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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/10/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.39   Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.50   Surface Temperature - 59
Warmer weather has finally arrived in the lakes area and with it the water temperatures are rising. The Largemouth Bass are biting is good to excellent on prespawn patterns.  The Largemouth are being caught on both lakes on main lake points and secondary creek channel points on crankbaits, jignpig, and Carolina rigged lizards and tubes.  There is a good afternoon bite in shallow water near wood cover using spinnerbaits and rattletraps.  

Lures reported as being productive this week are Bandit Crankbaits in variations of chartruese, natural and crawdad colored Shad Raps, black/blue jignpig, Zoom lizards in pumpkin/chartruese, black/blue, and tubes in Snoozer's Road Kill Cammo.  Rattletraps in rootbeer and blue/chrome and spinnerbaits in white and white/chartruese are reported to be the best bets in the shallow water.
The Smallmouth started getting active on North Kentucky Lake over the weekend finally and some good fish are being caught on the pea gravel points and secondary points on crankbaits and carolina rigged lizards and tubes.  As a matter of fact there was a report today that a NEW STATE RECORD SMALLMOUTH was caught today on a #9 Shadrap in crawdad color.  

Reportedly the weight was 10.08.  The fish has not been officially confirmed as of this writing but it should not take long for this to take place.  The news is the buzz of the lake right now as you can imagine.  Other lures reported as productive this week are Bandit crankbaits in variations of chartruese, Bill Norman crankbaits in Rootbeer, Zoom Lizards in pumpkin/chartruese and Snoozers Road Kill Cammo tubes.   
The Crappie have continued to be slow with a slight increase in activity over the past two days.  The water levels have been fluctuating and are still only a foot over winter pool which is low for this time of year.  The warming trend in the forecast over the next few days should help to get the crappie more active and if the TVA brings the water levels up the crappie fishing should get much better.  

Most reports I am getting are of scattered catches in the afternoons along spawning banks on Road Runners and jigs cast to the shoreline around wood cover.  Some fish are being taken by fishing minnows under bobbers in the brush piles and stumps in 6-10 ft of water off spawning banks.  There are also some reports of catches by spider rigging small tubes and minnows over wood cover in 12 -15 ft of water along the creek channels.  

The fluctuating water levels is keeping the bite sporadic at this time.  Bluegills are active around docks with brush and also near brush and stumps on secondary points and in wooded cuts.  They are taking wax worms and red worms.  I have not received any reports on the Catfish this past week.  
The lakes are getting crowded with anglers now on the weekends and care should be taken to show courteousy to your fellow boaters as well as driving defensively.  The lakes are still low and care should be taken when navigating the lakes.  

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