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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/01/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.41   Surface Temperature - 53  

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.50  Surface Temperature - 53
Both lakes are about one and one half feet over winter pool and there has been little fluctuation in water levels over the past week.  Kentucky Dam has been pulling around 60,000 cfs over the past few days and the forecast shows about the same for the weekend. 

Barkley Dam has been pulling at 47,700 cfs over the past number of days and this is expected to continue over the weekend. 
We had a nasty frontal passage on Wednesday morning which brought severe thunderstorms and tornados thru the lakes area and the region.  Please take a moment and say a prayer for all the families that lost loved ones due to these storms as well as those that lost their homes.  Be alert tomorrow as another round of these type storms are in the forecast.  We are in that time of the season for strong storms so please make sure you check the forecast before you venture on the lakes.  
The weather otherwise this past week has been beautiful and the fishing has been good.  It is great to be back on the water now and to start my new season with such nice weather as we had Monday, Tuesday and today is such a blessing.  The Largemouth and Smallmouth have been active this week and from the reports I have received, so have the Crappie.  

If you have not been out yet this season, let me tell you first hand, you need to take a break and get out to enjoy some of this spring weather we are having.  The forecast for the weekend  and through Monday is for post frontal conditions with highs in the low to mid 50's and north quadrant winds.  Next week is looking good with a return to daytime highs in the 60's and southerly winds beginning on Tuesday.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These staging fish are being taken on Alabama and Tennessee rigs, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in the back halves of the creeks and bays on warmer days as they are starting to cruise the shallows.  These shallow fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits and shallow running crankbaits.  The bite was good for us this week, especially around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Alabama and Tennessee rigs, suspending jerkbaits, medium running crankbaits and jigs.  
Some of the productive lures this week have been:  Waterdog Retriever rigs with Big Hammer 4" swimbaits in pearl, Bag 5 Lures suspending jerkbaits in Aurora Black and Pearl Ayu, Lucky Craft pointers in Aurora Black, Bag 5 custom painted crankbaits in crawfish patterns, Spro Little John in spring craw, Rapala shad rap in original crawdad, Strike King red eye shad in crawfish and blue/chrome, Slong's jigs in phantom with matching Net Baits paca chunk trailer.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over staging brush piles in 7-12 ft of water in the creeks on small jigs and minnows.  Crappie are also being taken over brush in 15-20 ft of water along old creek channels on the main lake by vertically jigging with small tube jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles.  It won't be long before the Black Crappie move up to spawning banks, so if you want some Crappie action, don't wait too late to plan your trip to the lakes for the Black Crappie spawn.  

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.