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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/07/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 354.21  Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 354.30  Surface Temperature - 48
Both lakes are at winter pool.  Winter has definitely arrived in the lakes area.  We woke up to snow flurries this morning and the daytime temperatures did not get above the freezing mark.  The colder weather and wind has kept most anglers off the lakes and so there have been only a few reports.  As per usual, 

I will not be publishing weekly reports during the winter but will publish reports  periodically when I have verifiable information.  Of course my weekly reports will resume each week starting the first week of March. The weather forecast looks pretty good for this weekend and next week with temperatures next week forecasted to be in the high 40's to low 50's so maybe we will have more information for the winter anglers.  Here is the current information I have with some suggestions where information is insufficient to write what I feel is a verifiable report:
Largemouth Bass:  Some Largemouth Bass are still being taken in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken by slow rolling spinnerbaits under the schools of baitfish and by fishing near wood cover with jigs and shakey head worms.  Many of the Largemouth have moved out to the mouths of the bays and one should be able to catch them on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points on suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  There have been some reports of Smallmouth being taken in the canal on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.  
Some of the productive lures have been:  Lucky Craft pointer in chartruese shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Berkley shakey head worm in black and Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese.
Crappie:  Prior to the cold snap this week I had some reports of Crappie being taken in the creeks and bays by casting jigs to brush piles in 6-10 ft of water and by fishing with minnows under bobbers.  Crappie are also being taken by spider rigging over deep brush piles along the creek channels on the main lake in 12-16ft of water using small minnows and jigs. 
Sauger:  The Sauger fishing was reported as having been very good prior to the cold snap and wind this week.  I would expect this bite is still there and should be a good bet for the coming weeks.  These fish are being taken by fishing with curly tail jigs tipped with large minnows and bottom bouncing rigs baited with large minnows along the old river channel near creek channel junctions in 35-40 ft of water.  
Catfish:  This is the time of the year to catch big Blue Catfish along the river channels.  Although reports this week were few (due to weather) some good fish were reported by fishing the river channels in 40-50 ft range with bottom rigs baited with cut baits.

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