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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 03/27/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at the Dam:  355.16   Surface Temperature:  58

Lake Barkley:  Water level at the Dam:  354.9  Surface Temperature:  60
Above normal temperatures has quickly raised the surface temperatures of both lakes over the past week.  Lake levels are remaining fairly stable with the water fluctuating only one foot up or down over the week.  The lakes should be starting a slow rise to summer pool levels on April 1st.  This rise normally takes about three weeks to reach the summer pool level of 359.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on a variety of patterns but the bite is still not as consistent for larger fish as it should be this time of year.  Numbers of short fish and an occasional large fish are being taken on the main lake primary points, secondary points in the bays, and on the flats near wood cover later in the day as the water warms.  The fish on the points are taking suspending jerk baits, medium running crankbaits, and some bite on Carolina rigged lizards started over the weekend.  The fish on the flats are taking lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
The Smallmouth bite has been slow overall with no reports of big numbers catches as one would expect this time of year.  Reports indicate that the Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points and some secondary points in the bays near the creek channels.   The Smallmouth are being taken on suspending jerkbaits, medium running crankbaits, and grubs.  The Smallmouth should be moving to the bays to bed within the next week or so.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rattletraps in chrome/blue, red craw, and rootbeer, Rapala Husky jerkbaits in blue/chrome/orange,  Norman jerkbaits in blue/pearl, jerkbaits in rootbeer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Zoom lizards in plum, and Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer.
The Crappie are on an excellent bite with good catches being reported on both lakes.  Crappie are being taken shallow in 3-6 ft of water around wood cover by fishing small jigs and minnows under bobbers as well as over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water by vertically fishing small jigs and minnows.  More White Crappie are starting to show up in the catches over the past week.  
Bluegill are taking wax worms fished under bobbers around docks with wood cover on flats near wood cover.  
A cold front is forecasted to move thru the lakes region over the weekend with a drop to below normal temperatures but the forecast for the beginning of next week reflects a rebound to more normal spring temperatures.  

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