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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/21/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 357.76  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 357.95  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are just over a foot under summer pool levels.  The levels on both lakes have been fluctuating all week but there is hope on the horizon for everyone waiting on the water levels to rise so that there will be water once again in the flowers and buck brush.  The lakes should start a slow rise to summer pool within the next day or so.  There is a nasty cold front forecasted to visit the lakes area Friday evening and the forecast for Saturday is with highs in the 50's and high north winds.
The Largemouth Bass have been on and off all week with the water levels fluctuating and some days with flat water and blue skies.  Today was the first day this week that my clients were not able to get 5 good keepers or more in the boat but it was just a tough day for us.  The reports I have received this week pretty much mirror what I have been doing and that is most of the Largemouth being taken are being caught on secondary points and creek channel banks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken mainly on Carolina rigged soft plastics and jignpig although some reports of crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been received also.  A few fish have been reported being taken shallow but mostly just short fish.  I have seen and have had reports from some other folks of some big Largemouth females cruising the shallow water seemingly looking for their spawning areas.
The Smallmouth Bass are pretty much on post spawn patterns now and are being taken on rocky secondary points in the bays on jignpig and tubes.  A few late spawners are still on the beds but this won't last very much longer.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, watermelon seed, and watermelon/purple,  Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Strike King bitsy bug in green craw and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin.  
The Crappie are in late spawn now with some of them moving back out to deeper water in the bays.  Some early morning and late evening catches in shallow water are still being reported.  These shallow fish are being taken with minnows under bobbers and by casting curly tail jigs to shallow brush.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing over deep brush piles in 8 -12 ft of water with minnows and small tube jigs.  The fluctuating water levels this week have not helped the Crappie fishing but hopefully this will settle down in the next few days.
The Channel Catfish are moving into shallow water with rocky bottoms.  Some good catches are already being reported and this should get better over the next week or so.  These fish can be taken by using cut baits and nightcrawlers fished on bottom.
The Bluegill are being taken along primary and secondary creek channel banks especially near wood cover.  These fish are moving toward shallow water so check the banks coming into the spawning coves.   These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and split shot rigs with worms on bottom.

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