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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/11/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.55  Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.65  Surface Temperature- 47
 
Both lakes are 2.5 ft above winter pool.  We have been experiencing above average temperatures here in the lakes area lately with some really windy days and some storms but we have also had some very nice days in between with calmer winds and warm days.  

The forecast for tomorrow looks good for a nice day on the water but it appears we will return to more seasonal temperatures for the coming week.  As mentioned in my last report, I will only be writing a report during the months of January and February when I have received enough information to write what I feel is a valid report.  Over the past week or so I have received some good reports so I thought it was time to pass these along.
 
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:  Both species are being taken on main lake points.  The more productive points have been those gravel points on the east side of Ky Lake and rip rap points on the west side of the lake that are facing the sun.  These fish are being taken on small suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and finesse jigs.  Some of the productive lures have been Lucky Craft pointers and staycees in shad patterns, Rapala shadraps in black/silver and crawdad, Eakins and Last Cast finesse jigs in black/brown and peanut butter jelly.  It seems overall that the jigs are getting more numbers of fish but the suspending jerkbaits are getting more big fish.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on old creek channels over brush piles in 16-20 ft of water by spider rigging small minnows and jigs.  Some Crappie are being taken shallow by fishing with small minnows and small jigs under bobbers over brush piles off the same points as the bass are being taken.  One bass angler that I talked to today said he was even catching some big Crappie fishing the points with the small jerkbaits for bass.
 
Sauger:  Sauger are being taken around the mouths of the bays where the old creek channels meet the old river channel in 20-30 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on curly tail jigs tipped with a minnow.

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Coyote
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.