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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/25/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.60  Surface Temperature - 52

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.60  Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes are 3.6 ft above winter pool and on a slow rise.  Due to flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers the TVA is holding the water back on both lakes and they have been rising steadily over the past few days.  We currently have levels we normally do not see until mid April.  This rising water has some debris floating in both lakes so be careful when running, I dodged a number of logs on Kentucky Lake yesterday.

The Largemouth Bass bite on Northern Kentucky lake remains about the same as it was last week, that is, you can catch a number of fish but they are mostly short fish but some keepers and an occasional big fish are being taken.  We are catching as many fish in the 4 plus pound range as we would expect to at this time in March, but then again our base water temperatures are still running about 6 degrees behind normal.  

The larger bags of heavy fish are still coming from south of Paris, Tn on the south end of the lake.  This past weekend the BASS Weekend Series tournament was won with a nice 24 lbs bag, reportedly caught down south on Ky Lake but only 8 limits were weighed and two thirds of the field had 2 keeper fish or less.  The Fishers of Men tournament held out of The Moor's only had one limit of bass weighed and the winning weight was 12 lbs.  

The better bite on the Largemouth has been on the warmer days when the water temperatures reach the mid 50's during the afternoon.  Shaky Heads have been the ticket for more numbers of fish but most of the big fish are coming either on jerkbaits, medium and shallow running crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  I have said this for the past two weeks:  Hopefully the water temperatures will warm up to something near normal and we should see a better bite on more numbers of big fish soon.  On the other hand, the Crappie anglers are still having a very good bite and are bringing in good numbers of nice Crappie to the fish cleaning stations.  I have reports of Crappie being taken deep and shallow all week. 

We have a cold front passing though the lakes area this afternoon with rain and scattered thunderstorms. The forecast for tomorrow is for post frontal cooler weather with a high in the mid 50's and north quadrant winds, the forecast for Saturday is for partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60's with south winds, Sunday the forecast is for highs again in the upper 50's with southwest winds and a 60% chance of rain....as per normal for this time of year, you should check the latest weather forecasts before venturing on the water as the weather can change rapidly and you don't want to get caught out on the big lakes in spring storms and/or high winds.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water in the coves and on the flats in the creeks and bays on shallow running and lipless crankbaits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays on suspending jerkbaits, shaky heads and curly tail grubs.  I have received a few reports that more Smallmouth are now being taken as we are moving closer to their spawning time.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft pointer in aurora black, Rapala Xraps in black/silver and olive,  Rapala shadraps in original crawdad, Spro little john crankbaits in spring craw, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Zoom finesse worms in green pumpkin/purple and Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin blue fished on shaky heads, Xcaliber one knockers lipless crankbaits in Rayburn red and Royal red, Strike King red eye shad in red/craw, D&L baby advantage jigs in "oops" pattern and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie fishing has been good this past week with catches coming in 8-12 ft of water over brush piles in the creeks and bays by spider rigging small tube jigs and small minnows as well as vertically jigging small jigs .  Crappie are also being taken in 4-6 ft of water on banks, especially early and late in the day by casting curly tail jigs, road runners and fishing with tube jigs and minnows under bobbers around shallow brush piles.  

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Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.