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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/26/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.19  Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.30  Surface Temperature - 57
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool.  A slow rise is forecasted of about 6 inches over the coming weekend.  We had a cold front come thru the lakes area last Friday and the water temperatures dropped back to 54 degrees by Saturday morning.  A warming trend this week has brought the water temperatures back up.  

A cold front came thru the area this week dumping some heavy rains but it was not harsh cold front so water temperatures were not really affected.  The heavy rains resulted in some stained water in the backs of the creeks and bays on Kentucky Lake and stained to heavily stained water in some of the creeks on Lake Barkley.  The bite was a little slower this week after the frontal passage but we are still catching a number of Largemouth with some reports of good bags being taken depending on the area of the lakes you are fishing.  

We have a myriad of patterns going on the Largemouth as some fish are starting to transition in the creeks and bays and some fish are still staging.  Overall, the Crappie anglers are reporting good catches of Crappie as the Black Crappie are spawning and nearing spawn and the White Crappie are staging for spawn.  We have an upper level disturbance forecasted to come over the lakes on Friday bringing showers.  

Another cold front is forecast to pass just north of the lakes on Saturday.  With this passage, showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecasted with highs in the 60's dropping to the 50's in the afternoon.  The forecast has been fluid on this the past two days so take care to get the latest forecast before going on the water this weekend.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as staging ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  

These transition fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the creeks and bays on lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  As you can tell from the varied patterns, the Largemouth are beginning their spring transition now.  As the water warms and rises over the next couple of weeks more and more Largemouth will start showing up shallow.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on primary points and main lake secondary points as well as on secondary points and creek channel banks in the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits and jigs.  Some good fish are being reported although good numbers of these fish are still lacking.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week have been:  Lucky Craft pointer in pearl ayu, custom painted Lucky Craft pointer in blue steel*, Mega Bass 110 power jerkbait in ito-wakasagi,  Rapala shadraps in blue steel, crawdad and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in crawfish/chartreuse and rootbeer chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in orange/craw and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome and black/red, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin, D&L baby advantage jigs in oops and Cumberland craw patterns and Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw.  
*-The pointer mentioned here is one that I had custom painted by a new company that is coming online soon.  This company has its own line of lures as well as they have assembled some of the top custom lure painters in the country to paint their lures as well as any other brand crankbait.  You may have seen some of the lures this company has had painted on Basszone.com a couple of weeks ago with Skeet Reese.  The name of this company is MOAB.  This company is projected to go online at www.moabcustombaits.com  on May 1st.  Look for this company to make some waves in the custom painted baits community in the coming future.  
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reportedly taking Black Crappie by casting jigs and roadrunners on banks with brush piles in 4-6 ft of water.  Blacks are also being taken around the brush piles on minnows fished under bobbers.  White Crappie are being taken on staging brush piles and mats in the creeks in 10-15 ft of water by casting jigs and also spider rigging small jigs and small minnows.  Crappie anglers are out in force and a lot of Crappie are being brought into the cleaning stations.  
The spring bite is in full swing on the big lakes and a lot of anglers are taking advantage of the hungry fish.  If you have not gotten out yet this season you need to plan a trip to our lakes soon.

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