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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/14/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Elevation at Ky Dam - 357.75  Surface Temperature - 61

Lake Barkley:  Water Elevation at Barkley Dam - 358.00  Surface Temperature - 62
Both lakes were drawn down over a foot during the past couple of days.  The lakes are now at the level they should be for this week in April and if they stay on schedule this time the water levels should go back up to summer pool next week.  

For the life of me I don't understand why the TVA pulled the water down just so they can send it right back up but I am sure they must have their reasons.  The weather forecast is nice for the weekend so expect a lot of folks on the water this weekend with the good bite we have going for both Crappie and Largemouth Bass (although today was a little slow on the bass due to the water draw down and the post frontal flat water and blue sky.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on secondary points and along creek channel banks in the bays near wood cover as well as on the flats and in shallow cuts near brush and mustard flowers.  The fish on the points and creek channel banks are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and lizards, spinnerbaits, and jignpig.  

The shallow fish near the brush and flowers are being taken on topwater early in the day, Texas rigged creature baits, lizards, and tubes, spinnerbaits, floating worms, and jignpig.  The prespawn bite is getting into full swing and should only get better over the next week or so.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the front secondary points in the bays and on spawning banks with jignpig, spidergrubs, curly tail grubs, and Texas rigged tubes.  I received a couple of reports of some nice fish taken this week on the points.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Lewis rattletraps in rootbeer and blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in pumpkin chartruese, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and black/blue.
The Crappie are spawning with good catches being taken early and late in the day near the banks of wood cover.  These fish are taking roadrunners and curly tailed jigs by casting them to the banks and cover and also by fishing minnows under bobbers around the cover.  The bite during the rest of the day is coming from wood cover in 6 to 10 ft of water by fishing minnows both vertically and under bobbers.
The Bluegill are being taken both on lead in creek channel banks and on the flats using worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs.  The Bluegill are starting to move shallow.
Although I have not received any reports on the catfish, my clients have caught a number of channels and two big blue cats this week on the flats while fishing for bass so there must be some catfish at least moving shallow.

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