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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/07/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.72  Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 50
Both lakes are nearly 3 ft over winter pool.  Both lakes are forecasted to be pulled down .7 ft over the next 3 days.  Kentucky Lake is clear to slightly stained.  Lake Barkley is stained.  The water temperatures are rising nicely and with the forecast of highs in the 60's and 70's over the next 7 days with lows around 50 we should see some good early spring water temperatures very soon.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass fishing this week has been good.  I have received a number of good reports of Largemouth catches. These fish are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points mostly with a few reports of fish being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are being taken with medium running crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, blade baits,  jigs and shakey head worms.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been somewhat slow this week.  The reports I have received all indicated a single fish here and there  being taken on main lake primary and secondary pea gravel points on suspending jerkbaits.  I did find some nice Smallmouth today on a river channel ledges suspended around 17 ft in 25 ft of water.  I expect we will see more Smallmouth on the points within the next week as the water warms a little more. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Pointer in aurora black and table rock shad, Rapala Xrap in black/silver, Rapala Shad Rap in crawdad,  Rattletraps in rootbeer, Wiggle Warts in crayfish patterns, Berkley Power Baits Shakey Head worm in green pumpkin, blade baits in chartruese, black/chartruese and silver and Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  The Crappie reports this week indicated the bite had slowed somewhat from last week at least in the numbers being taken.  Reports indicate that Crappie are being taken on the old creek channel ledges over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water by vertically jigging with small jigs.  Some reports also indicated some Crappie being taken off brush piles in 3-6 ft of water off secondary points and creek channel banks.  The scattered reports would indicate that the Crappie are moving to staging areas.
I have not received any reports of other species...it seems as is normal for this time of year that anglers are either focused on the Bass or Crappie.

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