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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/23/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.77  Surface Temperature - 61

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.90  Surface Temperature - 61
 
Both lakes are two feet over summer pool.  The lakes rose another foot in the past two days to reach their present levels.  The TVA forecast for the next three days at this time is for the water to remain at or near present levels.  There is a good bit of debris on the lakes with the rising waters, especially on Lake Barkley so be very careful while running.  

The forecast for tomorrow and the weekend is for summer like temperatures in the low to mid 80's.  The winds forecast is not good for the weekend so anyone going out should plan their trips accordingly.  The wind tomorrow is forecasted at 20-30 from the SSW and 20 on Saturday from the SSW.  Sunday is a little better with the present forecasted wind for Sunday being 16 from the SSW.  

We have been under the influence of high pressure the past couple of days and this high pressure ridge that is governing our weather is forecasted to be here though the weekend.  This high pressure has slowed the shallow water bite down some on the bigger Largemouth but there are still plenty of short Largemouth biting shallow.  Some shallow good fish are being taken but not in large numbers.  

There are still plenty of Largemouth staging on lead in banks.  Most of the large shallow fish we have taken this past week are not showing any signs of nest fanning yet.  Although we do have some early spawners on the nest, the main spawn has not taken place yet because the water temperatures are just now starting to get to where they need to be to move the bigger fish in shallow.  

These high temperatures we are going to have over the next few days along with the high warm winds should remedy that problem and I expect to see a lot more bigger fish shallow this coming week.  Crappie anglers are still reporting a scattered bite with most of them being taken over staging brush piles but some are being taken on spawning banks.  Crappie are being taken but there are not a lot of limits coming in.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on staging banks and secondary points off the spawning areas in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged and Texas rigged creature baits and lizards, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the spawning flats near brush and submerged mustard flowers.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits and jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are spawning and are being taken on gravel banks in the mouths of the creeks and bay and in gravel cuts off the main lake.  These fish are being taken on curly tail grubs, jigs and tube jigs.  Some nice fish are being reported but no good numbers have been reported.  
 
Some of the productive lures being reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and white, Storm chug baits in shad patterns, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer chartreuse and splatterback, Strike King red eye shad in orange/craw, sexy shad and blue/chrome,  Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, watermelon/red, green pumpkin/red and pumpkin/chartreuse, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, D&L baby advantage jig in cumberland craw and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jig in green pumpkin.  
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over staging brush piles along old creek channels in 10-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with tube jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  Crappie are also being taken along shallow banks, especially early and late in the day by casting curly tail jigs and minnows under bobbers near wood cover.  
 
Bluegill/Red Ears:  Blue gills and Red Ears are being taken on gravel banks and gravel bars near lead in creek channels by fishing with worms on split shot rigs.  Most of these fish seem to be being reported in 6-8 ft of water.  Some scattered Red Ears and Bluegills are also being taken near mustard flowers and brush in the backs of creeks and in shallow cuts on the split shot rigs.  

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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.