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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/03/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.10   Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.20  Surface Temperature - 49
 
Both lakes have good current on them as both dams are spilling water.  Both lakes are one foot over winter pool and projected to remain at about that level over the next few days.  As I projected in my mid February report the early bite has gotten started for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and Crappie.  

I have received a lot of favorable bite reports over the past week since I returned home from doing seminars at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport, and Travel Show.  I was on the water myself today for the first time since December and we had a good bite on Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  I am glad to home and even happier to be back on the water and starting a new season this week.
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays.  A few fish are being taken shallow on the flats near wood cover.  The fish on the points are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits.  The reports I have received indicate a very good bite on warmer days.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  The reports I have received indicate a better bite on south Kentucky but this is normal as the early spring Smallmouth bite normally begins on the south end and works north.  However we did manage to catch a few nice Smallmouth on the north end of Ky Lake today.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Smithwick Rogues in black/chrome/orange and clown, Rapala Husky Jerks in blue/chrome/orange, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, and Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome.
 
The Crappie reports indicate that some Crappie have been taken shallow this week in 6-8 ft of water near brush by casting small jigs.  I have received reports of good Crappie catches also being taken near the mouths of the bays along old creek channels in 12-15 ft of water by spider rigging small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.
 
I have not received any reports of other species as of yet.
 
This is the time of year to catch big bass, both Largemouth and Smallmouth.  March weather can be fickle but if you get the right day you can catch the fish of a lifetime and sometimes more than one in that class.  Be careful on the lakes as water and air temperatures are definitely in the zone for hypothermia.  You should take a survival kit with you and a change of clothes in case you happen to get wet or have mechanical problems.  

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.