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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 01/09/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.8  Surface Temperature - 41

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.9  Surface Temperature - 42

The water temperatures in many of the creeks are a little lower than those reported above.  Most of the creeks I have been in this week on Kentucky Lake showed temperatures around 38-39 degress on the surface.  

Everyone I have talked to this week has found the fishing slow in the creeks for crappie.  Most of the crappie I am seeing on my electronics are holding along old creek channels on the main lake over brush or stumps in 15-25ft of water.  

The main lakes have been rough this past few days with winds and it is tough to fish these fish in these conditions.  I have talked to a few anglers that are catching some good Sauger in the canal using one ounce jigs tipped with minnows.  

I have not received any reports on either Largemouth or Smallmouth this week.  I myself tried for some Smallmouth yesterday but was unable to effectively fish my areas due to 3-4 ft rollers on the LBL side of Kentucky Lake.  

The daytime temperatures are finally getting back to above the freezing mark and hopefully this will allow for more anglers, including myself to venture out a little more in search of the normally good winter time fishing here for Crappie and Sauger.  

If you get a chance to get out this weekend, I would suggest you try deadlining small minnows along the old creek channels on the main lakes for crappie.  This can be deadly this time of year if the wind will cooperate for you.  Once you find active fish, stay with them as this time of year they will be very closely schooled up and usually you will get some very good quality fish.  

The best bite on the lakes right now is for big Catfish on south Barkley near the river channels.  Reports of some trophy sized Catfish are still coming in using cut baits fished on bottom rigs.  Cut Skipjacks are reportedly the best producing bait. 

Unless we have a very long winter this year, we are only a few weeks away from the beginning of a new season.  

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.