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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/10/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 364.16  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 364.10  Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are 5 feet over summer pool and the dams are spilling water on a drawdown.  At the present time the lakes are being drawn down about 6 inches a day and the TVA forecast is for this to continue for the next 3 days.  

Lake Barkley is muddy.  Kentucky Lake is stained.  We have had high winds most of this week and the high winds are forecasted to continue thru the weekend.  A cold front with severe storms is coming thru the lakes area this evening.  Be very careful when running on the lakes, there is a lot of debris on both lakes.  

I dodged everything from big duck blinds to pontoon floats, chairs, tables and logs this week on Ky Lake.  The Largemouth Bass bite on Ky Lake is still good but not as good as it was last week.  This is due to the rapid rise in water levels late last week which scattered the fish somewhat.  One can still catch a respectable number of fish but not as many as we had been catching the week before.  

With the lakes now on draw down, if this continues, the very good bite we had last week should return pretty quick after the effects of this cold front are gone early next week.  The drawdown should reposition the fish that scattered back into the jungles with the water rising fast last week.  The Crappie fishing is being reported as being somewhat slow and scattered.  Crappie are being taken but not in big numbers yet.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being taken around the buck brush and flooded willow and cypress trees in the backs of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Texas and Florida rigged  tubes, creature baits and lizards, jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures.  

Largemouth are also being taken on lead in creek channel banks and secondary creek channel points on crankbaits, jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits and lizards and tube jigs.  Overall the Largemouth fishing is good on most days depending on which side of the frontal passages you are fishing.  As mentioned before, the Largemouth fishing is not quite as good as it was week before last but I expect the better bite to return with the lakes being drawn down.  

Normally, mid April signals the beginning of the late prespawn feed and since the lakes are already over summer pool should be concentrating more and more on the late prespawn areas around the front of the brush.
Smallmouth Bass:  There are very few reports of Smallmouth Bass being taken in any numbers.  Some are being taken on the pea gravel banks in the mouths of the bays on the east side of Ky Lake as they are spawning on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatter Buzz buzzbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Zoom brush hogs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and black/blue, Last Cast and PJ's jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows and minnow/jig combinations over brush piles in 12-20 ft of water near the creek channels.  Some Crappie are being taken in shallow water near the flooded brush and trees but the bite is reported as scattered.

Basically, the Crappie fishing is being reported as slow with some fair days depending on the water level fluctuations.  We should see the Crappie bite pick up and the spawn should be getting started very soon, much of this depends on how long we are going to have the water levels unstable.
Bluegill:  Some nice Bluegill are being taken near the flooded brush in shallow water.  The numbers are not big but the fish are nice.  These fish are being taken on worms fished under bobbers.  

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This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.