Kentucky Lake; West Tenessee area
I've been fishing the New Johnsonville area of Kentucky Lake alot lately. Water temps are 69-71 F, the water is stained but not bad for Kylake, and we are at winter pool. The bass and crappie are spawning. They have already moved into the bays and are hitting shad patterns. I have been catching them on a variety of baits, and their preference seems to change day-to-day. I've caught keepers on crank baits (chartruese red eye shad, norman middle N, KVD 1.5), topwater (spook jr. and Pop'r), spinnerbait (chart/wht tandembrass willow & silver colorado), zoom swimmin fluke in pearl and on a texas rigged lizard. I would say they might bite anything right now, depending on the day. I've had my best results on underwater points with current (which is not to say they are on the main river) and rocky shorelines with 3-5 feet of water. I haven't been to the very backs of the bays, but have caught them half way back. They like boat docks or wood lay-downs, and if you go by something like that that's isolated, cast at it several times before moving on.
I would suggest an urgency to get to the lake before easter because I think with the water temps and weather, everything after Easter will be post spawn pattern.
Hope this helps;
J.R. (no longer) in Plainfield
Catch and Release (except for the occasional crappie or walleye fish fry)