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Sauger and catfish have been the best fishing this week.

Sauger have been spotty but very good some days in the tail waters of Lake Barkley. Most have been caught close to the dam and a few catches have come from farther down stream. 2" and 3" Sassy Shad alone and also tipped with minnows have been catching most. A few scattered catches have come from the canal area on Lake Barkley.

Blue cats have been hitting well along the river channel in Kentucky Lake. A few catches of blue cats have been caught below Kentucky Dam. Cut shad and shad guts have been good baits.

Stripers have been slow.

Some good catches of crappie have come from the Jonathan Creek on Kentucky Lake. Minnows and hair jigs caught most. Hair jigs have worked better than plastic.

There has been little largemouth and bluegill fishing to report.

TIP: Stay safe around the cold water.

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Thanks for the report. I have always wanted to go try for the big cats below the dams on Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake.

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Sauger and catfish have been the best fishing this week.
Blue cats have been hitting well along the river channel in Kentucky Lake. A few catches of blue cats have been caught below Kentucky Dam. Cut shad and shad guts have been good baits.
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I'm lucky. I have all of Indiana and Kentucky for a territory. I get to fish a lot of different water... and meet a lot of different people.

Malcolm Lane is a heck of a guy, if you ever go, look him up.

I get a new report every week from him. Makes me want to go fishing every time I read one.



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I used to have a great uncle that lived on Kentucky Lake down in Buchanan, TN. The bluegill fishing was outstanding!
 

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Fishing has been scattered this week. The weather has kept most
fishermen inside.

Some sauger have been caught in the tail waters of both
lakes. Most have ben caught bouncing minnows off the bottom. Sauger in
the lakes have been slow mostly because of the windy conditions. It has
been hard to fish the main lake.

Bluegill and largemouth are slow.

There has been very little crappie fishing to report. The temps have warmed
and fishing will improve when the winds let up a bit.

TIP: Sometimes in winter the warmest water is near the shore.

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Hey WAR EAGLE,
I live in Franklin also. Maybe we can get together sometime and go bass fishing. I have a few good spots and by looking at the picture you posted, so do you.

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I could tell you about my hotspots... but then I'd have to kill you. ;)

You bet, I am always looking for someone to fish with. I am going today as a matter of fact. 60* here in Whiteland supposedly.

Look me up anytime.


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I talked to a guy that went last Sunday just across the IN / IL state line. They caught 50 bass. Several in the 5 - 7 lbs. range. Using suspended stick baits with added stick on weights to slow down the float back up. Working it very, very, very, very slow. GOOD LUCK!
 

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I stuck a nice largemouth on a suspending husky jerk yesterday. These are the days of crank and stall slow fishing. Not my favorite way to fish, but what works, works.

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My dad went out yesterday and caught 6 nice 'gills. He tried the suspended bait tactics for bass but got no takers.

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I stuck a nice largemouth on a suspending husky jerk yesterday. These are the days of crank and stall slow fishing. Not my favorite way to fish, but what works, works.

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Hey War,
Know of any good places we can go here in Franklin??? Im kinda looking for some place to go fish for an hour or so in the evenings or whatever, ya know just one of the spur of the moment trips. I sometimes fish over next to Hillview Country Club. I only get run off from there about 10% of the time. Do you know where Norton Farm is, if not its the big farm out by The Legends golf course. I fish there alot. Now that deer season is over all im thinking about is roughing up the meat on my thumb taking bass off the hook.
 

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Well, I spend a lot of time at Atterbury. I do know Norton Farms. I have never fished there however. I fish Sugar and Blue creeks a lot. And I head over to Martinsville and fish a lake called Sycamore. Especially in cold water weather.

It has recently been turned into a pay lake. $5 for 24hrs. Kind of sucks to pay to fish, but they have done a lot of work to it and I think it will actually slow down some of the fishing pressure at least here at first. I catch a ton of bass and crappie over there.

I also have a few friends in Greenwood who live in housing additions and they have lakes I fish sometimes.

Let's get out next time the weather looks close to good.

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I must first appologize to Malcolm Lane... he got me his report for Kentucky Lake last week like he always does. I was in Florida and did not get it out.

Here is this weeks report:

Fishing and fishing activity has picked up lately. The warmer weather
has had more out fishing than the past several weeks.

Crappie have been hitting minnows in 4' to 6' of water around wood close to deep water.
That has slowed the past two days. The lakes were up several feet from
winter pool and have dropped sharply back to winter pool the past two
days. Fishing below the dams has been slow because of the high levels.
They have started dropping back to normal and fishing should improve in
the tail waters as soon as the levels get down.

There has no bluegill fishing to report.

Sauger has been good and slow in the lakes and slow in the tail waters. The days are getting longer and fishing will start to improve over the rest of the winter with those cold front slow downs.

