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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/19/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.59  Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.70  Surface Temperature - 56
Both lakes are about one and one half feet above winter pool.  As reported the past couple of weeks, the Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be very good on both lakes.  An example of this is the fact that we did not have one day so far this week without at least one 6lbs bass in the boat.  The Smallmouth continue to be eluding us in numbers but we are catching some good one and two fish Smallmouth.  

The Crappie anglers are reporting good catches of both Black Crappie and White Crappie.  The Black Crappie have been moving shallow for spawn and  the White Crappie are staging in the creeks and bays.  The weather forecast for the weekend looks pretty good with sunny skies and high 50's on Friday, a chance of rain with temperatures in the high 50's on Saturday and Sunday looks great with temperatures in the mid to high 60's.  Folks, if you have not been out fishing  on our lakes yet this spring, you need to get on the water here, the fish are biting.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on early prespawn patterns on main lake primary and secondary points and secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These early prespawn fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits, shaky head rigs and jigs.  Additionally, there are some early late prespawn Largemouth being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays, especially on warm days.  These fish are chasing shad and are taking lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points as well as on the first few secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and jigs.  
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointer in pearl ayu, Mega Bass 110 power jerkbait in ito-wakasagi, Rapala xrap in olive green, Rapala shadraps in black/silver and crawdad, Bandit crankbaits in crawfish chartreuse, Spro little johnny crankbaits in spring craw, Lewis rattletraps in black/red and blue/chrome, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in orange/craw and blue/chrome, Zoom green pumpkin trick worms on shaky head rigs, D&L baby advantage jigs in oops pattern and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin (both these jigs with a green pumpkin Net Baits tiny or baby paca craw trailer).
Crappie:  Black Crappie are being taken on shallow creek channel banks, especially those with wood cover,  casting curly tail jigs and road runners as well as with minnows fished under bobbers.  These fish are being taken from 2-6 ft of water.  The White Crappie are being taken over brush piles along old creek channels and off creek channel points in 10-15 ft of water by casting jigs and roadrunners as well as by fishing vertically with tube jigs and minnows.  

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