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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/24/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.59  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.85  Surface Temperature - 65
Both lakes are fluctuating daily about 6 inches between one foot below summer pool and one half feet below summer pool.  Hopefully this fluctuation will end soon and the lakes will be at summer pool and holding steady.  We have had some great weather this week, although unseasonably warm, but at least we are not getting all the rain that we have had over the past month or so.  

The warmer weather has raised the water temperatures like a rocket this week and we are finally getting the temperatures we needed to get the main spawn on White Crappie and Largemouth Bass going.  Crappie anglers are reporting very good catches this week on spawning and late prespawn White Crappie and some post spawn Black Crappie mixed in.  

The female late prespawn Largemouth Bass are moving up shallow in some numbers now and more are still on the lead in banks and secondary points to come in.  The Largemouth bite is very good and improving with each day.  The weather forecast is for rain tomorrow with a frontal passage and then more seasonable temperatures after the frontal passage with highs in the 60's and 70's next week.  Yes, we are late on the White Crappie and Largemouth spawns but the spring ritual is finally here and next week promises to be even better than this week.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on prespawn and late prespawn patterns for the most part, with fish being taken shallow near the buck brush and also on the creek channel banks and associated secondary points.  

The shallow late prespawn fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes as well as jigs and deadsticked worms.  The prespawn bass that are still on the lead in banks are being taken on crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards, shaky heads and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some post spawn Smallmouth are being taken on pea gravel banks in the bays and on the main lake on jigs, tube jigs and grubs.  This bite is reported to be scattered.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatter Buzz buzzbaits in black and white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white and blue glimmer, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot, Bandit crankbaits in parrot and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon seed, Charmer timber pups in purple grass and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken early and late in the day by casting shorelines with road runners and curly tail jigs as well as fishing minnows and jigs under bobbers in 3-6 ft of water.  During the day Crappie are being taken on minnows and jigs under bobbers fished over brush piles in 6-8 ft of water off the spawning banks.  The bite is reported to be good.
Bluegill:  Some bigger bluegill are being taken shallow near the buck brush on worms fished under bobbers but the bite is scattered.  Some of the smaller Bluegill are showing up shallow near bedding areas in the cuts and backs of the bays.  Look for the Bluegill to be bedding soon.  I have also received a number of reports of good Shell Crackers being taken near the buck brush but not in large numbers yet.  I have myself had a number of these fish biting the tails off my lizards while fishing for shallow bass this week.
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leeches.  Some Channel Cats are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on nightcrawlers fished on bottom rigs.  

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