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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/21/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.69   Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.80  Surface Temperature - 46
 
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool.  Gates are open at both dams.  Kentucky Lake has been spilling at an average rate of 95,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 34,400 cfs over the past 24 hours. 
 
We have been plagued with high winds and some nasty cold days this past week so there was little time spent on the water since last week.  Water temperatures dropped with the colder weather this past week also.  The same late winter patterns that was reported in last week's report seems to be holding up from the little time we got on the water.  We have a front moving through the area today with heavy rains and some freezing rain.  

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is for post frontal conditions with highs in the mid 40's and north quadrant winds.  A warm up period is forecast for Sunday and Monday with high's in the mid 50's and south quadrant winds as another front approaches .  A 50% chance of more rain is forecasted for Monday as the next front comes through the area.  Post frontal conditions with high's in the 40's and north quadrant winds are forecasted after Monday through mid next week.  
 
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, shaky heads and slow rolled lipless crank baits.  Some nice catches of big fish have been reported the past couple of weeks as the early females are starting to feed.   
 
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 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 oops pattern, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy on shaky heads,  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 little slower bite this week with most of the fish coming in 15-20 ft of water over brush piles on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on small jigs fished vertically and on bottom bouncing rigs baited with minnows.

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Coyote
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.