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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/13/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.52  Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 35.55  Surface Temperature - 45

Both lakes are one and one half feet over winter pool.  Both lakes have gates open at the dams and are spilling.  Kentucky Lake is spilling at a rate of 177,000 this morning.  Barkley Dam is spilling at a rate of 111,500 this morning.

Lake Barkley is muddy with floating debris.  Kentucky Lake is heavily stained with some muddy water in the main river channel.  There is floating debris on Kentucky Lake also so be careful when running either lake right now with the floating debris as well as the water levels being down near winter pool.  

General Comments and Conditions:  It is good to be writing my first weekly fishing report of the season this week even though it is not as favorable report as I would like to start the season with but as everyone is aware, winter hit us hard here in the lakes area over the past few weeks with record snow falls and record low temperatures as well as some days of heavy rains.  

All this nasty weather has the water temperatures running about 2 weeks behind and 10 degrees below normal for this time of year as well as the less than favorable lake conditions mentioned above.  On the good side, we finally started to get some more seasonable temperatures over the past week and water temperatures are now slowly rising and the snow and ice have melted allowing us to get on the water.  

As one would expect the cold water coupled with the cold water temperatures have made the bass fishing challenging and the bite slow and scattered.  Although we have had some few reports of a few scattered fish being taken early in the day, the better bite such as it is has been during the warmer part of the day during the afternoon after the surface temperature has warmed a couple of degrees.  

Most of the fish have been taken lately in deep water with finesse techniques fishing very slow with a lot of patience.  The past couple of days there is some scattered suspending jerk bait bite and also slow rolled crank bait bite around rocky points and banks near deep water.  

The Alabama Rig bite has been scattered and slow also for the most part on rocky points and around deep wood cover but a few fish are being taken.  I do however expect we should start seeing a more active early pre spawn bite if the water temperatures continue to rise over the next week and we get some drier weather and clearing water.  The weather forecast for today is for rain with a high of 62.  

More rain is in the forecast for tonight and Saturday morning with a high of 62, low of 42 with wind N10 on Saturday.  Sunday is forecasted to have a high of 70 and low of 42 with wind NE5.  Monday's forecast is for a high of 70, low of 51 with wind SW10.  Cooler weather is forecasted to return beginning Tuesday with high's in the 50's and low's in the 40's with post frontal northerly winds.

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken deep off rocky channel points and banks as well as deep off ledges near wood cover with shakey heads, blade baits, jigs and small jigging spoons fished slow with patience.  Some Largemouth are also being taken around shallow rocky points and banks near deep water on suspending jerk baits and slow rolled crank baits.  Overall the bite is slow and scattered.

Smallmouth Bass:  A few Smallmouth are being taken on both rocky and gravel points and banks near the channels.  These fish are reportedly being taken with suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits and jigs.  The bite is still slow on these fish but should improve soon.

Crappie:  The Crappie bite is being reported as slow with some fish being taken over brush piles in 15-20 ft of water by spider rigging and bottom bouncing with small jigs dressed with small minnows.  

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.