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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/03/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam:  354.21  Surface Temperature:  45

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam:  354.20  Surface Temperature: 45
Although I normally do not write my weekly report until midweek I decided to write this week's report early as I know many folks have been waiting on the word that the early spring bite has started.  I have received numerous reports today of good catches of Crappie and Largemouth Bass on Kentucky Lake.  The reports indicated the better bite started this past Saturday.  

I also received reports that the Smallmouth fishing was very slow yet but this should change within the next week as warmer temperatures are forecasted over the next 7 days except for Wednesday of this week.  I also received two reports of slow Bass fishing on Lake Barkley this past weekend.  Lake Barkley is still heavily stained to muddy.  Kentucky Lake is stained but fishable.  
Largemouth Bass are being caught on the main lake points and rocky banks on Kentucky Lake using small crankbaits and tubes.  I had one report of one boat having caught 23 keepers on Saturday on this pattern.  I received two more reports of limits being caught on this pattern today.  Some of the lures being reported as productive are Fishco Crankbaits in white with chartruese back, Shadraps in black/silver and original crawdad, and Snoozer tubes in pearl white.  
All of the Crappie reports I have received and confirmed indicate that most of the Crappie that are being caught are Black Crappie and that they are holding over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water near the mouths of the bays along creek channels.  Quite a number of limit catches have been reported.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging small tube jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  

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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.