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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/06/2002

The severe cold snap that came into the area toward the end of last week finally ended yesterday.  The severe cold dropped the water temperatures down to the low 40's but they are starting to rebound over the past two days.  The forecast looks good for this warming trend to continue and the water temperatures should break the 50 degree mark in the next couple of days.  This severe cold has delayed an already late early prespawn bite for the Smallmouth Bass.  There are a few reports of some single fish being caught over the past two days but all were caught on finesse baits and not the jerkbaits or crankbaits that will indicate that the early prespawn feed is beginning.  

The best Bass bite right now remains with the Largemouth and Spotted Bass.  Although the cold did slow down the bite on these fish, they have started to rebound the past two days and are taking tubes and jigs on main lake points and near secondary points in the bays with wood cover.  I was with a client yesterday and he had 5 fish in less than 45 minutes fishing  a Road Kill Cammo Snoozer's tube near wood in 8-10 ft of water.  I would expect the Largemouth and Spotted Bass bite to get better over the next few days and the Smallmouth should start their early prespawn feed any day now.
The Crappie fishing slowed with the cold front as well.  Just prior to the severe cold moving in there were a number of reports of Crappie being caught shallow as well as along the creek channel ledges.  The most activity on the shallow fish seems to be coming from South Barkley and Mid Kentucky Lake.  

One report from a good friend of mine said that he and his party had caught 40 good crappie in water less than two feet deep using a tube jig under a bobber on South Barkley.  Other reports prior to the cold front had good fish being caught on the creek channel ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the bays by spider rigging small tube jigs and live minnows in 15-20 ft of water over wood cover.  The Crappie fishing should pick back up over the next few days also as the water returns to more seasonal temperatures.  I have not received any significant reports on other species of fish this week.  

Let me say that all the fish I have seen caught over the past couple of weeks were very healthy looking fish and if this is any indication of what the fish will be like when the water reaches prespawn temperatures we are going to be in for a very good spring.  I still have a couple of openings in March and April and am now booking for May and June.   

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