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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/17/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.39  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.65  Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are about 1 and half feet over summer pool and still being drawn down.  Both lakes are forecasted to be at or near summer pool levels on Saturday.  

Kentucky Lake is clear to stained.  Lake Barkley reports are varied.  North Barkley northside creeks are clearing rapidly.  LBL side creeks on the north end are stained.  Creeks at mid Barkley and south Barkley are reported to be anywhere from stained to heavily stained to muddy.  The rapid draw down of the lakes over the past week moved the larger Largemouth Bass back out of the brush for the most part and the larger fish are staging on lead in creek channel banks and on the flats in deeper water prior to moving in for late prespawn feeding.  

The male (buck bass) have moved up in big numbers to the spawning areas near the brush.  The larger females should be moving back up to the shallow areas in the next few days, especially with the full moon coming on Monday.  

Most reports on the Crappie indicate the Black Crappie have pretty much spawned out.  The White Crappie are being reported as staging on brush piles just off their spawning banks for the most part.  As soon as the water levels stabilize and with the full moon coming early next week the White Crappie should be moving to the banks for spawn.  

I have received a couple of reports that some White Crappie are already shallow and are being taken early and late in the day but not in large numbers yet.  Basically, it appears barring any unforeseen heavy rains and fluctuating water levels that we should be seeing some good catches of both Largemouth Bass and White Crappie next week.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the back halves of the creeks and bays on crankbaits, Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as in many of the spawning coves.  

The smaller male bass have been dominating the shallow water bite around the brush this week and they are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits and lizards and jigs.  Some larger female bass are also being taken on the flats in deeper water around brush piles and stumps as they are staging for late prespawn feeding.  These larger fish are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Reports indicate that Smallmouth Bass are being taken in the bays on pea gravel banks on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Most of the fish being reported are smaller fish with a good Smallmouth now and then. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT crankbaits in parrot, Bandit crankbaits in parrot and rootbeer/chartruese, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and pumpkin/chartruese, Charmer timer pups in purple grass and watermelon purple, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple and Last Cast Lures finesse jigs in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water off spawning banks on minnows and jigs and minnow/jig combinations fished vertically.  Some are being taken near the banks early and late in the day on roadrunners, small curly tail jigs cast to the banks and by fishing with minnows and small jigs under bobbers.  
Bluegill:  Some nice Blue Gill are being taken shallow near the buck brush on worms fished under bobbers.  These fish are not being taken in big numbers yet but some big gills are being reported.  

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.