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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/15/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.50  Surface Temperature - 59

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.45   Surface Temperature - 59
Both lakes are one and one half feet over winter pool.  Water clarity on Ky Lake ranges from light stain in some of the creeks and the bays are clear as is the main lake.  Water clarity on Barkley is stained on the main lake and some creeks and bays range from stained with a few heavily stained.  Kentucky Dam was generating at a rate of 77,000 cfs at 6:00 p.m today.  Lake Barkley was generating at 24,600 at 6:00 p.m. today. 
We have had some really nice warm weather this past week with some days reaching highs in the low 80's.  As one would expect when this happens this time of year, sooner or later some thunderstorms will start popping up, as was the case today.  The 80 degree range highs with south wind flows are forecasted to continue through mid next week.  

More scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday.  Boaters need to keep an eye on the sky as some of these pop up storms are severe and have some nasty lightning, hail and locally high winds.  Do not take chances, if you see one of the these storms approaching, go to safe port until the storm has passed.  
With these warm days and south winds we have had this week, the water temperatures have risen rapidly.  Today's morning water temperatures was 6 degrees higher than it was this same day last week.  This warming has moved a lot of Largemouth into the creeks and bays and with the fish traveling, most of the bite has been scattered over the past few days with fish being taken from the fronts of the creeks and bays to the shallows.  

There are still some pods of Largemouth staging on the primary points and first secondary points as well as ledges around the mouths of the bays and these fish can be taken in numbers when they move up to shallower on the points and ledges to feed.  We have caught fish on a number of baits and techniques this week.  The Alabama rig is still working, especially on the deeper fish.  We also have taken fish on crank, suspending jerkbaits, Carolina rigged lizards, jigs and lipless crank.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish seem to be scattered with no large numbers being taken on any one spot, kind of a one here, two there type pattern.  These fish are being taken on medium running crank baits, Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, suspending jerk baits and jigs.  Some fish are being taken on banks just off the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays on lipless crank baits, Carolina rigged lizards and crank and blade baits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points and on gravel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  The Smallmouth are starting to bed and most of these fish are being taken on jigs and tube jigs.  No numbers of these fish are being reported but some nice single fish are being taken.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Big Hammer swimbaits in pearl and curly tail grubs in white and pearl fished on Waterdog Retriever rigs,  Bag 5 Baits custom painted medium and shallow running crank baits in crawfish patterns, Rapala Shadraps in original crawdad, Bag 5 Baits custom painted suspending jerk baits and Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black, Mega Bass suspending jerkbaits in Ito Watsugi, Charmer Baits lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin on Carolina rigs, Strike King red eye shad lipless crank baits in sexy shad and Slong's flat top jigs with Net Baits baby paca chunks, both in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over staging brush piles off spawning banks in 8-12 ft of water by vertically fishing with tube jigs and curly tail jigs.  A number of Crappie are being reported the past few days moving up onto spawning banks and points in 4-5 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on jigs under bobbers and minnows under bobbers.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.