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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/05/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 355.76   Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 355.8  Surface Temperature - 50
 
Both lakes are nearing two feet over winter pool as a result of heavy rains upriver late last week.  Both lakes have current flowing.  Although not a lot of reports are available I did receive some reports from anglers that were on the lakes over the past holiday weekend.  
 
Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass:  I had reports of both of these species being taken on main lake points and on rip rap banks on Ky Lake with suspending jerkbaits, suspending crankbaits and blade lures.  The reports indicated that Lucky Craft pointers in chartruese shad, Rapala Husky Jerks in blue/chrome/orange, suspended Bomber crankbaits in white and silver buddies in silver and gold were taking fish.  I had a report of a 20lb 5 fish bag being taken in a small tournament on suspending jerkbaits but did not get the information on what model or color pattern.
 
Crappie:  I have had a number of reports of Crappie being taken over brush piles in the bays in 12-15ft of water with small jigs and minnows fished vertically.  I also received a couple of reports of Crappie being taken on the main lake ledges in 18-20 ft of water using the same baits.  
 
Sauger:  I have received a number of reports of Sauger being taken around the Paris bridge area and on the north end of the lake near the canal.  These fish are reportedly being taken on one ounce jigs in white and chartruese tipped with large minnows.  With the good current we are now having this should be a very productive time for these fish.  
 
Catfish:  I have not received any reports on the Catfish but this is historically the time of year for big trophy Blue Catfish to be taken along the river channels, especially on Lake Barkley by fishing with cut baits on bottom rigs.  

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