FISHING REPORT JUNE 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.63 Surface Temperature – 85
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.40 Surface Temperature – 85

Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 37,425 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,100 cfs this morning. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: Hot and humid describes the weather here this week and the forecast indicates this weather pattern will continue over the weekend. Heat indexes are topping over 100 degrees right now so make sure you stay hydrated if your headed out on the lakes.

The ledge bite has been slow this past week with little current and low oxygen levels. The best bite has been very early in the morning and late in the evening in shallow water in the creeks and bays where you can catch some bass on top water lures where they are feeding on schools of fry. The mayflies are also hatching right now and some bass can be taken in the creeks and bays on these hatches where white bass and some largemouth mixed in are in the jumps during the morning hours. Top water lures are working on these fish when they are up feeding on the surface.

FLASH: I will not be publishing a report next week. I have been having some pain in one of my legs this past week and a trip to the doctor on Wednesday revealed that I have a blood clot in my right leg and I have been ordered off the water for a week rest and treatment as we try to get this condition resolved.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. The ledge bite is slow. These fish are being taken with deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, drop shots and swim baits. Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in the backs of the creeks and bays on top water lures where they are feeding on schools of fry. Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays during the morning hours where mayfly hatches are occurring. These fish are mixing in with white bass in jumps and can be taken on top water lures.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and swim baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in sexy shad and blue back/chartreuse belly, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in mustang, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rig in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worm in plum and green pumpkin on Texas rigs, Big Hammer swim baits in bay smelt and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green. Strike King top water splash bait in white and whopper plopper top water in monkey’s butt.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays but reports indicate they are somewhat scattered now. The blue gill are taking crickets under bobbers and the Red Ears are taking red worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom. Some bluegills are also being taken around mayfly hatches early in the morning on red worms and crickets under bobbers.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart

Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT JUNE 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.18 Surface Temperature – 80
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.05 Surface Temperature – 80

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 89,494 cfs this morning. Lake Barkley was generating at an average rate of 29,400 cfs this morning.
The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: We had a reprieve from the above average heat and humidity after the passing of the cold front last weekend which made our fishing a little more pleasant with the lower temperatures and humidity. This reprieve is short lived though as the above average temperatures and higher humidity levels are returning today with the approach of another front that will be passing though the lakes area this weekend.

The bass fishing this week has been up and down on the ledges for numbers of fish but some nice fish were taken by having the patience and confidence to stay on a ledge where the fish were present and work to get some of them to bite. The ledge fish have been pressured so much over the past few weeks with all the big and smaller tournaments that we have had here that they have become more lure wary than one would expect for this time in June. Slower techniques such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs, drop shots and swim baits were our best producers this week on the ledges.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and deep main lake points. These fish are being taken with deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, drop shots and swim baits. Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in the backs of the creeks and bays on top water lures where they are feeding on schools of fry.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and swim baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in sexy shad and blue back/chartreuse belly, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in mustang, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rig in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worm in plum on Texas rigs, Big Hammer swim baits in bay smelt and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays but reports indicate they are somewhat scattered now. The blue gill are taking crickets under bobbers and the Red Ears are taking red worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers on rocky banks and points.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

June: 27th and 28th are now available due to cancellations
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT MAY 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.8 Surface Temperature – 80
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.4 Surface Temperature – 80

Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 101,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,800 this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: Subtropical depression Alberto passed over the lakes area last night through this morning. We received heavy rains most of the night and this morning. Lake levels rose some with all the rain but the TVA has increased the flow rates to compensate for this influx of water. The present TVA forecast is not calling for a significant rise in the water levels but I advise you to check the TVA site for any updates that may arise. I apologize for not publishing a report last week but between guiding everyday and some pressing personal business I had to deal with after getting off the water I had to forego the report.

More fish have shown up on the ledges since my last report two weeks ago. We have taken some nice fish off the ledges for sure but I am also finding that some of the ledges I have fished for many years have been void of fish so far. I did not get out on the water today as Alberto was overhead and between the heavy downpours and high winds it just was not prudent to be on the water. I was on Barkley yesterday and the water conditions were good but I suspect it will be getting a lot of color to it with all the rain we had last night and this morning. I would expect the backs of many of the creeks and bays on Kentucky have dirty water flowing into them also. Our best bite over the past few days out have been on the ledges with some early morning top water bite in the backs of the creeks and bays before the sun gets up over the trees.

