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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 02/27/2003

Kentucky Lake:   Water Level at Ky Dam:  354.76   Surface Temperature:  44

Lake Barkley:   Water Level at Barkley Dam:  355.15  Surface Temperature: 44
The extended winter weather continued in the lakes area this week with snow, freezing rain, and rain.  All of the flood gates are still open on both lakes.  I have not received any reports of fishing activity over the past week as anglers have been staying inside and not braving the winter weather conditions on the lakes.  

I took a tour of the north Kentucky Lake and north Barkley lakes area today by land to check the latest water conditions.  All of the areas I saw on North Barkley were either muddy or heavily stained.  Kentucky Lake is heavily stained to muddy on the main lake near the river channel and the bays were somewhat stained but not nearly as bad as they were a week ago.  Actually, many of the bays on north Kentucky Lake had just enough stain to them to make the waters look very fishable. 
Reports received from Pickwick and Wheeler indicate that the water levels there are still very high and they have been receiving more precipitation also.  A report from Lake Cumberland indicated that the lake there has water in the treelines and that all the flood gates are open so there is still a lot of water to come thru Lake Barkley also.  

The extended forecast for next week indicate daytime highs in the 40's and nights at or near the freezing mark.  It appears we may still have to deal with this late winter weather for at least another week.  

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Remarkable Sunset
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.