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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/14/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.72  Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.75  Surface Temperature - 50
The weather has been the mixed bag the mixed bag that you would expect in March this past week.  We are have been having cold fronts transverse there area about every three days.  The fishing success has been a mixed bag also coinciding with the cold fronts.  Last Thursday and Friday the weather warmed up and the Largemouth Bass turned on but the cold front that came thru the area on Saturday morning shut the bite down just as fast as it started.  

The fishing was slow since until yesterday afternoon when the warmer temperatures returned.  During last week's warmup on Thursday and Friday my clients had over 90 Largemouth Bass in the boat.  Yesterday afternoon the temperatures warmed up again and my clients had about 30 in the boat.  These fish are being taken on main lake points and secondary creek points on suspending jerk baits and small crankbaits as well as on the flats in the bays on small crankbaits and rattletraps.  

On the tougher bite days following the fronts the fish can be caught by Texas rigging and Carolina Rigging tube baits and also on jignpig by fishing the points.  The Smallmouth Bass fishing remains slow on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake with a few reports of fish being caught on pea gravel primary and secondary points on suspending jerkbaits and jignpig.  

The Crappie bite has been scattered at best with a few reports of good catches coming in by spider rigging near the mouths of the creek channels with small jigs.  These fish are being caught in 15-20 ft of water over wood cover.  On the warm days there is some fish coming in from shallow brush piles near deep water using minnows under bobbers and minnow/jig combinations under bobbers.  The Bluegill are biting on wax worms under bobbers in the shallow brush piles also.  There has been no significant reports on any other species.  

The weather outlook for the next few days looks good with the exception of tomorrow which has Thunderstorms in the forecast.  The spring bite is on full swing on the Largemouth and maybe with a few days more of warm weather the Smallmouth and Crappie will turn on also.  

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