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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/06/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.17  Surface Temperature - 47

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.45  Surface Temperature - 48
Both lakes have risen over the past few days almost 3 ft and are less than a foot below summer pool.  This rise is a result of heavy rains we had in the lakes area earlier in the week.  Lake Barkley is heavily stained to muddy with quite a bit of floating debris.  Kentucky Lake is stained with some of the creeks being heavily stained.  Prior to the rains the bass bite on both lakes was very good for Largemouth and good for Smallmouth.  

The bite has slowed some but is still fair on the Largemouth.  We have a winter storm warning for the lakes area tonight thru Saturday morning with a high winds warning. Snow accumulations are forecasted to be between 4-6 inches with local accumulations possible to 10 inches. The weekend appears to be a wash out for any fishing except maybe on Sunday.  If the forecast for next week remains the same we should see some warmer and more fisherman friendly weather.  The bite on Barkley as reported slow remains slow with the better bite being on Kentucky Lake.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and humps near creek channels on the main lake on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points and creek channel banks on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and shaky head worms.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on main lake humps and ledges near old creek channels.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala husky jerks in black/silver and olive green, Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black and American shad, Rapala shadraps in black/silver and original crawdad, Strike King Custom Shop flat shad crankbaits in shad patterns, Bomber Flat A in shad patterns, Lew's rattle traps in black/red,  and Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin and black/brown.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in 12 - 20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and small minnows over mats near old creek channels around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  Some Black Crappie are being reported to be along creek channel banks and secondary points around wood cover in the bays.  These fish appear to moving in on the warmer days and staging for spawn.  
FLASH:  The BASS Weekend Series tournament scheduled to launch out of Lake Barkley State Resort Park on Saturday, March 8th has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.  This tournament has been rescheduled for August.  
The weather has been pretty lousy this week with the exception of last weekend and yesterday.  But, spring is coming and next week looks pretty good right now.  The warm weather we had last weekend really turned the bass on and a number of tournament weights over 20lbs were reported with one tournament having a winning weight at almost 30lbs.  This bite should return as soon as the weather settles down.

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This eagle has "puffed up" his feathers to appear more threatening. He hopes to intimidate a nearby enemy.