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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/14/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.28  Surface Temperature - 49

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.25  Surface Temperature - 49
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 56,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 30,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.

With the water levels well below summer pool, boaters should be cautious about navigating outside of the marked channels.  Just because these are big lakes does not mean they are deep lakes.  Certainly, nothing can ruin a fun fishing trip quicker than a damaged lower unit or even worse an injury caused by striking an unseen underwater object.  
Both lakes dropped 2 feet over the past week as the TVA drew the lakes down from the higher waters we had last week due to the snow melt.  We finally had some warmer weather this week and the water temperatures came up some 5 degrees although we are still running about 6 degrees below what we normally would have by this time in March.  The forecast is looking good or at least much better than it has lately as far as really cold temperatures.  

Today's forecast is for a high of 63 and low of 40 with some nasty wind from the SSW at 20.  This will make for some rough water today but this warm wind should serve to bring the water temperatures up a little more.  Saturday is looking good with a high of 66 and low of 48 with wind ESE at 7.  Another front is coming through the area Saturday night and the highs on Sunday are forecasted to only reach 48 with a low of 27.  A 70% chance of rain is in the forecast for Sunday.  The extended forecast into next week is showing a warming trend back to the 50's and 60's with some more rain around midweek.  
The Largemouth patterns have pretty much remained the same except we are now starting to see some early Largemouth now roaming a little more shallow in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the days.  Slow rolled crankbaits have been the best producers this week both on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays with lipless crankbaits,  suspending jerkbaits, Alabama rigs and jigs also producing.

The reports I have on the Crappie indicated that the quick draw down of the lakes scattered the fish somewhat this week but some fish have been taken by covering larger areas of water and vetically fishing over scattered brush piles.
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,  lipless crankbaits and jigs are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in 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.  
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 are starting to get a little more active with the warming water.
Productive lures:  Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits.  Strike King XD 6 in crawfish pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad,  Lucky Craft pointers in clown and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in clown.  D&L baby advantage jigs in "oops" pattern.  Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt on Alabama rigs.
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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