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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/14/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.96  Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.20  Surface Temperature - 48
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool.  We have had heavy rains in the lakes area this week which dumped 4-5 inches of rain around mid week.  The forecast is for more rain (around .5 inches) mixed with snow tonight and tomorrow.  A winter weather advisory has been issued for the lakes area for tonight and Saturday.  It looks like it would be a good weekend to finish up that Christmas shopping.  

Fishing reports have been very scarce since the heavy rains hit us earlier in the week.  Early this week reports indicated that a lot of the bass have moved to winter patterns on main lake points and ledges.  With the cold weather now here and reports being scarce I will only update my weekly reports when I feel there is enough information to write a valid report for the rest of the winter.  If you are coming here to fish this winter and I have not updated my report, feel free to call or email me and I will give you the latest of any information I have.  
Largemouth Bass:  Some Largemouth are still being taken on secondary creek channel points near the mouths of the bays and on main lake primary points.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits, shaky head worms and blade baits.  Largemouth are also now being taken on the ledges with blade baits, jigs and spoons.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, jigs and blade baits.  
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft pointer in chartreuse shad, Rapala husky jerk in clown, Silver Buddy in silver, Zoom finesse worm (on shaky head) in green pumpkin, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer chartreuse and Last Cast Finesse jigs in green pumpkin with matching paca craw trailer.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on the old creek channels near the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on spider rigs fished with minnows and small jigs in 15-20 ft of water over deep wood.  
Sauger:  Sauger are being taken near the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water using curly tail jigs tipped with minnows

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