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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/06/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.34   Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.40  Surface Temperature - 48
Both lakes are just a few inches over winter pool.  Kentucky Lake is spilling at a rate of 96,000 cfs at 8:00 a.m. this morning and Lake Barkley is spilling at a rate of 56,000 cfs per second.  
The new year was ushered in with temperatures more like April than January but the winds were less than favorable with high winds that signaled the approach of a nasty cold front which came through the area early this week bringing with it a day or two of more seasonable cold temperatures with highs around the freezing mark.  

The weather settled down the past few days though and once again we have been having more of the spring like temperatures that we have been experiencing so far this winter.

Today's high is forecasted in the 60's with southerly winds.  Another cold front will be passing through the area late this evening, but this front is not forecasted to be nearly as bad as the one we had earlier this week.  The current forecast is calling for daytime highs in the low to mid 50's with night time low's in the low to mid 30's through the weekend and mid next week.  Winds are currently forecasted to be northerly around 10 mph through the weekend and mid next week.  

The next cold front is currently forecasted to hit the lakes area around mid week.   Of course this time of year the weather forecast can change rapidly so anyone venturing on the water needs to check the latest wind and weather forecast. 
If you are going on the lakes this weekend to enjoy some of the good fishing being reported, take care and be aware of the fact that our water temperatures are in the range for hypothermic conditions so be prepared for this with a survival kit in your boat consisting of a protected set of dry clothes, dry soup and fire starter.  

Don't forget that cell phone and remember, keep the cell phone in a protected waterproof bag also, they don't work real well after they get soaked.  Let someone know where you will launching and fishing and let them know when you expect to return.  Winter fishing can be a lot of fun, but it can be a really bad experience if you are not prepared for the possibility of getting wet and/or stranded on the water.  
The Alabama rig continues to dominate the reports from bass anglers on the lakes with some reports of Largemouth and Smallmouth also being taken on suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  Crappie anglers are still reporting catches of good numbers of fish and although most of the numbers are reportedly just below keeper size,  a person can get a good mess of keeper sized Crappie and larger over the course of the day.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points and ledges on the main lakes on Alabama rigs, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  The Alabama rig continues to be the dominate technique with some very good catches being reported.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the same patterns, lures and techniques as the Largemouth Bass.  
Productive lures reported this week were:  Net Baits BK swimbaits in pearl and blue pearl and Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt fished on Alabama rigs.  Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black clown and table rock shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns.
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reporting numbers of fish by spider rigging over deep brush on the main lake ledges in the 15-25 ft depth range.  Small jigs and minnows have been the baits of choice. I have received a few reports of minnows under bobbers working in the 10-15 foot range over brush also on warmer afternoons.  

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Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.