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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/06/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.72  Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.99  Surface Temperature - 46
Both lakes are approximately 2 feet over winter pool.  Earlier this week the temperatures were frigid to say the least following a nasty cold front that moved through the lakes area last weekend.  The temperatures started to rebound on Wednesday and yesterday it warmed nicely, but with the warming came high winds from the south.  

The forecast for today and this weekend is for more high winds from the south in the 20-30 mph range with higher gusts.  Folks venturing on the big lakes this weekend need to be very cautious as these winds will make the lakes very rough to handle if you are on the main lake areas.  Despite the various weather extremes this week, the Largemouth Bass fishing has been good considering the conditions.  Good catches are being reported. 

From my experience this past week of having taken Largemouth on both extreme post frontal and prefrontal conditions this early, I would say we should be in for a really great season of Largemouth fishing.  The Smallmouth fishing has been somewhat slow for any numbers of fish but some good single fish have been taken.  Good catches of Crappie were also reported this week.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points and on channel banks as well as in the creeks and bays on secondary points and channel banks.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and finesse jigs.  Largemouth Bass are also being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays near channels especially on the warmer days on shallow running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs on main lake primary and secondary points as well as the first secondary points and channel banks near the mouths of the deeper bays.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointers in pearl ayu and aurora black, Rapala shadrap in crawdad and black/silver, Spro little johnny crankbaits in craw patterns, Strike King red eye shad in black/red and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in black/red and blue/chrome, D&L baby advantage jigs in oops pattern and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken in brush piles in 12-15 ft of water near old creek channels.  These fish are taking small minnows and minnow/jig combinations by spider rigging over the brush piles.  Many of the Crappie anglers I have talked to are reported numbers of small Crappie but also some nice slabs on this pattern.

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Honker Lake
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

In June these beautiful lily pads are in full bloom at Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes. Honker Lake is a great place for wildlife viewing and hiking.