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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/15/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.59  Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 48
Both lakes are slightly over one half foot above winter pool.  The flood gates are open on both lakes.  Kentucky Dam is spilling at an average rate of 139,000 cfs and Barkley Dam is spilling at an average rate of 48,000 cfs.  The spilling is forecasted to continue at this time. 

Well, winter will be coming to an end soon and it is time for me to get back into the swing of full time guiding.  I have been teaching my Eliminating Water Class pretty much 7 days a week for the past 6 weeks and I have been fighting the cabin fever with only a day here and there where I could sneak in a little water time.  I still have a few classes to teach but I will start guiding again for this season starting next week.  I will resume my weekly fishing reports as of this week for the rest of the season.  
Although we have had a relatively mild winter, we are still getting cold fronts coming through the area about every 2-3 days.  The fishing has been reported as slow to good depending on the weather patterns over the past couple of weeks.  I was out one day this past week and the fish were certainly cooperating with the above normal water temperatures and the current on the lakes. 

A number of my network friends have been reporting like success the past two weeks on days the weather allowed them to get on the water.  I am certainly looking forward to getting my boat back on the water on a regular schedule with the new season as I am sure most of you are too.  
The weather forecast for Saturday is for post frontal conditions with a high of 40 and low of 27.  Winds are forecasted from the NW at 15 mph.  A slight warming trend is in store for Sunday and Monday as the next front approaches.  Highs on Sunday at 50 and low of 39 with S wind at 14.  Monday is forecasted to be a high of 56 with a low of 40 with S winds at 17 and a 40% chance of rain.  

The next front is forecasted to come through late Monday bringing temperatures back to the 40's with North quadrant winds into next mid week.  As always, check the latest wind and weather forecasts before venturing on the lakes.  We are still in hypothermic condition water temperatures so make sure you have a survival kit with you in the boat and let someone know where you will be fishing and your expected time of return.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and channel banks in the current breaks as well as secondary points in the front halves of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs, jigs and slow rolled lipless crank baits.  Some nice catches of big fish have been reported as the early females are starting to feed.  It took 22lbs to win a high school tournament this past weekend.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and channel banks in the current breaks on suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs.  Some big early females have been taken over the past week but the numbers are low.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bag 5 custom painted jerk baits in aurora black, Strike King jerk baits in green gizzard shad, Smithwick Rogue jerk bait in table rock shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in copperhead, Strike King red eye shad in lavender shad and red craw and Big Hammer swim baits on Alabama rigs in pearl.  
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reporting a fair bite on main lake ledges in 15-20 ft of water over brush piles by vertically fishing jigs and on bottom bouncers baited with minnows.  Although I have not had any reports of big limits being taken, I have had some reports of near limits with some nice fish.  

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