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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/07/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.84  Surface Temperature - 44

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.00  Surface Temperature - 43
 
Both lakes are 3 feet over winter pool and on a drawdown.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 128,000 cfs over the past day.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 60,500 over the past day.  

Both lakes rose to present levels with the influx of water from the winter storm earlier this past week.  The water on Kentucky Lake is stained.  The water on Lake Barkley is heavily stained with some of the creeks being muddy.
 
The bad news is that the major winter storm I warned you about in last week's report hit us hard last Sunday and early Monday and brought with it about 5-6 inches of ice, sleet and snow.  All the ramps were closed with ice and snow until yesterday so we did not get out on the water early this week.  

The good news is that most of the ramps are open now with a few exceptions and I expect they will all be pretty much open except for the LBL side ramps by this afternoon.  The forecast for the weekend and early next week is looking good with a high on Saturday of 59, low of 30 with wind WSW8.  Sunday's forecast is for a high of 53 and low of 38 with wind NNW5.  

Monday and Tuesday's forecasts are looking great with high's in the mid to upper 60's and low's around 45 with light SSW winds.  Another frontal passage is forecasted to come through the lakes area around midweek and will be dropping the daytime temperatures back to the mid 40's and night time low's to the 20's.  The good news is that if the long range forecast holds, we should have another warming trend by next weekend.
 
Of course the nasty arctic front did not do anything to improve our water temperatures and in fact dropped them slightly but I expect they will be recovering some today and over the next few days with the warming trend.  Saturday's conditions are pretty much a mirror of last Saturday's conditions which produced some nice late winter bags in some of the local tournaments.

It took a whopping 26lbs to win the Walmart LBL Division BFL tournament last Saturday with a little over 18lbs taking 2nd thru 4th places.  As is normal for this time of year, some anglers did have problems locating active fish but overall the results were good considering the water temperatures.  Crankbaits, suspending jerk baits and Alabama rigs are all reportedly working as well as jigs and shakey heads.  Big fish honors in the tournament went to my good friend Steve Curtsinger with a whopping 8lb 2oz Largemouth.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling deep diving crankbaits on primary points on the main lakes and secondary channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  Medium running crankbaits are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in the front halves of the creeks and bays during the warm part of the day.  

Largemouth are also being taken on suspending jerkbaits both shallow and deep divers fished in current breaks on the main lake and on channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  Largemouth are also being taken by slow rolling Alabama rigs in current breaks near cover on the main lakes and on shallow ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  Some fish are also being taken with finesse jigs and shaky heads around brush piles.
 
SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and points on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits.  Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken.  These fish should be getting more active soon with just a slight warm up of the surface temperatures.
 
Productive lures:  Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits.  Strike King DT6 crankbaits in crawdad.  Lucky Craft pointers in clown and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in clown.  D&L baby advantage jigs in "oops" pattern.  
 
CRAPPIE:  Some Crappie are being taken on the warmer days as they are suspending over brush piles in staging areas at the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water.  These fish are being taken primarily on jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically.  The Crappie were reported as slow for the most part but some nice fish have been taken.  

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Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.