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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/10/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.74  Surface Temperature - 52

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.85  Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes are only a few inches below summer pool and on a slow rise.  The lakes have continued a slow rise over the past week as heavy rains came through the area and up river from us last weekend and earlier this week.  Both lakes have strong current as water is being spilled at both dams.  The lakes are forecasted to continue rising with levels currently forecasted to be one and one half foot over summer pool by midnight Saturday.  

The forecasted levels have been changing quite often over the past few days as conditions change.  There are flood warnings issued for the Ohio River and more water is forecasted to be coming into the lakes from upriver so one should monitor the lake levels and latest forecasts for the latest changes.  
The water conditions are as follows:
Lake Barkley:  The creeks and bays are muddy.  The main lake is heavily stained to muddy.  
Kentucky Lake:  Some of the creeks and bays are muddy.  Some of the creeks and bays range from heavy stain to light stain.  The main lake on Kentucky Lake ranges from stained to light stain.  
There is wood debris on both lakes.  Boaters need to take care and be watchful for debris hazards while running the lakes, especially in the main river channels.  
The weather forecast for the weekend is for a warming trend  on Saturday as the next cold front approaches.  Highs range from mid 60's on Saturday to upper 50's on Sunday with night time lows around 40.  This next cold front is projected to pass though the area sometime Sunday.  Heavy precipitation is not expected with this frontal passage at this time.  

A warming trend is expected beginning on Tuesday.  Of course this is March and weather patterns can change rapidly so those of you that are planning to venture on the lakes should monitor the latest weather and wind forecasts before venturing on the water.  Remember, even on warm days, our water temperatures are in the hypothermic range, so make sure you wear your PFD,  take a survival kit including a dry change of clothes with you,and let someone know where you will be fishing and your expected time of return and have them check to see that you did get off the water safely.   
The Largemouth Bass fishing really has not changed much since last week.  The primary pattern is still on the main lakes and the front halves of the bays on early prespawn patterns.  A few Largemouth are being taken shallow on warmer days later in the morning and during the early afternoon.  A few Smallmouth are being taken but the numbers are low.  Crappie anglers are taking fish on early prespawn patterns also as the Black Crappie are staging to move toward the shallower water as soon as the water gets a little warmer and water conditions settle down.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the main lake points and channel banks as well as the secondary points and channel banks in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled medium running crankbaits, blade baits, shaky heads and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water late in the morning and early in the afternoon on lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits near wood cover.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and channel banks and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, medium running crankbaits and jigs.  Although the numbers reported are low, some nice fish have been taken.
Some of the productive lures reported this week have been:  Lucky Craft Pointer in table rock shad and aurora black, Rapala Husky Jerk and Xrap in clown, Smithwick Rattlin Rogue in hot rod, Rapala Shadrap in original crawdad and firetiger, Spro Little John medium runner in spring craw, Lew's Rattletraps in black/red, blue chrome and black/chrome, Strike King Red Eye Shad in black/red and chrome sexy shad, Steel Shad blade baits in gold, Slong's Spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/red and green pumpkin on Slong's Shaky Heads and Slong's Jigs in Bassbuster with Net Baits Paca Chunk in green pumpkin.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken along old creek channels on the main lake as well as the mouths of the bays in 15-20 ft of water and on old creek channels in the creeks and bays in 10-15 ft of water.  These fish are being taken around brush piles by vertically fishing with small minnows, small jigs and jig/minnow combinations.  

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