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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/12/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.63  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 58
Both lakes are about 2.5 ft below summer pool and on a slow rise. A number of folks have asked me why the lakes are so low but the fact is the lakes are exactly where they are supposed to be on the TVA River Operating System Guide.  I know we are all wanting to see the water in the flowers and brush and it will happen soon...right on schedule it appears. You can check the present lake levels vs the TVA Operating System Guide on the TVA website.  

Just as I expected in the last report the lake temperatures dropped a few more degrees over the past week.  The drop in water temperatures seems to have leveled off now over the past few days.  We have been having a lot of wind out of the north lately in addition to the below normal seasonal temperatures.  The forecast for Saturday is calling for cool temperatures in the low to mid 50's with heavy rains and high winds.  

The forecast calls for a return to more seasonable temperatures next week.  The rapid drop in water temperatures started taking its toll on the bite early this week and fishing has been overall slower on Crappie and Bass but the fish are still biting...you just have to be a little more patient and move around a little more.  We should see an improvement in the fishing over the next week if the forecasted return to more normal temperatures holds and the forecasted rise in the water levels.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays on creek channel banks and associated secondary points as well as on the flats off the spawning flats.  They are being taken on jigs, Texas rigged lizards and worms, shakey head worms, spinnebaits and lipless crankbaits.  Some fish are on the beds from the earlier high water temperatures especially on the south ends of the lakes but there are still plenty of prespawn fish which should get more active as the water levels and water temperatures rise over the next couple of weeks.  

The fishing slowed over the past few days but targeting rock and wood with the slower presentations is catching fish.  Some fish are also being taken in the warm part of the day on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits on the flats.  
Smallmouth Bass:  I have not received many reports on the Smallmouth as the wind has kept most folks from targeting them lately combined with the fact that the Smallmouth are on spawning and early post spawn patterns.  I have received a few reports though of some Smallmouth being taken on carolina rigged lizards and crawfish imitations as well as grubs fished on jigheads along rocky creek channel banks.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and rootbeer, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin and missouri craw, Berkley shakey head worms in green pumpkin, Zoom lizards in pumpkin/chartruese
Crappie:  The Crappie have been slow from all the reports I have received over the past week.  Most of the reports indicate that the White Crappie are still holding on deeper brush piles in 6-12 ft of water and are being taken by casting curly tail jigs to the deeper brush and by vertically fishing with small minnows and minnow/jig combinations.  

I have gotten a few reports of scattered shallow crappie taking minnows and small jigs fished under bobbers around brush and stake beds.  With the forecasted warming next week we should see an improvement in the Crappie fishing.  

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