It has been hot here for the most part over the past week and the heat and humidity is forecasted to continue through Sunday. Chances for thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow and Friday. Keep an eye on the sky for these storms. They come up quick and have high winds and nasty cloud to ground lightning. We had to cut two trips short last week due to these storms popping up on us in the early afternoon.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and deep main lake points. These fish are being taken with deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, drop shots and swim baits. There are still a number of Largemouth on secondary creek channel points in the creeks and bays although most of these are smaller fish they can provide some fun with an occasional keeper in the mix. These fish can be taken with medium running crank baits, shaky heads, tube jigs and ned rigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and swim baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in sexy shad and blue backchartruese, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in mustang, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rig in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worm in plum, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Charmer tubes in blue cat and green pumpkin/orange and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays but reports indicate they are somewhat scattered now. The blue gill are taking crickets under bobbers and the Red Ears are taking red worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers on rocky banks and points.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT MAY 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.14 Surface Temperature – 77
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.10 Surface Temperature – 77

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 60,500 late this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,200 this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: Well it has been another week of hot weather and a lot of flat water days. Last week I reported we had some slow days and a few fair days. This week is a mirror of that same pattern. The Largemouth Bass are still in post spawn transition phase and finding any numbers of keeper plus bass has been tough. One can catch a lot of smaller bass on most days though so at least there is some consistent action even if it is not as good on the bigger bass as we would like to have. To paraphrase a number of the FLW Professionals that came across the weigh-in stage this afternoon…”it is tough out there”. We did manage a few fish on ledges this week but our best action continues to be on primary and secondary post spawn points.

The weather pattern we have been experiencing over the past couple weeks is forecasted to continue through next week. Hot days and scattered thunderstorms. Some of these storms are severe so keep an eye on the sky for an approaching storm and seek a safe port immediately as these storms do contain high winds and lots of lightning. Bring plenty of water or sports drinks to stay hydrated and don’t forget the sun screen.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on medium running crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs shaky heads and ned rigs. A few Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits. Some largemouth are now being taken on early ledges on deep diving crank baits, swim baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The Largemouth are primarily on post spawn transition and numbers of keepers being taken is slow.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits. Some Smallmouth have been taken off ledges but like the Largemouth, the ledges are still spotty.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Strike King XD6 crank baits in sexy shad and blue/chartreuse, Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in shad and bluegill patterns, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin, Charmer tubes in blue craw, Zman TRD baits on ned rigs in green pumpkin.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are now spawning in the shallows. These bluegills are being taken on red worms fished under bobbers. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with small jigs tipped with worms slowly reeled along the bottom. Good catches are being reported.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are now moving up on shallow rocky banks and points on the main lake to spawn. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers. Good catches are being reported.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT MAY 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.41 Surface Temperature – 70
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.20 Surface Temperature – 70

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 37,500 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at average rate of 29,700 cfs this morning. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: Well, we went from late winter conditions one month ago with snow to now summer with record and near record temperatures this week. The little bit of normal spring weather we had was short lived. As I mentioned in last week’s report, we still have some bass spawning and still a few that have not spawned and some on post spawn patterns. We caught bass shallow, deep and in between this week with the bite being slow some slow days and some fair bite days. We had some hot days with blue skies and flat water and some hot days with high winds which kept us from being able to cover much water. We have lake wind warnings out again today so my clients and I made the decision to wait for more favorable conditions. Although there are still some shallow spawning fish and there will still be a few late spawners, I believe most of the bass are now on post spawn banks and points. We did manage to catch a few fish on early ledges this week also and I expect the ledge bite will picking up over the next week or so.

