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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/24/2003

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 359.90   Surface Temperature - 61

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 359.70  Surface Temperature - 62
 
Both lakes are nearing one foot over summer pool.  It is expected that the lakes will remain near present levels over the next week.  Cold fronts continue to pass through the lakes area about every 3 days but they are nearly as harsh as they were over the past few weeks and although the frontal passages slow the fishing some for next day, you can still catch some fish.
 
The Largemouth Bass are on late prespawn patterns with some fish already bedding.  I would expect most of the LM to be bedding within the next week.  The bite has been very good this past week with good numbers of fish being taken and I have seen an increase in the numbers of keeper bass and have received reports of the same as the larger fish are feeding up just before going on the beds.  

The Largemouth are being caught in and around the mustard flowers and buck brush.  They are being caught by pitching and flipping texas rigged tubes, creature baits and lizards, jignpig, spinnerbaits, floating worms, buzzbaits and chug baits.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are still being elusive in numbers but an occassional fish is being caught by Carolina rigging and Texas rigging baby brush hogs and throwing small crankbaits on main lake primary points and secondary point in the bays. 
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Lunker buzzbaits in white, Xwire and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom brush hogs in junebug and watermelon candy, Snoozer tubes in watermelon burst and road kill cammo, Zoom lizards in junebug and watermelon/red, Zoom trick worms in bubblegum and flourescent orange.
 
The Crappie seemed to have slowed as the spawn has peaked and although some fish are still being caught near shallow brush and wood by casting small jigs or minnows under bobbers most of the Crappie are now being taken by drift fishing vertical lines with small jigs and minnows along the creek channels over wood cover in 8-15 ft of water.  This pattern should continue as the Crappie start their journey back out to their summer main lake haunts over the next few weeks.  
 
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are moving shallow in the bays and I have already received reports of some very good fish being caught in coves with vegatation and gravel bottoms.  One report said they were getting Shell Crackers in the 1 to 1.5 lb range and good Bluegill by fishing pinched nightcrawlers on bottom in one of these areas on Kentucky Lake.  
 
The Catfish are staging at the mouths of the bays and the good Channel Cat fishing should be on in the bays within the next week or so.  Expect some good catches in the near future in the bays especially near rocky shallow areas.  These fish can be caught on a number of baits but it is hard to beat a nightcrawler.  

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