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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/27/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.56   Surface Temperature - 69

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.65
The TVA brought the lakes up to summer pool early in the week but dropped them back down about 6 inches to their present levels.  Hopefully they will bring the lakes back to summer pool levels over the next day or two.  The bass fishing has been up and down depending on which side of the latest cold front you are fishing on.  

We continue to get a cold front thru the lakes area about every 36-48 hours lately.  The shallow water bass are excellent on the overcast days, especially those with rain prior to the fronts but slow on the post frontal blue sky flat water days.  If you are fishing on one on the post frontal days you should back off to the lead in banks and first secondary points with jigs and C-rigs for better results.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken in shallow water in the mustard flowers and buck brush using a myriad of techniques including:  Texas rigged creature baits and tubes, jignpig, floating worms,  soft jerkbaits, topwater lures and spinnerbaits.  

Largemouth Bass are also being taken on the lead in creek channel banks just prior to the spawning areas and also on the last secondary points prior to the spawning areas on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and jignpig.  There are some fish locked on the beds, late prespawn fish in the flowers and brush and still some fish being taken staging on the secondary points and creek channel banks coming in.  We had one day this week that we took over 40 bass with at least 30 of them over 3lbs and only two of the females showed any tail marks where they had been fanning the beds...these were prespawn fish.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are on post spawn patterns and are being taken on secondary points and ledges in the bays and on secondary points on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on jignpig and Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz in white and chartruese/white, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Zoom Horney Toads in green pumpkin swirl and watermelon/red swirl, Zoom super flukes in white, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin, watermelon/candy and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome and jignpig in green pumpkin/orange.
The Crappie spawn has peaked but some scattered late spawners are still being taken.  These late spawners are being taken in around shallow wood cover on minnows fished under bobbers and small tubes fished under bobbers.  Most of the Crappie have spawned now and are being taken over brush piles along the creek channel ledges in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging with small minnows and small tubes.  
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are moving onto the shallow bedding areas and are being taken with worms fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs dragged along the bottom.  
The Channel Catfish are moving into shallow water areas, especially those with rocky bottoms.  These fish are being taken with minnows and nightcrawlers fished under bobbers.  Some very good catches of quality fish are coming in daily.

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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.