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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/06/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 356.53  Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are a 2.5 ft below summer pool and on a slow rise.  Both lakes are forecasted to reach 357.0 on Saturday.  It won't be long before the water is in the mustard flowers.  The bass bite has been sporadic this week with cold fronts moving thru the area every 48 to 72 hours.  Another cold front is forecasted to move thru the area tomorrow evening.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken both on main lake points and secondary creek channel points in the bays as well as on shallow flats in the bays.  The deeper fish are being taken on suspending jerk baits, crankbaits, jignpig and Carolina rigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits, especially on warm windy days.  With the water rising and warm forecast for next week we should see a good improvement in the Largemouth fishing next week.
The Smallmouth Bass bite is still being reported as scattered.  By this I mean that some good fish are being taken but not in big numbers.  The Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and front secondary points in the bays with suspending jerkbaits, jignpig and Carolina rigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala Xraps in black/silver, Rapala suspending Husky Jerks in blue/chrome/orange and black/silver, Rapala Shadraps in crawdad and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/chrome,  jigs in black/brown, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and pumpkin/chartruese and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
The Crappie fishing is very good with good catches of Black Crappie being reported early in the morning and late in the day by casting small roadrunners along gravel banks with wood cover.  During the day these fish are being taken on deeper brush piles near these banks by casting small curly tail jigs and with minnows fished under bobbers.  White Crappie are reportedly being taken over brush piles in the bays in 8-12 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows.
The Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks and along creek channel banks in the bays around wood cover by fishing with worms under bobbers.  

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Photo by Libby Mundy

This male eastern bluebird is looking for an insect to munch on. Easily spotted by binoculars, the males are bluer than the females which are mostly grey in color.