Smallmouth bass inhabit both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in western Kentucky, but Kentucky Lake is known to have a greater population. It simply comes down to habitat, and Kentucky Lake has more deep water, with a rock bottom and pea gravel flats, than Barkley. That’s not to say you can’t get into smallies on Barkley; it’s just more common on Kentucky.
Smallmouth become active earlier in the year than most other game fish found in the lakes. The pre-spawn period generally kicks off in late February, when water temperatures push into the upper 40s. Largemouth are still slow going, making smallmouth the bass to seek during this time period.
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