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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/14/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.01  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.10  Surface Temperature - 61
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 22,300 this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 19,600 this afternoon.  
General Conditions:  This week started off with another cold front and water temperatures dropped again down to 57 degrees.  But the good news is that the past couple of days have finally given us some warm and stable weather and as you can see from the water temperatures above that  water temperatures have recovered nicely and are on the rise.  This has the bass moving into prespawn areas by the numbers and also has more bass roaming the shallows.  The Crappie have also responded and are now holding on off spawning banks with some numbers moving shallow early and late in the day.
The forecast this week is a great one!  We are sitting under a ridge of high pressure for the next week at least and we will continue to have warm days and light winds.  Tomorrow's forecast is calling for a high of 73/low of 51 with wind ESE at 7.  Saturday is showing a high of 75/low of 53 with wind SE at 7.  Sunday has a high forecasted of 79/low of 53 with wind SE at 5.  Sunny skies are forecasted through the next number of days.  The extended forecast through next mid week is showing high's near 80 or high 70's/ low's in the mid 50's with more east quadrant light wind.  It is about time we saw some nice weather after all the prior weeks of cold fronts every other day.  If you want to enjoy some spring fishing, now is the time to get on the water!
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake primary points. as well as secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits, lipless and square billed crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.  
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points and banks as well as gravel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are bedding and are being taken on crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and grubs.  
PRODUCTIVE LURES:  Some of the productive lures reported this week are:   Rapala shadraps in demon, Strike King DT 6 and10 in red crawdad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese,  Strike King red eye shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Spro Little John shallow crankbaits in spring craw and black/chartruese, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartruese, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin,  Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug, Charmer lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin.
CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 10-12 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Numbers of Crappie are now staging over wood cover in 5-7 feet of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are moving to the shoreline early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken by casting curly tail jigs, roadrunners and with jigs and minnows under bobbers.

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.