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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/13/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.26  Surface Temperature - 63

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 358.40  Surface Temperature - 63
Both lakes are less than one foot from summer pool and on a slow rise.  High air temperatures over the past few days has brought the water temps up to where they normally are this time of year.  The forecast over the next few days is for above average temperatures.  The Crappie and Largemouth Bass fishing is excellent.  There are a lot of boats on the lakes now with the spring bite getting into full swing so please be aware of your fellow boaters, be courteous and practice defensive boat handling.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass bite is excellent with more and more bass moving shallow now that the water is rising and the water temperatures are up.  Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary creek channel points as they are staging and moving toward the shallows on crankbaits, jignpig, Texas rigged and Carolina rigged soft plastics.  

A good number of Largemouth have moved to the spawning areas now and are on late prespawn patterns.  These bass are being taken on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas and Florida rigged soft plastics, buzzbaits, floating worms, sinking worms and jignpig.  These fish are being taken on the flats near the mustard flowers and buck brush.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are starting to bed now and are being taken on the main lake in the small cuts and on gravel banks in the bays on the east side of Ky Lake.  These fish are taking grubs, jignpig and small jig spinners near wood fished along the bottom.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and white, Bandit crankbaits in speckled back, rootbeer/chartruese, and craw/chartruese, Rapala shadraps in blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and pumpkin/chartruese, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Zoom trick worms in white, watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white/chartruese and blue glimmer, Senkos in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass sinking worms in green pumpkin/craw, Strike King bitsy flip jigs in green pumpkin/craw, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and net baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  The Crappie have moved to the spawning banks and big numbers of good fish are being taken early and late in the day near wood cover just off the bank in 3-5 ft of water by casting curly tail jigs, road runners and fishing with small tube jigs worked under bobbers.  Minnows fished under bobbers are also working for many folks.  During the heat of the day the Crappie are moving out a little deeper over brush piles in 6-10 ft of water and are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and fishing with minnows under bobbers.
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are staging on the creek channel banks and secondary points near the shallows.  These fish are being taken with worms fished under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken around deeper docks with wood cover in the same method.
Catfish:  I have not received any reports on the catfish yet but we are catching the occasional channel cat on the flats in the bays and creeks on bass lures...these are not numerous but some of the catfish are obviously cruising the shallows feeding on the shad that have moved into the shallow water to spawn.  

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