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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/22/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.12  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 350.20  Surface Temperature - 66
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at a rate of 13,500 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at a rate of 8,800 cfs this morning.  

There is some wood debris floating on both lakes from the rise to summer pool so boaters need to keep a sharp out for this debris when running the lakes.
 
General Conditions:  We have had warm weather this week with most of the week light winds and sunny skies.  A front did pass through the area yesterday which brought us a day of soaking rain but the temperatures held up.  The water temperatures shot up with this warmer weather, about 5-6 degrees since last week.  This quick warm up of the water has moved a lot more bass into the creeks and bays.  Some fish started showing up shallow in the spawning areas over the past couple of days and we should expect more each day as the weather forecast is good with no nasty cold fronts in the immediate future.  We have been taking most of our fish on the staging banks and points off the spawning areas and they have been scattered for the most part.  Lots of reports of folks having a tough bite this week, but I would classify it more of a scattered bite in that the fish have been scattered out as they are moving.  We have not had any problems putting a limit or more of keepers in the boat each day although we have not had any numbers of large fish in the 4 lbs plus catagory.  We spent yesterday concentrating on the spawning areas and found a number of fish had now arrived there and were eating.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on 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, whacky rigged worms 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 are on the beds and also on post spawn 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:  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, Zman chatterbaits in white/chartruese,  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 and green pumpkin/blue, Zoom trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin blue and watermelon purple.
 
CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8 -10 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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Heron
Photo by Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.