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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/06/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 355.13     Surface Temperature - 42

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 355.05    Surface Temperature - 42
Both lakes have ice cover in many of the bays.  Some of this ice cover is only in the back part of the bays but in some of the bays this ice extends almost to the main lake.  

This ice cover has closed many of the ramps but even so with the warm spring like weather we experienced over the weekend some hard core anglers did manage to launch their boats and venture to the main lake for some fishing.  The only reports I received from the weekend were from Kentucky Lake.  

One report reflected that the Largemouth Bass were slow but some were taken on a drop shot rig fished along an old creek channel in 20-25 ft of water.  I received a couple of reports that some crappie were taken by bottom bouncing rigs in 15-20 ft of water around deep brush piles using minnows.  Winter returned to the lakes area today with 3-5 inches of wet snow.  

Although it seems like winter will never end we are quickly approaching the time of year for some of the best Smallmouth and Largemouth fishing for trophy sized fish.  This normally begins around the end of February so watch those water temperatures and when they get to the mid 40's rising it is time to start hunting for those early big fish.  
For those of you that have cabin fever and are looking for something to do while your waiting on the water to warm up you might consider visiting one of the upcoming outdoor shows in the region.  The I-24 Expo, Boat, Sport, and Travel Show will be held in Nashville on Feb 14-16.  The first ever Paducah-McCracken County Boat Show Expo will be held at the Exposition Center adjacent to JR's Executive Inn in Paducah on Feb 13-16.  One of the best shows in the region for hunting and fishing equipment and seminars is the Jim Strader Hunting and Fishing Expo to be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on Feb 14-16.  
Please remember that when you venture on the water this time of year you need to let someone know where you will be fishing and when you expect to return.  Take extra dry clothing and a survival kit with you.  Hypothermia is almost a certainty this time of year if you fail to take precautions and you get stranded on the water or get wet.  

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

September and October marks prime rutting season for elk. Elk rut to defend their territory and females (known as cows).