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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/27/2002

The past week has been a mixed bag of spring and winter like weather.  Above normal temperatures over the end of last week brought the surface temperatures up to the low 50's and the spring like weather had the anglers out in force enjoying the break from cabin fever.  An artic cold front moved thru the area on Monday and brought with it subfreezing daytime tempertures and high winds.  This cold weather dropped the water temperatures and since it is forecasted to last a few more days it will probably drop the water temperatures a little more.

Prior to the cold snap the following fishing conditions were prevailing:  The Smallmouth Bass are still slow with some reports of Smallmouth being caught by anglers working the pea gravel banks on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake with suspending jerk bait, tube jigs, jignpig, drop shot rigs, and Carolina rigged tubes.  For the most part these reports had the Smallmouth as slow with only a few fish or less being caught by any one party.  

I did receive one report of a few nice Smallmouth being caught by one party near Paris, Tenn using suspending jerk baits and Carolina Rigged tubes on Saturday.  The lures reported as productive were:  Rogues in clown color, tubes in Snoozer's Road Kill Cammo, 4.5" Robo worms on drop shot, and black/blue jigs.

The best bite reported again this week was on the Largemouth and Spotted Bass.  These fish are being caught in a variety of areas including on the main lake points, secondary creek channel points, and on the flats near wood cover.  I myself caught a number of nice spotted bass  on Saturday while fishing a suspending jerk bait along the pea gravel banks and points on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake.  I also caught a number of Largemouth Bass on North Barkley and on Kentucky Lake by fishing a rattletrap on the flats near wood cover in the warm part of the afternoon.  

I have received a number of reports of like action over the weekend.  A number of the reports reflected that some good Largemouth were caught on Carolina Rigged tubes and tube jigs on North Barkley on secondary creek channel points.  Productive lures reported were suspending jerk baits in clown, Snoozer's Road Kill Cammo tubes, and Blue/Chrome Rattletraps.  

The crappie have more active with the warming water and some good reports of catches are coming in especially from South Barkley and mid-Kentucky Lake areas.  Some reports of shallow crappie have been reported in 3-6 ft of water using minnows and minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.  The better fish are being reported as being caught near along ledges over brush and stumps in 15-20 ft of water by spider rigging small tubes and minnow/jig combinations.  

I had a number of reports of 2lbs fish being caught in these areas.  Congratulations to Pat Hahs for his catch of a 3.4lb Black Crappie in the Big Sandy area.  That is one really nice Black Crappie.  Jig colors being reported are red/chartruese, black/chartruese, and chatruese.   I have not received any reports on other species of fish this week. 

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