The weekend forecast is calling for record high temperatures in the 90’s with night time low’s in the 70’s. This pattern is forecasted to continue into early next week. Winds are forecasted to be south quadrant. Be sure to check your latest wind forecasts before venturing on the lakes and take plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Prespawn and post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points as well as on flats near the spawning areas in the creeks and bays on lipless crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, vibrating jigs and whacky rigged worms. Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits. Some largemouth are now being taken on early ledges on Texas rigged large worms, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in shad and bluegill patterns, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are still being reported as scattered with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-15 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. Some Crappie are being taken in 5-10 ft depths over brush piles with small jigs tipped with minnows.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are now starting to spawn in the shallows. These bluegills are being taken on red worms fished under bobbers. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with small jigs tipped with worms slowly reeled along the bottom.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are now moving up on shallow rocky banks and points on the main lake to spawn. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT May 3 ,2018

May 3, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.21 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.95 Surface Temperature – 65

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 59,950 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 67,800 cfs this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: The lakes were drawn down 2.5 ft since my report last week. Water temperatures increased 4 degrees. We have had sunny blue skies since last Friday until today when some cloud cover and rain moved into the area with an approaching front. We also had lake wind warnings issued here the past 2 days. You can tell it is spring now with the ever changing conditions. Last week I reported the bass bite as good with the water 2.5 ft over pool and heavy cloud cover. This all changed with the water being drawn down and blue bird skies this past week. I would classify the bite this week as fair with all these changes. It is pick your pattern time now with some bass on late prespawn patterns, some bass spawning and some bass now of post spawn. We caught bass that were still yet to spawn this week as well as bass that had already spawned. I did see a number of bass on beds this week also but we did not fish them as I do not like to pull bass off their beds. We took a number of bass on the flats out in front of the brush where they had moved as a result of the dropping water levels. Numbers of bass can be taken right now but keepers in the 2-3 lb range are more scarce than the past few years. It seems when we do get a good keeper it is in the 4 plus pound range. The up side to this is that it is not hard to catch numbers of fish but difficult to catch numbers of good keeper sized bass.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for a high of 79/morning low of 67 with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. Wind is forecast to be 15-20 ranging from SW in the morning to NW in the afternoon with frontal passage. Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 72/morning low of 60 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms with light and variable winds. Sunday’s forecast is calling for a high of 81/morning low of 55 with a 50% chance of afternoon thunderstorms with wind W at 5-10.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Prespawn and post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points as well as on flats near the spawning areas in the creeks and bays on lipless crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, vibrating jigs and whacky rigged worms. Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns and shad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are still being reported as scattered with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-15 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with some occasional few fish being taken in shallow water on warmer afternoons on bobbers and minnows and bobbers and jigs.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 361.55 Surface Temperature – 61
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 361.35 Surface Temperature – 61

Both Lakes are 2.5 feet over summer pool and on a slow draw down. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 150,385 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 87,500 cfs this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: Some big condition changes occurred since my last week’s report. Heavy rains here and up river earlier this week raised the lakes to their present level. This coupled with some warmer days raised the water temperatures about 5 degrees. Those scattered and finicky bass that we have been reported for the last few weeks finally moved into the shallows and the bite has been good this week. We are catching numbers of fish right now in the flooded brush and wood cover in the creeks and bays. There are still some bass staging on secondary points and channel banks also in the creeks and bays but the shallow bite has ruled this week. The TVA has started a slow draw down this afternoon and unless something changes weather wise the slow drawdown will continue until we once again reach summer pool

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits, jigs, Texas and Florida rigged creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are bedding right now on gravel banks on the main lake and in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are taking jigs, Texas rigged creature baits and tube jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns and shad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are still being reported as scattered with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-20 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with some occasional few fish being taken in shallow water on warmer afternoons on bobbers and minnows.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: 16,17, 24
June 13, 14, 21 25, 27, 28, 29

I am also taking reservations also for July, August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart

Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.25 Surface Temperature – 58
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.10 Surface Temperature – 57

