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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/07/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.35  Surface Temperature - 45

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.85  Surface Temperature - 45
Both lakes are around a foot and a half over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at a average rate of 115,000 cfs over the past day or so.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 19,000 cfs. 
We have had another week of cold and wind as March came roaring in.  We have not had a day with the temperature any higher than the 40's all week with most days in the 30's.  The cold weather dropped the water temperatures two degrees since last week and we are now about 5 degrees below normal water temperatures for this time of year.  The bass are still in late winter patterns and even though it has been cold, some nice bags of fish have been coming in.  It took 23 lbs to win the Wal Mart BFL last weekend and 20lbs to make the top 5.  

Of course there were a number of zero and one fish bags also which is indicative of a late winter tournament with below freezing temperatures and high winds.  The weather forecast looks good though as we head into the weekend.  Friday's high is forecasted to be 57.  Saturday looks good with a high of 68 and low of 55 with SSE winds at 16.  Sunday looks to be wet and breezy with a high of 60 and low of 45 with S wind at 18 and a 70% chance of rain.  

Our next front is front is forecasted to be coming in early Monday with a forecasted high of 48 and wind NW at 12.  A warming trend is in store for next week with more seasonable temperatures forecasted in the 50's to 60's in the latter part of next week. As always, weather and wind forecasts can change, so make sure you check the latest forecasts before going on the water.  

We are still in hypothermic conditions so make sure you take a survival kit with you on the water, put your cell phone in a waterproof bag and let someone know where you will be fishing and when you expect to return and have them check on you to make sure you made it off the lake safely.  
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.  The Alabama rig has been putting the bigger bags of fish in the boat in the tournaments but numbers have been on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.   
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 Mega Bass jerk baits in original rootbeer and aurora black,  Strike King jerk baits in green gizzard shad, Rapala Xraps in black/silver and olive,  Smithwick Rogue jerk bait in table rock shad, Rapala shadraps in original crawdad and black/silver, Bag5 custom painted shadraps in rootbeer, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and  oops pattern, Slong's jigs in copperhead, Strike King red eye shad in lavender shad and orange 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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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

These geese float gracefully on a warm autumn day. Honker Lake was actually named for the number of Giant and Interior Canadian geese it attracts.