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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/30/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.38  Surface temperature - 54

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.30  Surface temperature - 54
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Both lakes are on a slow rise to summer pool.  This slow rise normally continues about a foot a week until the lake nears summer pool levels at the end of April barring a large influx of water from spring rain runoffs.  The weather finally started warming up earlier this week and the water temperatures are once again on the rise.  

As predicted in last week's report this expected rise in water temperatures has gotten the fish more active and the bite over the past couple of days is a definite improvement over the bite last week during the cold weather spell we had.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on primary points on the main lakes and also on secondary points and creek channel banks in the bays.  Good numbers of fish are staging on the secondary points in some of the bays and creeks.  

These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics.  There is also a good shallow water bite on the flats in some of the creeks and bays near wood cover.  These fish are readily taking lipless crankbaits and some big fish are being taken on this pattern as well as a good number of buck bass.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass reports still indicate a scattered bite on primary and secondary points on the east side of Kentucky Lake and the secondary points in the front parts of the bays.  It appears the weird weather patterns this year may have hurt the normally excellent bite we would be getting on these great fighters this time of year.  I expect the Smallmouth will move to spawning banks in the bays and on the main lake within the next couple of weeks.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapals X Rap in clown and black/silver, Rapala Husky Jerk in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala Shadraps in crawdad and black/silver, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Zoom u-tail worms in red shad and Zoom lizards in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  The Crappie bite has been reported as good the past couple of days with the warming water.  Some good catches are coming from brush piles in 10-12 ft of water in the bays using small jigs fished vertically and by casting and retrieving them on light lines.  

I have talked to a few folks casting the banks and they are getting a few fish but not as good as it was before the cold weather hit us last week.  With the warming water the Black Crappie should be moving to the banks very soon and casting the banks with small curly tail jigs and road runners should be a much better producing pattern.
I still have not received enough reports on other species to make a viable report but I expect we will soon be hearing about the bluegill and catfish within the next couple of weeks. 

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