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Crappie fishing has been good during the warm days this past week. Good
size and good numbers of crappie have been taken shallow. Fishing minnow
and jigs under bobbers set at 4' to 6' have been working very good.
Fishing around wood that is in or very near deep water has been the
pattern. Mid day to late afternoon seems to be the better times.

The rivers below the dams are high and there has not been much activity
there. Catfishing has been good along the old river channels and in the
mouth of the bigger creek channels. Bottom bouncing several different
baits has been the method.

Fishing will be better on the days with sunshine and west wind. Crappie will continue
to improve as we move towards spring. The cold fronts will slow things but they will
improve again quickly.

TIP: Remember the warmer water is along the shorelines.

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Fishing and fishing activity have really slowed this past week. The
water temps were in the upper 40's but has fallen to 40 degrees.

Crappie and largemouth were good but when the water temps fell with all t
he snow and cold we had fishing got tough. With the warm sun the next few days
warming the shallow water , fishing will pick back up. While it was cold
there was very little activity to report. Everyone was staying inside
and warm.

Fishing the tailwaters has also slowed . The rivers are still
high below the dams. This is typical fishing for mid February.

Fishing can still be good when we have two or three warm days in a row. Be ready
and when the sun shines fishing will be good those days.

TIP: Try shallow water in winter. Sometimes that has the warmer water.

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Fishing conditions haven't been very good this past week. High winds,
snow and cold has kept most everyone inside. Fishing at the first part
of the week was slow. The water temps have fallen back to the low
forties and the bite had really slowed. The sudden drop in the temps
shocked the fish and has had everything in slow gear.

The tail waters have been high and has slowed the bite in the tail waters also.
The rivers are dropping now and should be back to normal soon. Sauger and
catfishing has been the better option with the conditions we have had.

Sauger have been slow but some have been caught below Barkley Dam
bouncing minnows off the bottom.

Catfishing has been fair in the lakes also bottom bouncing. Cut bait and
nightcrawlers has been the better baits.

With the warm days we are having now the water will begin to warm quickly
and should have us in early spring mode soon.

TIP: Keep fishing. You never know when the bite will start.

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The lake temps have started rising in the shallows and some good catches
of crappie have been reported. Most have been caught under bobbers using
minnows or jigs. Most have been caught with the bobber set for 2' to 4'.
Some good catches have also come from brush in 10' to 15' using tube
jigs. The crappie catches are scattered but good catches have been
taken.

Smallmouth have been moving to the pea gravel banks, especially
in Kentucky Lake. Three inch Mister Twister Curly tail have worked well.

Some good largemouth have been taken on both lake using small crank
baits and jerk baits.

Sauger have been fair in the tail waters.

Whitebass and bluegill are slow.

Catfishing has been good in the tail waters but slow in the lakes.
With the water warming, fishing will improve quickly.

TIP: Keep changing patterns when water temps are changing quickly.

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Spring is around the corner.

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Crappie fishing has really started. Fishing has been good on both lakes.
The crappie seem to be scattered yet but are moving shallow. The water
temps have gotten into the mid fifties. Some good white crappie have
been taken vertical jigging Mister Twister Lighting Bugs. Good sized
black crappie are being caught around brush in 4' to 5' of water.

Largemouths are being caught on spinner baits and small crank baits
along the gravel points inside the bays.

Bluegill and whitebass have been slow.

There is not much activity in the tail waters. The rivers are high and swift.

Catfishing is fair along the old creek channels that feed into the old rivers.
Bottom bouncing with cut bait has been working best.

TIP: The water is warming fast. Don't wait too long to go crappie fishing.

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from Tuesday....

The past two days have been cold and wet. Not many fishermen have
ventured to the lakes. Before that crappie fishing ws excellent. The
male crappie have started getting their spawning colors. Vertical
jigging hair jigs like Mister Twister Lighting Bugs has been catching
some really good white crappie. When the sun has been out black crappie
has been caught near the shore in 6' to 8' of water by casting Curly
Tails. The cold and wind the past couple of day has cooled the water a
bit and will slow fishing for at least a few days. As soon as the sun is
out for a couple day crappie will be very good again.

Largemouth have been hitting jerk baits along the gravel shorelines and
points inside the bays.

Smallmouths have been hitting small crank baits along the pea
gravel shorelines inside the major bays, especially on Kentucky Lake.
They are in pre spawn and have been hitting well. There haven't been any
reports but they should hit on these cloudy days. Fishing in the tail
waters has been slow because of the high water. The dams have been
releasing a lot of water because of the recent rain. When the weather
gets stable fishing will be good again. The water temps are in the mid
fifties and fish have started moving shallow for spring.

TIP: Remember that the warmest water sometimes is along the shoreline.

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