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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/04/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.51  Surface Temperature - 47

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.25  Surface Temperature - 47
Winter has arrived in the lakes area with the first winter storm of the year having made its appearance today.  The below freezing air temperatures over the past few days has dropped the water temperatures into the 40's and more cold weather is forecast in the near future. There were not many reports this week due to the weather but from those received it appears that the Largemouth Bass have transitioned to deeper waters for the most part and are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are also being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points on Texas rigged tubes,  grubs, and jignpig.
Some of the lures reported as productive this week are Snoozer's tubes in Road Kill Cammo and Stanley jigs in watermelon and black/blue.  
The Crappie are being taken along the creek channels near the mouths of the bays and on the main lake in 15-20ft of water by vertically fishing small jigs and small minnows over wood cover.  Again, there were not many reports received this week because of the weather but those that were received would indicate that the Crappie are moving to the main lake also.  
Although no reports were received this week for Catfish on the lakes, with the current water temperatures the trophy sized Catfish should be starting to feed in the river channels, especially on South Barkley.  These are normally caught by bottom fishing along the channels with cut baits.  I hope to have an on the water report on these big Catfish in next week's report.  
The Sauger are being taken near the mouths of the canal in 20-30 ft of water by fishing curly tail jigs tipped with minnows.  
Precautions should be taken when venturing on the water to prevent hypothermia during cold weather months.  You should let someone know where you will be fishing and when you expect to return.  You should extra clothes with you and a survival kit in the event you get wet or stranded on the lake.  
Although reports on the fishing slow down during the winter I will continue to pass along all the information I receive from my sources and my own experiences on the water this winter.  If you have not started making your plans for next spring,  now is the time to do so.  You should make your reservations for lodging and guides now to ensure that you can get the dates you want next spring.  If you are in need of a guide for lake familiarization, tournament preparation, technique instruction, or just some fun fishing don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email. 

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!