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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/24/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water elevation at Ky Dam - 354.49  Surface Temperature - 51

Lake Barkley:  Water elevation at Barkley Dam - 354.45  Surface Temperature - 51
Well we had another week of one cold front after another and the weather forecasts have been accurate about half the time.  We had a couple of nice days this past week in the weather of course separated by the proverbial every 48 hours here comes another cold front.  The bass have still been sporadic in their bite with the post cold front days being slow to fair and the prefrontal days being good.  

The Crappie seem to be holding their own from the reports I am getting with some very good catches coming in to the docks.  Hopefully ol man winter will finally give up this next week and give us some seasonable weather so that we can catch the fish that are biting and enjoy the nice weather too.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points as well as on secondary creek channel points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, jignpig, and Texas rigged tubes.  On warmer days there is a good bite in the bays on the flats near wood cover using lipless crankbaits.
The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on the east side of Ky Lake using suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  We have had some really big smallmouth on the line this week but unfortunately not many of them are making it in the boat....watch your drag on your reels...tight drags are costing some of my clients fish as they are fighting so hard they are tearing the hooks out.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Smithwick suspending rogues in black/chrome, purple/chartruese and clown, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala shadraps in crawdad and black/silver, Rapala DT6 in black/silver, Bill Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome and smokey joe, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
The Crappie are being taken both shallow and deep.  Some good catches have been coming in 4-6 ft of water near deep water on warm days around wood cover by casting small jigs and by fishing minnows under a slip float.  Good catches are also being taken in 12-16 ft of water along the old creek channels in the bays over wood cover.  These deeper fish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs baited with minnows and by spider rigging small jigs and minnows.  From the reports I have been getting it seems this is one of the better March's for Crappie in quite a while.
Some good bluegill are being taken by fishing along creek channel banks in the bays with crickets and worms fished under slip floats near wood cover.  

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.