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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/15/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.94  Surface Temperature - 54

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.30  Surface Temperature - 55
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  The water temperatures came up fast this week with all the unseasonably warm weather.  The temperatures came up 5 degrees on both lakes over the past 7 days.  We had a nasty cold front move through the lakes area this morning and the temperatures dropped quite a bit and the cold north wind is blowing here today and tomorrow and forecasted to continue somewhat into Saturday.  

The forecast shows a warming trend beginning on Sunday with warmer temperatures in the 60's next week.  Although the Largemouth Bass bite slowed a little after the cold frontal passage last Saturday night it picked back up again with the warming weather this week.  The reports I have received thus far this month indicated the better bite has been on Ky Lake overall but some late reports this week indicated that the bite was starting to pick up on Lake Barkley.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged lizards and tubes.  Largemouth are also being taken in small cuts on the main lake near deep water on crankbaits and shakey head worms.  The rapid rise in water temperatures this week moved a number of Largemouth into the creeks and bays to feed.  These fish are primarily being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks as well as on the shallow flats in the back of the bays.  These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass bite has picked up some this week and reports indicate Smallmouth being taken on main lake pea gravel banks and points on deep diving suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Pointers in aurora black and table rock shad, Rapala Xrap in black/silver, Rapala Shadraps in crawdad and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Wiggle Warts in crawfish patterns, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Berkley Shakey Head worms in green pumpkin and Lewis Rattletrap in blue/chrome and rootbeer.
Crappie:  The Crappie action picked up considerably this week with the warming water. I have received reports of Crappie being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks by casting jigs, Crappie being taken in shallow water around brush piles on minnows under bobbers and Crappie being taken by vertically jigging with small jigs over deeper brush along creek channels in 12-15 ft of water.  We had two Crappie in the boat this week while bass fishing on secondary creek channel banks that would have gone around 2lbs each.  I also saw a number of big Crappie being taken by anglers casting jigs to the same type points and creek channel banks this week.  

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.