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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/20/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.65  Surface Temperature - 40

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.65  Surface Temperature - 40
Both lakes are about one and one half foot over winter pool.  Well, there has not been much to report on the past month as I am sure everyone is aware, we along with most of the midwest was in a deep freeze the past few weeks.

The water temperatures dropped very low for this area earlier this month and we had ice in the creeks and bays extending in many creeks to the main lake areas.  We have been experiencing a warming trend the past few days, which is normal for this time in January and the ice has been melting, although there is still some ice in the back halves of some of the creeks but this is breaking up with the warmer weather and now some rain associated with a warm front over the area.  

The weather forecast for the weekend is for highs around 60 on Saturday and highs around the upper 50's on Sunday with southwest winds which signals another frontal passage due to come through the area sometime Sunday night or early Monday.  The forecast for next week is for highs in the 40's with night time lows in the upper 20's to low 30's.  There have been a few reports from a few folks that ventured out the past few days with the warmer weather.  

Although the numbers of Largemouth taken were not impressive, the fish that were reported caught were quality fish.  These fish were reported as being taken off ledges with spoons, shaky heads and suspending jerkbaits.  The fishing was reported as slow.  
One of the benefits of the deep freeze we experienced earlier this month was some massive shad kills.  This bodes well for the future fishing as the warmer winters we had over the past few years allowed the shad populations to increase and we needed to get rid of some of the shad.  Reducing the big numbers of shad will provide for some better bass spawns as well as reduce the numbers of the bigger Gizzard Shad that have gotten too big to be forage for the predator fish. 
Last March we had a very good late winter/early spring bite here on the big lakes and I am expecting this year's late winter/early spring bite to be even better now.  Like most of you, I am chomping at the bit to get this new season started.  Now is the time to go over your equipment and get it ready for the up coming season and start planning your fishing trips. 

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.