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April 10-16, 2014 Fishing Report for Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

On April 10, the elevation of Kentucky Lake was 357.7 feet and the surface water temperature was 58 degrees.  The elevation of Lake Barkley was 357.7 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 fair to good on Kentucky Lake. Crappie are being taken on live minnows or jigs tipped with minnows in the backs of the larger creeks in 4 to8 feet of water.  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 slow to 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 or chunk rock.

BLUEGILL:  Bluegill fishing is slow on both lakes using red worms fished in main lake brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water.

WHITE BASS:  White bass fishing is slow on both lakes. Some yellow bass are being taken on live minnows inside 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 main lake and at creek mouths.

FISHING TIP:  Recent rainfall has put a lot of color in the water of the some of the creeks.  Dirty or murky may still be productive by using darker solid color lures such as reds, orange or chartreuse. Crappie are being taken in both Blood River and Jonathan Creek in dirty water on solid color twister tails in 4 to 8 feet of water.

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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