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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/07/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.60   Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.55  Surface Temperature - 59
Rain, rain, and more rain has been the story for the lakes area over the past two days.  The water levels are up 2 ft since this time last week and the water temperatures are up 5 degrees.  Both dams are spilling water.  

Kentucky Lake is clear for the most part.  Lake Barkley is stained on the north end with the exception of Eddy Creek and Little River being muddy.  I received two reports this evening that the water on south Barkley is muddy and lots of debris floating...this of course will be coming down river toward the north end.  With the rapid rise in water and the winds associated with the frontal passages the past couple of days expect more debris to be in both lakes so be careful.
The Largemouth Bass are on the move to shallow water.  Fish are still being taken on main lake points and secondary creek channel banks and points in the bays but more shallow fish are showing up over the past week.  The fish on the points are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jignpig.  

The fish along the creek channel banks are being taken near wood cover on Texas rigged tubes, lizards, and creature baits as well as crankbaits and jignpig.  The shallow fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged lizards, tubes, creature baits and some buzzbait bite reports were received this evening.  The rising water is just starting to get into the flowers...one more foot and there should some bite in the flowers and buck brush.
The Smallmouth Bass are still being taken on main lake points but more fish are now showing up in the bays on secondary creek channel banks and pea gravel spawning banks.  The fish on the points are still being taken on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits.  The fish in the bays are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, and jignpig.  With the current now being generated by the dams the Smallmouth fishing should be good this weekend.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Smithwick rogues in clown and black/chrome/orange, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala shadraps in crawdad, Bill Lewis Rattletraps in black/red, blue/chrome, and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin/brown, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Zoom lizards in pumpkin/chartruese tails,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in chartruese/white and blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.
The Crappie are moving shallow also and good catches are coming early and late in the day by casting gravel banks with small curly tail tubes and working tubes under bobbers around shallow brush.  Later in the day the Crappie are moving out to brush piles in 8-10 ft of water.  These fish are being taken by fishing with minnows under bobbers and by vertically jigging small tubes.  
The Bluegill are getting active around docks with wood cover and along creek channel banks near wood.  These fish are being taken on worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs.
I have not received any reports on other species as of this time so I assume the catfish are slow

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.