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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/12/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.32  Surface Temperature - 44

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.25  Surface Temperature - 44
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and rising.  Heavy rains upriver over the past couple of weeks has the lakes rising and at the present time are forecasted to top out at around 3ft above winter pool over the weekend.  There is good current being generated on both lakes right now and this should continue for next week.  

The weather forecast for the weekend is for a warming trend with another cold front due to transition the lakes area on Monday.  Moderate south winds are expected on Saturday and high south winds are forecasted for Sunday.  Anglers venturing onto the main lakes need to be very careful with these wind forecasts and the cold water temperatures that we now have.  Hypothermia is a real threat this time of year, especially when the wind is up and it is easy to get wet.  

If you are venturing out, you should let someone know when and where you will be fishing and when you expect to return and have them check to make sure you got back in safely.  You should keep a survival kit in your boat with a change of clothes, fire starting materials, signal flares and keep your cell phone in a waterproof bag.  Anglers should also keep their PFD's on at all times.  At the present water temperatures, if you fall into the water, your ability to maneuver and swim is short lived.  
I have only received a few fishing reports over the past week as many anglers have been avoiding the cold weather we have had in the area lately.  The reports I have received on the Largemouth and Smallmouth indicate that the best bite has been on primary points on the main lake using suspending jerkbaits and shaky heads.  Lucky Craft pointers in table rock shad and black aurora have been the most reported colors for the suspending jerkbaits.   

Shaky heads baited with finesse worms and small creature baits in green pumpkin and black have been producing some fish around stumps and brush piles off the points.  I have not had any reports on the ledges, but this is the time of year that blade baits such as the silver buddy and finesse jigs normally are productive on shallow ledges where the water tops out in the 5.- 8 ft range dropping into 20-25 ft.

Although I have not yet received any reports since the current started flowing in the past few days, this current flow should be setting up the Smallmouth on the main lake points on current breaks and this would be a great pattern to try when the wind allows.  Suspending jerkbaits would be my lure of choice on this pattern with some slow rolled crankbaits such as Rapala shadraps.  
I have received some reports that Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing deep brush piles around the mouths of the creeks and on old creek channels on the main lake in 15-20 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on small tube jigs baited with minnows.  There has also been some few reports of Crappie being taken around docks with brush piles on minnows fished under bobbers. 
As per usual during the winter months, I will only update my reports as I get enough verifiable reports on the fishing.  I do not guide in the winter months so if you have some fishing experience you would like to share with me, feel free to drop me an email or give me a call.  Also, if you are planning on going fishing this winter, I have no problem sharing with you the recent reports I have, just give me a call or drop me an email.  

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.