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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/16/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.25  Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.25  Surface Temperature - 48
 
Warm southerly winds and warmer weather has raised the water temperatures on the lakes to the high 40's with some reports from anglers that they found some water around 50 degrees over the past couple of days.  An early spring seems to be in the offering if the projected forecast for the next 30 days is correct.  

When water temperatures reach the level they are now at and stay there for a week or so we can expect the early spring bite to turn on.  I received a few reports over the past couple of days of Largemouth and Crappie having a fair bite.  Although I have not yet received any reports on the Smallmouth, if these water temperatures hold they should begin their early spring feeding spree at any time now.  
 
The Largemouth Bass reports I received indicated that they are being taken on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics.  Although I have not received any reports of Largemouth being taken on crankbaits, these should also be a good bet if the water temperatures hold or rise a little.  
 
The Crappie reports I received indicated fair catches on the main lake being taken on spider rigged small tube jigs and small minnows fished along the old creek channels in 15-20 ft of water.  
 
My personal projection for the early spring fishing is that we are in for an early bite.  I remember a few years back when we had water temperatures in the present range in mid February and by the end of February and into early March the Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass bite was excellent.  

Of course mother nature could throw us a curve and send ol man winter back at us but if she doesn't we should have a really good early spring bite here on the big lakes.  Anglers should monitor the water temperatures closely over the next week or two and get their gear ready now.  Water temperatures in the low 50's is the time for trophy Smallmouth and Largemouth.

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