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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/01/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.95  Surface Temperature -  39-40

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.00  Surface Temperature - 39-40
 
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool.  The water temperatures have dropped about 7 degrees over the past two weeks.  The wind and winter weather has kept most folks off the water this past week.  I received a number of reports on the bass fishing earlier this week from last weekend and the week prior.  

Good numbers of Largemouth were still being taken on Kentucky Lake although it appeared most of the fish were moving deeper as the water temperatures were dropping and were being taken on ledges and off deep main lake points.  On some of the warmer days we have been getting between the fronts, some fish are being taken on rocky main lake points and rip rap points just inside the creeks and bays.  Although Smallmouth reports indicate that they are not being taken in good numbers, some nice Smallmouth have been taken on the main lake points near the river channels.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on ledges and on deep main lake points.  These fish are being taken on blade lures such as the silver buddy and finesse jigs.  Ledges in the 10 ft range dropping into 20 ft seem to be the best producing.  On some of the warmer days just prior to the fronts coming through, some Largemouth are being taken on small crankbaits and finesse jigs on rocky main lake points and rip rap banks just inside the mouths of the creeks and bays.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points near the river channels on finesse jigs and blade lures such as the silver buddy.
 
Some of the productive lures reported over the past two weeks have been:  Silver Buddies in silver and gold, Last Cast finesse jigs in black and green pumpkin, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and Rapala Shadraps in black/silver.  
 
Crappie:  The Crappie bite this winter has been reported to be overall good.  Most of these fish are being taken over deep brush piles along the old creek channels near the mouths of the creeks and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on small jigs and minnows fished vertically on ledges falling from 10-20 ft.  
 
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its annual fishing forecast for 2008.  The forecast indicates the following information on bass and crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley:
 
Kentucky Lake:  Largemouth Bass -  Excellent with a high density of fish over 15" and an increasing number of fish over 18".   Crappie - Good with a good population of Crappie in the 11-13" range.  
 
Lake Barkley:  Largemouth Bass - Excellent with a high number of fish in the 12-20" range.  Crappie - Good with high numbers of fish over in the 10" and over size range.
 
You can read the 2008 fishing forecast by visiting the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources web site.

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The Homeplace
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The Single Pen Cabin is one of many historic buildings at the Homeplace 1850's working farm in Land Between The Lakes.