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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/08/2012

Kentucky Lake:   Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.10    Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.10   Surface Temperature - 53
Both lakes were two feet over winter pool at noon today and on a drawdown.  Kentucky Lake has been spilling at an average rate of 90,000 cfs over the past day or so and this is forecasted to continue  through the weekend.  Lake Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 49,000 cfs over the past day or so and this is expected to continue.
March certainly has come in like a lion this past week.  Of course everyone is aware of the terrible storms we experienced here in the Midwest last Friday.  Please take time to say a prayer for those folks that lost so much and for loved ones lost.  That nasty frontal passage was followed by cold north winds over the past weekend and then with a day or two of reprieve, we started getting some nasty south winds the past couple of days, not to mention that we had more less severe storms here in the lakes area last night and today which dropped a lot of rain.  

I am not sure exactly how much rain we have had in the area overall, but the rain gauge on my back deck is showing we received 3 inches of rain here since early this morning on N. Ky Lake.  Although the winds did curtail some of the fishing this week, we did manage a couple of days on the water and found the bass fishing to be pretty much the same as it was last week.  

Reports from other anglers I have received this week mirrored what we experienced and the reports I received the Crappie anglers was again, a mirror of last week's fishing.  The only big differences from last week is that it seems more Largemouth are now showing up in the creeks on staging points and banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  

The Alabama rig is still producing some good catches but not as many numbers of good limits are being reported, probably because  some of the fish are moving more now to stage for the spring transition to shallower water and not schooling as much.  I received reports and we also experienced in my boat more numbers of Largemouth willing to take suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits and jigs on secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. Of course we are still taking Largemouth on the main lake points too.  

Some reports are still indicating some early Largemouth being taken further back in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, jigs and blade baits which is normal for March with water temperatures in the low to mid 50's.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow is post frontal with a high in the 50's and northeast winds around 15 mph.  The forecast for the weekend if for highs in the 60's with post frontal sunshine on Saturday and cloudy conditions on Sunday with a 50% chance of rain.  The wind this weekend is forecasted to be east southeast.  Next week looks good with a warming trend in the low 70's on Monday and getting even warmer the rest of the week with a southerly wind flow.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as on secondary points and creek channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on slow rolled Alabama rigs, suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits and jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken in the back halves of the creeks and bays, especially on warmer days, on shallow and medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and blade baits.  Most of these shallow fish are being taken on lead in banks and on flats near the channels around wood cover.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the first secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, Alabama rigs and jigs.  Some nice single fish are being taken as these fish are now closer to their spawning time and many of the females are ripe with eggs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Alabama and Tennessee Waterdog Retriever rigs baited with Keitech swim baits in shad patterns and Big Hammer swim baits in pearl, Bag 5 Lures suspending jerkbaits and Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black, pearl ayu, and tablerock shad, Bag 5 Lures custom painted crawdad crankbaits, Rapala Shadrap crankbaits in original crawdad, Spro Little John crankbaits in spring craw, Silver Buddy blade baits and Slong's jigs in phantom and bass buster patterns with Net Baits trailers.  
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with jigs and minnows over brush piles and stake beds in 8-15 ft of water along old creek channels in the creeks and bays.  Some Crappie are also still being taken on main lake ledges in 15-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with small minnows and Crappie nibbles.

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