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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/11/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Kentucky Dam - 354.58   Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.50  Surface Temperature - 48
 
Cold fronts, Cold fronts and more cold fronts...that was the theme here in the lakes area this past week.  Windy days and cold temperatures made fishing uncomfortable at the least and kept many bass anglers from productively fishing some of the areas they would like to have fished.  Even with the cold fronts blowing through every 36 hours some hardy angler are still managing to catch some fish.  Next week's forecast shows a warming trend with daytime highs back into the 50's but as anyone knows you need to check the forecast about every 12 hours for the latest changes as the weather can change fast and furious this time of year.
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and the front secondary points in the bays on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, and jignpig.  Some reports of good Largemouth being taken shallow  on south Ky Lake below Paris on lipless crankbaits have been received as the water temperatures down that way are few degrees warmer than on the north end of the lake.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits on the east side of Ky Lake near pea gravel points.  A good bag of Smallmouth was taken on Lake Barkley this past weekend on channel swing points using crankbaits.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week were:  Lucky Craft Pointers in table rock shad, Smithwick Rogue in black/chrome, Rapala Husky Jerk in blue/chrome/orange, Rapala Shad Rap in black/silver and crawdad, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
 
The Crappie are still biting pretty good for early March with good bags being taken in the bays.  Crappie are being taken in 6 -8 ft of water over brush piles by casting small jigs and also in the 12-16 ft depths over brush piles by vertically jigging small jigs and spider rigging minnow/jig combinations.  
 
I have not received any reports on other fish species as of yet. 
 
The fast weather pattern changing in March can make for some interesting bass fishing.  Keep a close eye on the weather and water levels and be ready to make adjustments in patterns and lure colors not only daily but through out the day.  This is the time of the year for big fish and some are already being taken and it should only get better over the next couple of weeks.  

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!