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 121,900 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 48,100 this afternoon.
The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: The weather pattern we have been having over the past few weeks continued to plague the lakes area this past week. We continue to get a cold fronts coming through the area about every 2-3 days. We get one or two days of nice above normal temperatures and then a couple of days of well below normal temperatures. We are still getting a lot of wind with most of these fronts also. We did have one day this week on Tuesday that it actually got very warm and the wind did not blow. Yesterday it was again very warm but the wind was blowing at 20-30 with gusts to 40. The accompanied cold front came through last night and we woke up to the cold again with north winds at 15-20. Obviously we did not get on the water every day over the past week but did manage a couple of days. The bass bite still remains scattered over all with more small fish being taken than keeper plus sized fish. Example: The USA Bassin tournament last Saturday had 31 boats with no 5 fish limits weighed. 25 of those 31 boats had one fish or less. The Legacy Marine tournament last Sunday had 28 boats, of which 2 limits were weighed in and of the 28 boats, 23 boats had 2 fish or less.

What I have seen is that keeper plus sized fish are biting in the creeks and bays during the afternoon on the warm prefrontal days after the water temperatures warm up in the shallows. These fish are holding off the banks in the ditch channels off the spawning areas and moving up when the water warms up. The smaller fish are relating more to the channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays..

The forecast for tomorrow (Friday) is for a morning low of 35/afternoon high of 64 with wind ENE at 8. Saturday’s forecast is showing a morning low of 41/afternoon high of 68 with wind E at 10. Sunday’s forecast is calling for a morning low of 50/afternoon high of 59 with a 100% chance of rain and wind E at 10-15. The extended forecast thru mid next week is for daytime high’s in the low 60’s/night time low’s around 50 with a chance of rain each day. The latter part of next week is showing more favorable temperatures in the 70’s with more stable weather….I and I am sure many others are praying that this forecast is right because I and many other anglers are tired of this March weather and are ready for spring.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken in the shallows in the creeks and bays on jerk baits, spinner baits, vibrating jigs and lipless crank baits as well as Texas rigged creature baits and whacky rigged worms.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and gravel bars near deep water on the main lake as well as on secondary points and gravel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits and tube jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns, Rapala Shad Raps in crawdad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Rattle Traps in red craw and chrome shad, D&L jigs in black blue and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in chartreuse shad and aurora black, vibrating jigs in blue glimmer with pearl white swim bait trailer, Charmer 6″ lizards in watermelon/red and green pumpkin and Yamamoto senkos rigged whacky style in variations of green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are being reported as scattered also, with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-15 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging in the creeks and bays with an occasional few fish being taken in 8-10 ft of water on warmer afternoons with some moving even shallower on the warmer afternoons.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: Sorry I am booked up.
May: 1, 2, 4, 15, 16,17, 24
June: 12, 13, 21 25, 27, 28, 29

I am also taking reservations also for July, August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

FISHING REPORT April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.02 Surface Temperature – 56
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.00 Surface Temperature – 56

Both lakes are 2 feet below summer pool and on a slow rise. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 45,900 this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 34, 400 this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: The weather patterns this past week have remained about the same as we have seen for the past few weeks. We had snow and cold last weekend as well as below normal temperatures the first part of this week. The water temperatures dropped about 4 degrees with that arctic blast but have recovered to their previous levels over the past couple days with warmer than normal temperatures. Of course with these above normal temperatures we are experiencing strong winds from the south. Bass fishing has remained the same as I reported last week with the fish still scattered for the most part, numbers of smaller fish being taken with an occasional nice big fish but not numbers of them nor numbers of keepers.

