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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/28/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.75  Surface Temperature - 62

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 358.75  Surface Temperature - 62
Both lakes are nearing summer pool levels and should be there by Saturday if not sooner.   The cold arctic blast we experienced here last weekend and the fact that it has been cool the past couple of nights dropped the water temperatures back down into the low 60's.  The temperatures should rebound rather quickly though as we are getting some warm rains today and tomorrow.  
The Largemouth Bass are on prespawn and spawning patterns.  Some of the fish went on the beds with the full moon earlier in the week even with the lower water levels but most of the fish are still moving up on prespawn patterns.  These fish are being taken in and around the yellow flower beds and buck brush as well as some are still staging on the secondary points adjacent to the spawning areas.  These fish are being taken on topwater early in the day, medium running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, lizards and tubes, spinnerbaits, floating worms and jignpig.
The Smallmouth Bass are on post spawn patterns and are being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks using Texas rigged tubes, curly tail jigs and jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 in bluegill and brown crawfish, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon seed, watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, pumpkin/chartruese and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and chartruese/white, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple, and Strike King bisty bug in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/craw.
The Crappie are mostly on post spawn patterns now with only a few reports of late spawning fish.  The late spawners are active early in the morning and late in the evening around shallow brush and are being taken on minnows fished under bobbers and by casting curly tail jigs.  The post spawn Crappie are being taken in 8-12 ft of water over brush piles by vertically fishing with tube jigs and small minnows.  
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are moving shallow.  I have had reports of numbers of good bluegill being taken around flooded vegetation and brush and I have had some reports that some Shellcrackers have been caught in the same areas but not in big numbers yet.  These fish should be getting much better over the next couple of weeks.  These shallow fish that are being caught can be taken fishing with crickets and worms both under bobbers and on split shot rigs fished on bottom.  
The Channel Catfish are moving shallow to spawn and they are being taken around rocky shorelines on cut baits fished on bottom and nightcrawlers fished on bottom and under bobbers.  

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