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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/07/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.64  Surface Temperature - 45

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.35  Surface Temperature - 45
Both lakes are at or near winter pool and clear.  We have had some nice days weather wise recently and the forecast for the next few days looks pretty good with daytime temperatures ranging from the high 50's to low 50's.  One needs to check the wind forecasts each day as we have been having quite a bit of wind here on the lakes recently.  Since reports are scarce in the winter time this will be an abbreviated report more so than my normal seasonal reports.
Largemouth Bass:  Some reports of Largemouth being taken during the heat of the day near rocky main lake points and around rip rap close to deep water on slow rolled crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jignpig.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some reports of Smallmouth Bass being taken off main lake rocky points near deep water on suspending jerkbaits.
Crappie:  Quite a few reports of Crappie being taken along the old creek channels by spider rigging with small hair jigs and small minnows.  The Crappie anglers seem to be having the best luck lately over the other anglers with some good catches being reported.
Sauger:  Some reports of Sauger being taken in the canal on curly tail jigs and sassy shads tipped with minnows.
Catfish:  Some big Blue Catfish are being taken on the river channels by fishing cut baits on bottom rigs.
If you have not made your reservations for guides and lodging for this spring you should do so as soon as possible.  I still have some dates open for this spring but reservations are coming in daily so don't delay or you may not get the dates you want.  If you are in need of a guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to drop me an email or call me at 270-354-5039.  Although I will be on the road for the next few weeks my wife will be available to take your reservation or if you are wanting to talk to me she will take your number and I will return your call.
This will probably be my last report until the first week of March.  I will be leaving the lakes area in a few days to go do fishing seminars at a number of outdoor shows around the country until the end of February.  

Some Items of Interest:  
There will be a new fishing section launched at www.explorekentuckylake.com on January 10, 2006.  This section is named "Fishing 101".  I had the priveledge to write quite a bit of this section which contains among other information tips about seasonal patterns and lures etc for fishing Kentucky and Barkley lakes.  The section also contains among other things real time lake levels and water temperatures.  I have had the priveledge of being able to preview this new fishing section and I believe it is one of the most informative if not the most informative one stop site for specific information about fishing Ky/Barkley.
I would like to thank Jet-A-Marina in Calvert City for all the great service they gave me and my clients this year.  If you are in the area and are thinking about purchasing a boat or need some service work done you cannot find a better bunch of folks to work with.  For the record:  I am not sponsored by Jet-A-Marina...I just appreciate great service.  
A new tackle shop opened here in the lakes area last season.  The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 near Kuttawa is a place that any bass angler coming to the area needs to check out.  They carry a great line of custom type baits as well as off the shelf baits.  You will see many of the custom type local and not so local lures mentioned in my reports sold at their location.
If you are in the market for some new carpet for your boat you should contact Doug Meyer of Meyer's Boatworks located just south of Louisville, Ky.  I just had Doug recarpet my boat and I can honestly say I have never had a better service.  Doug is very meticulous in his work and his prices are more than reasonable.  You can reach Doug at 502-543-7787.
For those of you venturing on the lakes this winter:  be careful, take a survival kit in case you get stranded, make sure someone knows where you are launching from and when you expect to return and have them check on you

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