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April 17-23, 2014 Fishing Report for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

On April 17, the elevation of Kentucky Lake was 358.4 feet and the surface water temperature was 59 degrees.  The elevation of Lake Barkley was 358.9 feet and the surface water temperature was 58 degrees.  Summer pool for both lakes is 359 feet and winter pool is 354 feet.  (To check daily elevations and projected levels of Kentucky Lake call 1-800-238-2264, lake #33.)

CRAPPIE:  Crappie fishing is good on Kentucky Lake.  Crappie are being taken on live minnows or jigs fished inside the creeks on points and shallow brush.  Other crappie can be found at the creek mouths on ledges 16 to 20 feet deep and can be taken on live minnows.

BASS:  Smallmouth fishing is fair on Kentucky Lake using jigs or 4 inch grubs fished at creek mouth and main lake points.  Largemouth fishing is good on Kentucky Lake.  Good numbers of bass are being taken on spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits fished inside the creeks near shore and on main lake points near chunk rock.

BLUEGILL:  Bluegill fishing is slow on both lakes using red worms fished in brush piles in 4 to 10 feet of water.

WHITE BASS:  White bass fishing is reported as slow on both lakes.  Some yellow bass are being taken on live minnows inside the larger creeks.

SAUGER:  Sauger fishing is fair on Kentucky Lake using large live minnows fished on main lake gravel bars and creek mouths in 15 to 25 feet of water.

CATFISH:  Catfish fishing is fair on Kentucky Lake using cut shad or shrimp fished in 25 to 35 feet of water on the main lake and at creek mouths.

FISHING TIP:  Crappie are spawning and can be found in shallow water near the shore, inside the creeks. Rocky points, brush or fallen trees have been holding good numbers of crappie that can be taken on minnows, twister tails or jigs in 2 to 8 feet of water.  A continued warming trend should make fishing even better in the next few days.

NOTES: A taped telephone report is available by dialing 270-924-2000. A weather forecast is available by dialing 270-744-6331.

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