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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/18/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.12   Surface Temperature - 50

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.95  Surface Temperature - 51
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  The low pressure center that brought the below normal temperatures to the lakes area last weekend hung around to our northwest a little longer than expected this past week and thus our base water temperatures only came up 2 degrees since last week.  The 2 degree rise we did get just happened over the past two days with some warmer weather.  

We are still about 6 degrees behind normal base water temperatures for this time in March on the northern end of both lakes.  The Largemouth bite has ranged from slow to fair this past week with the high pressure and cooler weather.  We have taken some good Largemouth and a number of small fish this week but we still are not seeing the bigger numbers of large fish we normally see for mid March.  We did see some warmer weather today and the barometer started falling late this afternoon indicating the change in weather patterns which are in the forecast for tomorrow and the weekend.  

This weather change should raise our base water temperatures a few more degrees over the next two days and I would expect the Largemouth bite to improve.  The FLW BFL tournament did produce some very nice bags of bass last Saturday but there were a lot of zero and one fish bags too.  The larger bags of bass were mainly taken by tournament anglers that made very long runs to the south end of Ky Lake where the water temperatures are much warmer.  

The forecast for tomorrow and the weekend shows high's in the upper 60's tomorrow and Saturday with south winds.  Another cold front is forecasted to pass by the area on Sunday with high's around 50 and a chance of thunderstorms and rain showers.  
On a better note, the Crappie anglers have been having a feast of a bite all week.  With water levels relatively stable and water temperatures at late prespawn temperatures for Black Crappie and staging prespawn temperatures for White Crappie, the Crappie anglers have been bringing in some very hefty catches.  These catches are being taken on a myriad of patterns from deep water vertical fishing to casting banks in shallow water.  If you are in the market for some good Crappie fishing, now is a great time to be on the lakes.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken back shallow in the creeks and bays, especially near wood cover on shallow running and lipless crankbaits.  

Although the bite has been a little slow to fair over the past week, we have just reached the magic water temperatures for the early prespawn bite to get into full swing so expect the bite to just get better over the next couple of weeks.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits, jigs and curly tail grubs.  Although some nice fish have been reported, the numbers of fish reported has been low.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft slender pointer in pearl ayu, Lucky Craft pointer in aurora black, Rapala Xrap in black/silver and olive, Rapala shadrap in original crawdad, Spro little john in spring craw, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and craw/chartruese, Stike King red eye shad in red craw, blue chrome, gold and gold sexy shad, D&L baby advantage jig in "oops", Last Cast hairy bug jig in black/blue and green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on a myriad of patterns.  Crappie are being taken along old creek channels over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water by vertical jigging and by spider rigging with small tube jigs and curly tail jigs.  Some folks are tipping the jigs with small minnows and Crappie nibbles.  Crappie are also being taken in 4-6 ft of water by casting curly tail jigs both with and without bobbers, especially near wood cover.  Some Crappie are also being taken by fishing with minnows under bobbers around this shallow cover.  Some good catches are Crappie are being reported.

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.