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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/03/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at the dam - 355.74  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water level at the dam - 355.75  Surface Temperature - 59
High southwest winds have been the story here in lakes area this week.  Winds at 15-25 mph with gusts in the 35 mph range have made fishing difficult since Monday.  It appears we may have one more day of these winds as the front is due to pass thru the area tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms.  

Hopefully the winds this weekend and next week will be more favorable for fishing.  The lakes are on a slow rise now and this rise normally should continue over the next couple of weeks until the lakes reach summer pool levels.  
Even with the winds blowing it has been a good week on the Largemouth Bass although some good areas were tough or nearly impossible to fish comfortably.  The Largemouth are moving in the bays with good catches being reported on secondary creek channel points on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged lizards especially early and late.   Another pattern that has been very good is fishing shallow cuts and flats with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits near stumps and brush piles.  
The Smallmouth bite has improved somewhat since last week's report as these fish are now moving into the bays to spawn.  Smallmouth are being taken on pea gravel points on jerkbaits, Carolina rigged lizards, grubs and tubes fished on jigheads using light line.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week have been:  Rattletraps in chrome/blue, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala Shadraps in original crawdad and black/silver, Rapala husky in blue/chrome/orange, Lucky Craft pointer in American Shad,  Zoom lizards in green pumkin/chartruese tails, Xwire Spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, and Snoozer tubes in Road Kill Cammo.  
The Crappie continue to be good on both lakes with catches coming by fishing over wood cover in 12-15 ft of water with minnows and small tube jigs fished vertically.  Some good catches are being reported near brush piles in 4-6 ft of water by fishing small tube jigs or minnows under bobbers.  The wind made it tough fishing these fish this week but those that could find these type areas out of the wind were doing well.  
The Bluegill are being taken around brush piles in 6-10 ft of water and around docks with brush cover.  These fish are being taken by fishing wax worms and red worms under bobbers.  Some bigger bluegill have been reportedly caught by Crappie anglers fishing the brush with small minnows.  

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.