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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/29/2008

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.57  Surface Temperature - 45

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.65  Surface Temperature - 45
Both lakes are one and one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Lake is stained and Lake Barkley is heavily stained.  The reports I received this week on Kentucky Lake indicated a good bite on Largemouth on most days and some bite starting to develop on the Smallmouth.  Reports from Barkley indicate a poor bite over the past week.  

I was on Kentucky Lake this afternoon for a short time and we had some nice Largemouth.  I returned from the Indianapolis Boat Show on Monday and will start my guide season tomorrow.  The weather looks good for tomorrow but high winds out of the south are forecasted for Sunday although it will be warm.  The forecast for Monday and Tuesday at this time indicates a nasty cold front with some thunderstorms on Monday and snow with high north winds on Tuesday.  

Of course the forecast can change at any time during this time of year so be sure and check the latest forecast before venturing on the water.  Remember, the water and air temperatures are definitely in the range for hypothermic conditions should you have an accident or even get wet so be prepared.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on rocky main lake points and banks as well as rocky secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays on medium running crankbaits, suspending jerk and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on humps and ledges near the old creek channels on the same afore mentioned lures.  I have had reports and actually seen some pictures of Largemouth up to lbs. being taken over the past week.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass bite has not been as good as the Largemouth in numbers but some good fish have been taken by fishing main lake humps and ledges near the old creek channels and river channel on Ky Lake.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerk and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Pointers in American shad, aurora black, and table rock shad, Rapallo Shadraps in black/silver, Strike King Custom Shop Flat Shad in shad patterns, Bomber Flat A in shad patterns, Rapallo flat sided DT series in shad patterns, finesse jigs (no name mentioned) in green pumpkin and black/brown.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing over brush piles and deep stake beds on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays in 12-20 ft of water with small jigs and small minnows.  
I am glad to be back home now and ready to start a new season of bass fishing.  Thanks to all the folks that came by the Indianapolis Boat Show to say hello and see my seminars. 

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Photo by Libby Mundy

This male eastern bluebird is looking for an insect to munch on. Easily spotted by binoculars, the males are bluer than the females which are mostly grey in color.