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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/13/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.25  Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.35  Surface Temperature - 49
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Lake Barkley is heavily stained to muddy.  Kentucky Lake is stained.  There has not been a lot of fishing activity here at the lakes since the big ice storm that hit the area 3 weeks ago but now that things are getting back to somewhat normalcy some folks I know have been out bass fishing on Ky Lake the past couple of days and well on some late winter/early spring patterns.  I have not had many reports on the Crappie yet but will publish some information as the Crappie anglers get back on the water and some information becomes available. 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points as well as on channel banks.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits.  Fish are also being taken on lipless crankbaits in the creeks and bays on warmer days.    
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points on slow rolled crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala Xrap in olive green, Rapala shadrap in crawdad and black/silver, Strike King medium running crankbaits in green tomato and crawfish/chartruese.  Lewis rattletraps and Strike King red eye shads in black/red.   
I will start putting out weekly reports again every Thursday beginning the first week of March.  If I get enough valid information between now and then I will publish interim reports.  I will be back on the water myself the first week of March.  
I would like to thank and the great folks that contacted me to offer assistance when they heard about the ice storm here and the associated long power outage and damage.  It is great to know there are so many good folks willing to assist.  We still have a good number of folks without power here and many of us are without internet.  I am able to get on the net right now thanks to the good folks at Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville.  These great folks are letting me use their internet connection each day to continue working my emails and keep my bookings going.  
I apologize to all those folks that we had to cancel their scheduled class on Eliminating Water due to the power outage.   I have rescheduled all but a couple of folks and if you read this and have not talked to me and your class was cancelled...please contact me as I cannot find your contact information.
Well, we are on the threshold of a new season.  You can see signs of a new season everywhere but no where is it more obvious than at The Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville and The Cabin Bait and Tackle in Kuttawa, the two best stocked tackle shops in the lakes area. Both stores are receiving shipments of the latest lures and tackle daily so stop by and check out the latest additions for your tackle box.  

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