The warmer weather will continue tomorrow (Friday) with a morning low of 59, afternoon high of 79 with wind SSW 15-25. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow night and into Saturday. The morning low for Saturday is forecast to be 60, afternoon high of 66 with scattered thunderstorms and wind SSE at 16. Another cold front is coming through on Saturday night and the morning low on Sunday is forecast to be 44, afternoon high of 49 with wind W at 13. The cold continues on Monday with a morning low of 37, afternoon high of 51 with wind NW at 14. The good news is, if the extended forecast is correct, we will be seeing more seasonable temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s next week. Hopefully these more stable weather patterns along with the rising water will improve the bass fishing we have seen over the past number of weeks.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and banks on crank baits, Alabama rigs, jigs and suspending jerk baits. Largemouth are also being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake near deep water on spinner baits, lipless crank baits, vibrating jigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, neko rigs and crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken in the shallows in the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits and lipless crank baits as well as Texas rigged creature baits. As you can see, the fish are scattered. Most of the shallow fish are small fish with an occasional nice fish.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some nice Smallmouth have been taken as they are on their pre spawn bite right now. Most of these fish are being taken on main lake points and deep points in the mouths of the creeks and bays on crank baits, suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Alabama rig with Keitech swim baits in French pearl and Pro blue, Big Hammer swim baits in pearl white and sexy smelt, Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns, Rapala Shad Raps in crawdad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Rattle Traps in red craw and chrome shad, D&L jigs in black blue and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu, Mega Bass suspending jerk baits in ito watsugi, vibrating jigs in blue glimmer with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards in watermelon/red and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are being reported as scattered also, with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-20 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with an occasional few fish being taken in 8-10 ft of water on warmer afternoons.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: 27
May: 1, 2, 4, 15, 16,17, 18, 24
June: 12, 13, 14, 21 25, 27, 28, 29

I am also taking reservations also for July, August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”

Fishing Report: April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.43 Surface Temperature – 56
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.35 Surface Temperature – 55

Both lakes are about one and one half foot above winter pool and on a slow rise. Barring any unforeseen large input of water, the lakes are on schedule to reach summer pool at the end of this month. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 47,000 cfs this morning Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,700 cfs this morning. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current conditions: Cold fronts, warm fronts, rain and wind has been the story over the past couple weeks. It is not over yet from the looks of the weather forecast. The weather has kept us off the water a number of days over the past couple weeks but we have managed to get a few days in when it is not cold, raining and/or the wind blowing to bad to be on the water. The Bass bite remains scattered and somewhat slow. We are getting a nice fat big fish now and then but the bigger fish are not coming in numbers for us yet. We are catching a number of smaller bass most days. The confirmed reports I have received and the tournament results lately are mirroring the same as we have been doing. We need some more stable warm weather to get the water temperatures up and the fish biting better.

The forecast for tomorrow looks good with a morning low of 46 and afternoon high of 61 with a chance of rain showers during the late afternoon. Wind is forecasted to be SSW at 8. Another nasty cold front is coming through Friday night and is making the weekend outlook nasty. A forecast of rain and possibly changing over to snow tomorrow night is in the offing. The forecast for Saturday is for a morning low of 30, daytime high of 46 with NNE wind at 15. Sunday’s forecast is showing a morning low of 29, daytime high of 49 with wind E at 9 and a 60% chance of rain showers during the afternoon.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and banks on crank baits, Alabama rigs, jigs and suspending jerk baits. Largemouth are also being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake near deep water on spinner baits, lipless crank baits, vibrating jigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, neko rigs and crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken in the shallows in the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits and lipless crank baits as well as Texas rigged creature baits. As you can see, the fish are scattered. Most of the shallow fish are small fish with an occasional nice fish.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some nice Smallmouth have been taken as they are on their pre spawn bite right now. Most of these fish are being taken on main lake points and deep points in the mouths of the creeks and bays on crank baits, suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Alabama rig with Keitech swim baits in French pearl and Pro blue, Big Hammer swim baits in pearl white and sexy smelt, Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns, Rapala Shad Raps in crawdad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw, chrome sexy shad and blue chrome, Rattle Traps in red craw and chrome shad, D&L jigs in black blue and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu, Mega Bass suspending jerk baits in ito watsugi, vibrating jigs in blue glimmer with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards in watermelon/red.

Crappie: Crappie are being reported as scattered also, with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-20 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with an occasional few fish being taken in 8-10 ft of water on warmer afternoons.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR FISHING AND BOATING NEEDS:

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures and Pro Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.

GUIDE SERVICE:

For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. I have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5 days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.

No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.

If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: 27, 30
May: 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 24
June: 12, 13, 14, 21 25, 27, 28, 29

I am also taking reservations also for July, August, September, October and November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987
“Fish With A Professional”