.  
The Smallmouth Bass bite has been good with nice catches being taken near main lake current breaks on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  I would expect this bite to continue although maybe a little slower with the advent of colder water temperatures associated with the present cold front.  
Some of the productive lures reported over the past two weeks are:  Lucky Craft pointers in table rock shad and clown, Rapala shadraps in black/silver and original crawdad, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
The Crappie are being taken along the old creek channels in the bays by vertically fishing in 15-20ft of water over wood cover.  Spider rigging with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations have been productive.
I received some good reports of Sauger being taken from Paris Landing south in 20-30 ft of water around current breaks.  These fish are being taken on large curly tailed jigs tipped with large minnows.  

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