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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/02/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.47   Surface Temperature - 48

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.55  Surface Temperature - 49
Both lakes are still being pulled down with Kentucky Lake spilling at 129,500 cubic ft per second and Lake Barkley spilling at 50, 900 cubic ft per second.  It is projected that this flow will be cut in half over the next day or so but this could change as the lakes area is receiving heavy precipitation today.  

Both lakes are stained near the river channels and some bays are stained from run in water.  The warming trend at the end of last week raised the water temperatures a little and this has caused a bit of action in the bass fishing.  The Largemouth Bass are being caught near rocky main lake points and near rocky secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on jignpig, Texas rigged tubes, Senkos and slow rolled crankbaits.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake primary and secondary points on grubs, suspending jerkbaits, and slow rolled crankbaits.  Some good catches were being reported over the weekend on the east side of Kentucky Lake.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala Shad Raps in original crawdad and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo, Senkos in Christmas tree color  and Smithwick Rogues in clown.  
Most of the reports on the Crappie show them to being caught at the  12-15ft levels in 20-25 feet of water over wood cover by vertically fishing small bright colored jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  There have been a few reports of some good catches of Crappie shallow near stake beds in the bays on extreme south Barkley by fishing with brightly colored small jigs under bobbers.  These fish apparently have moved into the bays to escape the current in the river.  
Sauger have been reportedly biting near the mouths of the canal in 20-30 ft of water by vertically fishing one ounce curly tail jigs tipped with minnows.  

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.