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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/22/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.47  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.60  Surface Temperature - 67
Both lakes are about one half foot below summer pool and on a slow rise.  Earlier this week we were still experiencing blue skies and high pressure as a result of the frontal passage last weekend and most of the bigger Largemouth Bass have been still in the staging areas on creek channels banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays.  

Over the past two days and especially today with the weather change of cloud cover and rain some of the bigger fish are now moving shallow to feed up before the spawn. We picked up a few in the 4-6lbs class this week on both staging banks/points and in the shallows.  I expect we will just see more big fish moving shallow with the current weather forecast and with the full moon coming next week the shallow bite should get into full swing. 

The Crappie anglers have been reporting a sporadic bite this week with some good fish being reported but lower numbers.  Most of the Crappie folks seem to be in agreement that the Black Crappie spawn is over and a good portion of the White Crappie have spawned.  There have been some reports of White Crappie still being taken on spawning banks early and late in the day but the numbers are low.  Most of the Crappie being reported are coming from post spawn patterns by vertically fishing over brush in 10-16 ft of water along creek channels.  

On a brighter note for the pan fishing folks, I have received a number of good reports on the Bluegill and Red Ears this week.  These fish are staging on gravel banks just off the spawning flats and some are also being taken on the spawning flats.  Some good numbers are being reported and no doubt this will only get better with the full moon approaching next week.  Now, here is the bad news, the weather report for this weekend is not great if the current forecast holds true.  We have moderate south winds in the forecast for tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms.  

The National Weather Service is calling for high winds from the south on Saturday with a frontal passage bringing with it a chance for some severe storms including the possibility of some super cells and tornadoes.  Hopefully this will be one of the times they are mistaken, but you folks need to keep an eye on the latest weather forecasts for Saturday for more up to date information on the approaching weather before you venture very far on the lakes.  Right now the weather forecast for next week looks pretty good with highs in the 70's.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the lead in creek channel banks and secondary points near the spawning flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the spawning coves.  These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs, shaky heads and jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the spawning flats around submerged vegetation and brush as they are moving up to late prespawn feeding and spawning.  These fish are being taken on Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, shaky heads, trick worms and jigs.  Some topwater bite on buzzbaits and chug baits as well as spinnerbaits is present but it is sporadic but expect this to increase very soon.  The bass fishing is good with good numbers of fish being taken although most of these are smaller fish, there are some numbers of good fish being taken also.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on gravel bars and gravel banks in the mouths of the bays and main lake cuts where they are spawning with some post spawn Smallmouth now on main lake points.  The spawning fish are taking shaky heads, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits and jigs.  The post spawn fish are being taken on slow rolled spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Hook Some Bass and Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King sexy shad crankbaits, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse and splatterback, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/red on D&L shaky head jigs, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin, watermelon/red, green pumpkin/blue, and watermelon/purple, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple, green pumpkin and watermelon/red and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles along old creek channels in 10-16 ft of water by spider rigging  and vertically jigging small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  Some Crappie are being taken on spawning banks by casting curly tail jigs and road runners early and late in the day.  The Crappie are being reported as some good fish but numbers are only fair.
Bluegill/Red Ear:  The Bluegill and Red Ears are staging on gravel bars and banks near the spawning flats in the creeks and bays.  Some of these fish are already on the spawning flats but not yet spawning, these shallow fish are hanging around the submerged grass on the flats.  There have been a number of reports of good numbers and good sized fish taken this past week by fishing with worms and spider jigs on split shot rigs.  
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in the creek channels for the most part on cut baits and large nightcrawlers fished on bottom rigs.  Some Channel Catfish are roaming the shallow flats and are being taken on nightcrawlers fished on bottom and under bobbers.  We should start seeing some more movement on the Channel Catfish to the rocky flats within the next couple of weeks.  

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