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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/15/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.20  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.30  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are approximately one foot below summer pool and on a slow rise.  We have had unseasonably warm weather this week with high's in the 80's and blue sky's as high pressure dominated the weather since Monday.  The best Largemouth bite this week has been early in the morning and before the sun gets overhead.  

I saw quite a number of Largemouth cruising in the shallows this week, but these fish have been somewhat spooky with the flat water and blue skies.  The best pattern this week for keeper and bigger fish has been on lead in channel banks and secondary points where they are staging to move in for the spawn. The Largemouth fishing has been good for numbers this week and fair for numbers of keeper and bigger fish. The Smallmouth bass are bedding and some reports of nice fish have come in although the numbers of Smallmouth taken are only fair. 

The Crappie bite reported this week has been pretty much a mirror of the Largemouth as far as feeding activity.  The better bite is being reported as early and late in the day on spawning banks and then backing out to staging brush piles off the banks in deeper water during the day. The weather forecast for tomorrow is highs in the low 80's again but a weak cold front is forecasted to pass thru the lakes area tomorrow evening. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is for highs around 70 and north quadrant winds behind the frontal passage.  The forecast for next week is for more seasonal temperatures with highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's with light winds.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken in the creeks and bays on creek channel banks and secondary points on medium running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in shallow water, especially early in the day on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, shaky heads and jigs.  The fish coming from the shallows are mostly small buck bass but this should change very soon as more females that are staging move from the staging banks and points to shallow water for spawning.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on gravel banks and points in the creeks and bays as well as on gravel bars on the main lake as they are spawning right now.  The best depths are around 9-12 ft of water for the bedding fish.  These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Strike King red eye shad in gold chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom trick worms and Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on D&L shaky head jigs and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits paca chunk.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on spawning banks in 4-6 ft of water early and late in the day with curly tail jigs, road runners as well as minnow and small jigs retrieved slowly under bobbers.  Crappie are being taken over staging brush piles off the banks in 8-12 ft of water during the day by spider rigging and vertical fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  
Bluegill/Redear:  Some Bluegill and Redear are being reported in shallow water on the flats in the creeks and bays with gravel bottoms.  These fish are being taken on splitshot rigs and spider jigs on bottom and worms under bobbers.  The number of shallow fish is still being reported as low and scattered.  

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