Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/01/2003
Kentucky Lake: Water elevation at the dam - 359.56 Surface Temperature - 66 Lake Barkley: Water elevation at the dam - 359.50 Surface Temperature - 65 Both lakes have been seeing current generated over the past week. Kentucky Lake is clear to stained and Lake Barkley is stained. There is a lot of wood floating in Lake Barkley with some in Kentucky Lake but not nearly as much as Lake Barkley. Little River on Lake Barkley is severely stained to muddy as a result of heavy rains we have been receiving with afternoon and evening thunderstorms that have been coming thru the area recently. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been very good over the past week with late prespawn patterns and spawning patterns prevailing. These fish are being taken near flooded flower beds and buck brush by fishing with jignpig, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, tubes, and lizards, floating worms, buzzbaits, and chug baits. The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary chunk rock points on crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes on the east side of Kentucky Lake. These fish are active during periods of current generation. Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Zoom baby and full sized brushogs in junebug, rootbeer, and watermelon candy, and green pumpkin, Snoozer tubes in black/blue, watermelon burst, and road kill cammo, Zoom and Hook Some Bass lizards in green pumpkin and pumpkin, Xwire and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom trick worms in bubblegum, flourescent orange, and watermelon/red, Lunker buzzbaits in white and black, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, and Bandit Crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese. The Crappie fishing has slowed as most of the Crappie have completed spawning. Crappie are being caught along creek channels over wood cover by spider rigging small jigs and minnows. Some shallow Crappie are still being caught on minnows under bobbers and by casting jigs near shallow wood cover but most of these Crappie are smaller males. The Channel Catfish are staging at the mouths of the bays with some moving onto the flats. These fish are taking leaches and nightcrawlers. The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are starting to bed in the bays in areas that have vegetation. Some good fish are being taken by fishing wax worms and pinched nightcrawlers on bottom in the bedding areas.
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