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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/17/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.86   Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.85  Surface Temperature - 46
 
Both lakes are about two feet over winter pool on a slow drawdown.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 62,000 cfs for the past week and Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 50,000 cfs over the past week. 
 
We had a taste of winter here in the lakes area late last week and over the weekend with a nasty arctic cold front.  This blast of winter weather dropped the water temperatures from 52 degrees to 45 degrees in three days.  This nasty weather kept anglers off the lakes for the most part last weekend and earlier this week but the weather has settled down once again and we have been experiencing more of the milder weather these past few days that has been the trademark of this warmer winter we have been having.  

Water temperatures have stabilized now in the mid 40's and we should see the water temperatures slowly rebound if the present forecast for next week holds true.  The forecast for Saturday is for highs in the mid 50's.  Sunday's highs will drop into the mid 40's with some colder north winds but the day time highs are forecasted to rebound on Monday with a high temperature of 51 in the forecast.  Next week's forecast looks very good with daytime highs in the mid to upper 50's with a slight chance of rain showers on Tuesday.  Looks like a great week coming up to be on the water.  
 
Of course anglers reported the Bass and Crappie fishing slowed down with the drop in water temperatures associated with the arctic frontal passage late last week and earlier this week.  Reports received over the past two days indicated the bite has improved a little bit but still not as good as we have had over the past number of weeks.  I expect the bite will recover over the near future with the warming water and more stable weather which is in the forecast.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and ledges on Alabama rigs, jigs and suspending jerkbaits.  The jerkbait bite increased this past week in favor of the suspending fish although the Alabama rig and jigs were still producing fish near the bottom around cover.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and ledges on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and jigs.  The better bite this past week for Smallmouth was also reported to be on suspending jerkbaits.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Pointers in table rock shad, clown and aurora black.  Smithwick Rogue in black back/chrome side/orange belly, Rapala Shadrap in original crawdad and black/silver and D&L jigs in "oops' pattern and Cumberland Craw.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over deep brush piles near old creek channels on the main lake and in the bays in 15-20 ft of water by spider rigging small jigs tipped with small minnows and crappie nibbles.  

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.