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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/23/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.50  Surface Temperature - 42

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.60  Surface Temperature - 42
Both lakes are one and one half feet above winter pool and there is current present on both lakes.  Well, we finally broke out of the deep freeze we had going in the first part of the month and the weather this week has been overall pretty nice for this time of year with daytime temperatures in the 40's and a number of days with light winds.  This break in the weather brought a number of the local anglers out of the house as they took advantage of the better conditions to go after Crappie and Bass.  

I got a chance to talk to some of these folks and so thought I would give you folks an update on the fishing over the past week.  Crappie anglers have been catching some nice fish by vertically fishing with minnows and minnow/jig combinations over brush piles in 10-20 ft of water along the old creek channel ledges in the creeks and bays as well as on the main lakes.  

One Crappie angler also told me he had been taking Crappie during the mid day hours on sunny days as shallow as 5-6 ft around brush piles by working small jig and minnow combinations under bobbers.  I talked to three different parties that had been bass fishing this week and they all told me they were catching some numbers and a few nice fish by working the current breaks on deep main lake points with suspending jerkbaits and blade baits as well as working the gravel ledges on the main lakes with these lures.  One angler also told me he was taking some nice Smallmouth on rocky deep water points with wood on small hair jigs.  
The weather forecast for the weekend shows we are probably going to have a white Christmas with some light snow on Friday evening and Saturday with flurries on Sunday.  The extended forecast for late next week is presently showing a warming trend with daytime temperatures reaching the low 50's by Thursday, of course this time of year, that forecast can change but if it turns out to be true and you just can't wait to try out that new rod and reel you got for Christmas, you just may get the opportunity.  

Just make sure you check the weather forecast, have a survival kit in the boat and let someone know where you will be fishing and have them check to make sure you made it off the water when you go out this time of year.  I urge you to keep your PFD on at all times when on the water now.  Have a plan on how you will reboard your boat if possible in the event you go overboard, remember, you won't have long to do that with the current water temperatures before your strength is drained and hypothermia sets in. 

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Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.