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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/26/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.28   Surface Temperature - 47

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.30  Surface Temperature - 46
Kentucky Lake is spilling water at a rate of 145,000 cubic ft per second and Lake Barkley is spilling water at a rate of 55,700 cubic ft per second.  Both lakes are receiving an influx of water due to last week's rain upriver.  Lake Barkley has been stained to muddy with some creeks on the north end clear.  Kentucky Lake has been stained near the river channel and some bays also are stained from high winds.  
Few fishing reports have been received over the past week but those that were received indicate that the Largemouth Bass fishing has been slow with a few being caught near rocky secondary points in the bays on slow moving crankbaits and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass reports have been scarce also but those that were received indicated that these fish were being taken around current breaks near rocky main lake points.  These fish were caught on small hair jigs and grubs fished on light line.
The only brand lure specified in the reports received this week as being productive were Rapala Shad Raps in black/silver used to catch the Largemouth.    
Some Crappie are being taken along creek channel ledges over deep brush piles at the 12-15ft levels in 15-20 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically and by bottom bouncing rigs.  
Although I have not received any reports of the Sauger near the canal this week, this would be a good bet for productive fishing by using curly tail jigs tipped with minnows near dropoffs.  

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Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.