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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

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

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.03  Surface Temperature -  45

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.15  Surface Temperature - 45
 
A lot of current is being generated as the water from recent storms is being drawn down.  Kentucky Lake is currently spilling at 112,000 cfs.  The surface temperatures are ranging from 42 to 45 degrees with the lower temperatures being reported in the bays.  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on jignpig and Texas rigged tubes around rocky main lake primary points and on rocky secondary points near creek channels.  The bite is reported to be very light and the fish are taking the lures off the bottom.  
 
The Smallmouth are being taken on deep chunk rock main lake points on small hair jigs and grubs.  Today I also caught some Smallmouth on the float n fly.  These fish were suspending under schools of shad at 7 ft in 28 ft of water.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Stanley jigs in black/blue, Bee head flies in blue/chartruese, and Snoozer's tubes in Road Kill Cammo.  
 
The Crappie are being taken along the creek channels near the mouths of the bays in the 15-20 ft depths by vertically fishing small jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  
 
Catfish are being taken near the river channels by bottom fishing with cut baits in 25-30 ft of water.  
 
Sauger are being taken in the canal in 20-30 ft of water using one ounce curly tail jigs tipped with minnows.  
 
When fishing in cold weather you should always let someone know where you are going to fish and when you expect to return.  You should always take an extra set of dry clothes with you as well as a survival kit.  If possible you should not fish alone and always wear your PFD.  

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Turtle
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.