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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/20/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at the Dam - 354.68   Surface Temperature:  54

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at the Dam - 354.60  Surface Temperature:  54
Warm south winds have raised the water temperatures appreciably over the past week and the fishing is improving.  The lake levels are remaining stable at near winter pool and the water color on both lakes is good.  The Largemouth Bass are on early prespawn patterns and are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays early in the morning and on the flats near wood cover later in the day. 

The fish on the points are taking crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits with some reports of them also taking Texas rigged tubes.  The shallow bass are hitting later in the morning as the shallow water temperatures rise to near 60 degree temperatures.  These fish are taking lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  
The Smallmouth bite seems to still be slow for this time of year with some fish being taken on Kentucky Lake  primary and secondary pea gravel points on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.  Hopefully this bite will improve over the next few days.  
Some lures that have been reported as productive over the past week are:  Rapala Husky Jerk in blue/silver/orange,  Lucky Craft Pointer in American Shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartruese, Fat Free Shad in natural shad patterns, Fishco crankbaits in Sunset Craw, Rattletraps in various red and orange crawfish patterns and blue/chrome, Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, and Snoozer tubes in Road Kill Cammo.
The Crappie are biting good and are being taken over brush in 12 to 15 ft of water with some fish now being taken near shallow brush in 3 to 6 ft of water.  The deeper fish are being taken on small jigs and minnows fished vertically over the brush and the shallow fish are taking small jigs and spinners cast near wood cover near rocky banks.  
Bluegill are being taken on red worms and wax worms fished under bobbers near docks with brush cover.
The lakes are getting busy now on the weekends with numbers of anglers so drive defensively and be sure to practice safe and courteous boating.  

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