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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”

Fishing Report March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.12 Surface Temperature – 53
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.20 Surface Temperature – 53

Both lakes are at winter pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 115,400 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 65,200 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.

I am a couple of weeks late in getting my weekly fishing reports started this season but the demand for my Eliminating Water classes this winter delayed me from getting back on the water at my usual early March starting time. I am happy to have the new season underway and am happy to now be back on the water. It has been a crazy late winter so far this season with unseasonably warm water temperatures in late February due to flood water coming through the lakes from down south, an early season flooding of the lakes earlier this month where we went from winter pool to 5 feet over summer pool in a few days and a fast draw down over this past week back down to winter pool levels. A return of cooler weather has dropped the water temperatures from the mid 50’s to present levels also.

As you can imagine, these large fluctuations in the water levels over the past couple of weeks have kept the bass patterns changing. Hopefully we have seen the last of the flooding for a while and the fish will now settle back into an early pre spawn pattern.

Current Conditions: We still have a lot of water moving through the lakes from up the rivers so there is strong current on both lakes. Kentucky Lake water clarity ranges from stained to clear now and Lake Barkley ranges from heavily stained to stained. There is some floating debris on both lakes but especially on Barkley. Most of the debris has cleared on Kentucky Lake but keep an eye out while running for safety’s sake.

The fast draw down of the lakes has somewhat scattered the bass this past week. Bass are being taken from the shallows in the creeks and bays to the deep points and ledges on the main lakes. The wind lately has made fishing a challenge on the main lakes for most anglers. This was reflected in the results of the first FLW Bass Fishing League’s tournament this past weekend. Although there were 2 really nice bags of fish taken in the tournament, there were only 7 limits of 5 fish weighed in and it only took 8lbs to get a check. Over two thirds of 150 boats weighed only two fish or less with the largest majority of those folks not weighing any fish.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and deep main lake points with current breaks on Alabama rigs and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake near deep water on spinner baits, lipless crank baits and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, jigs and slow rolled crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken in the shallows in the creeks and bays on spinner baits and lipless crank baits. As you can see, the fish are scattered. Most of the shallow fish are small fish with an occasional nice fish. The majority of the larger fish are coming from deep points and ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.

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 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.

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 Commanche 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:

March: Sorry, I am booked up.
April: 10, 13, 14, 15
May: 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 24
June: 12, 13, 20, 25, 27, 28, 29

I am 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 November 15, 2017

*November 15, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.95 Surface Temperature
– 58*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.70 Surface Temperature –
58*

*Both lakes are about one foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling
at an average rate of 61,600 cfs this morning. Barkley dam was spilling at
an average rate of 50,600 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.*

*FLASH: I AM FORMALLY ANNOUNCING THAT I WILL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF
NOVERMBER 2018. I AM MAKING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOW TO ALERT THOSE OF YOU
THAT BOOK WITH ME EVERY YEAR THAT YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS WITH ME
FOR NEXT YEAR SOON IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. *

*I AM ALSO MAKING THIS ANNOUCEMENT SO THAT THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE
INDICATED TO ME MANY TIMES THAT YOU WANT TO TAKE MY “ELIMINATING WATER”
CLASS BUT HAVE NOT FOUND THE TIME TO DO SO ARE AWARE THAT THIS COMING
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WILL BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TAKE THIS CLASS AND SHOULD
MAKE A RESERVATION NOW WHILE I STILL SOME DATES AVAILABLE. I ALSO HAVE A
FEW DAYS STILL AVAILABLE THIS MONTH THAT I AM WILLING TO TEACH THIS CLASS
AND WILL ENTERTAIN TEACHING A FEW CLASSES IN DECEMBER TO ACCOMODATE THOSE
THAT CANNOT ATTEND IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR. *

*I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN AND PRODUCTIVE FINAL GUIDE SEASON NEXT YEAR
AND WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE THAT HAVE MADE MY PAST 22 YEARS AS A BASS GUIDE
SO ENJOYABLE.*

*ALSO, THIS WILL BE MY LAST WEEKLY FISHING REPORT FOR THIS SEASON. I WAS
DIAGNOSED WITH A PARTIALLY COLLASPED LUNG LAST WEEK AND ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT
TOO SERIOUS, MY DOCTOR HAS ORDERED ME TO STAY OFF THE WATER FOR THE NEXT
COUPLE OF WEEKS TO ALLOW THIS TO HEAL. SINCE MY GUIDE SEASON ENDS THIS
MONTH EACH YEAR I WILL NOT BE ON THE WATER AGAIN UNTIL NEXT MARCH. AS MY
REPORT FOLLOWERS KNOW, I WILL NOT PUBLISH A REPORT UNLESS I HAVE FIRST HAND
EXPERIENCE OR CONFIRMED INFORMATION. I WILL AS I HAVE OVER THE YEARS,
PUBLISH A REPORT NOW AND THEN THIS WINTER WHEN I HAVE CONFIRMED CREDIBLE
INFORMATION ON THE BASS FISHING HERE AT THE LAKES.*

*Current Conditions: *Bass fishing continued to be slow last week as
indicated in the results of the FLW BFL Wildcard tournament with most of
the field having weighed only one fish or no fish in the two day tournament
with only a few limits weighed in. It only took an 8.5 lb average each day
to qualify for next year’s All American tournament. The good news is that
the water temperatures finally dropped into the 50’s late last weekend and
I have received a number of reports of schools of shad and bass starting to
move into the shallows over the past few days on both the main lake flats
and in the shallows in the creeks and bays. This indicates the fall bite
is finally getting started and we should start experiencing a more
productive bite over the next few weeks.

*Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and
channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium
running crank baits, suspending jerk baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged
creature baits, shaky heads and tube jigs. Largemouth on shallow flats on
the main lake as well as shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water
lures, lipless crank baits, square billed crank baits, spinner baits and
Senko type baits near isolated wood cover.

*Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken
around submerged crappie beds in the creeks and bays on shaky heads and ned
rigs.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in blue
glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and Cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in
Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina
rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy’s in blue
craw and green pumpkin on shaky heads and Charmer tubes rigged stupid style
in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

*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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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.

*ELIMINATING WATER CLASS:* I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate
Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I
will also teach a few classes this month in November. These classes are
limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8
hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people.
These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few
years and all the feedback I get is very positive.

*Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:*

*”How to Eliminate Water”:* This class is done in a classroom environment.
In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a
bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding
the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year
that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what
information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high
percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this
information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions
on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how
to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the
pattern from day to day, season to season.

Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother
nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a
system to find your fish as well as make decisions before you get on the
water and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler.
What I teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing
guide when I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you
will learn in this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is
not specific to just Ky and Barkley Lakes.

Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely
by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no
button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says “Go Find Fish”. Sonar
units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that,
a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping unit
allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish
and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper
topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark “places of
interest” or as I call them “looks good” spots to go check out when you get
on the water…but finding high percentage spots are not “looks good”
spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what
type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the
different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in
the environment that affect the fish so that you can make the decisions to
choose the right lures and patterns to be more successful.

*I am currently taking reservations for this class as well as for guided
trips next season. Drop me an email or give me a call to make a
reservation.*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*

Fishing Report November 1, 2017

*November 1, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.75 Surface Temperature
– 60*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.65 Surface Temperature –
60*

*Both lakes are about one half foot above winter pool. Kentucky Dam was
generating at an average rate of 45,700 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was
generating at an 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: *We have had some cold below average temperatures
over the past week and this has dropped the water temperatures about 5
degrees since last week’s report. This is a good thing in that it puts us
more in line with water temperatures we would expect to have to get the
fall bite going, but we are still finding the bite slow and scattered on
the north end of both lakes. This is probably due to the rapid drop in the
water temperatures. A large two day tournament out of Kentucky Dam this
past weekend was won with about 22lbs. This is an average of 11 lbs per
day. A smaller one day tournament of 26 boats was won with 3 fish with
only 6 boats weighing a fish.

The better bite is still being reported on the south end of the lakes. The
FLW Costa Series National Championship will be launching out of Paris, Tn
tomorrow. Reports indicate that most of those folks are practicing south
of Paris in search of a better bite. It will be interesting to see how
these folks do overall as there will be some of the best professional
anglers in the country fishing this tournament.

We have a warm front setting up just south of the lakes today and this is
going to bring us warmer temperatures through the weekend. Forecasted high
temperatures in the 70s and lows in the low 60’s are forecasted starting
tomorrow though the weekend with chances of rain and scattered
thunderstorms each day. This forecast has been changing almost hourly for
the past day or so. Anglers should check the latest forecast before
venturing on the water as this type of warm up this time of year can bring
some nasty storms and south winds.

*Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and
channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium
running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky
heads and tube jigs. A few Largemouth are being taken in shallow cuts on
the main lake as well as on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top
water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type baits near isolated wood
cover. The bite is overall slow and scattered.

*Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken
around submerged crappie beds in the creeks and bays on shaky heads and ned
rigs. The bite is overall slow and scattered.

*Crappie: *I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged
brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by
vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows. The
reports indicate numbers of small fish are being taken with some occasional
nice fish.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in blue
glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and Cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in
Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer timber pups on Texas rigs and
Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy’s
in blue craw and green pumpkin on shaky heads and Charmer tubes rigged
stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

*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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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.

*ELIMINATING WATER CLASS:* I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate
Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I
will also teach a few classes this month in November. These classes are
limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8
hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people.
These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few
years and all the feedback I get is very positive.

*Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:*

*”How to Eliminate Water”:* This class is done in a classroom environment.
In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a
bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding
the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year
that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what
information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high
percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this
information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions
on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how
to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the
pattern from day to day, season to season.

Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother
nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a
system to find your fish as well as madecisions before you get on the water
and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler. What I
teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing guide when
I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you will learn in
this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is not specific to
just Ky and Barkley Lakes.

Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely
by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no
button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says “Go Find Fish”. Sonar
units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that,
a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping unit
allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish
and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper
topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark “places of
interest” or as I call them “looks good” spots to go check out when you get
on the water…but finding high percentage spots are not “looks good”
spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what
type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the
different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in
the environment that will affect the fish.

*Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available.*
*Available Dates:*

*November: A number of dates available. Call or email to book a date for
the fall fishing. I am also now booking dates for next year. Book now to
get the dates(s) you want.*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*

Fishing Report October 27, 2017

*October 27, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.48 Surface Temperature
– 65*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.15 Surface Temperature –
65*

*Both lakes are basically at winter pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at
an average rate of 46,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at
an average rate of 31,200 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: *Below average temperatures earlier this week dropped
the water temperatures 5 degrees since my report last week. Although the
bass bite has still been scattered and overall slow this past week with
still only a few limits coming in to weigh-ins last weekend, I did notice
some movement of some larger shad schools into the creeks and bays this
week. The current forecast would indicate that the water temperatures
should continue to drop over the next week and hopefully this will move us
closer to having a better fall bite as the fish start feeding up for the up
coming winter months. Although we found the bite to still be scattered, we
did have some luck on top water lures, lipless crank baits and spinner
baits this week so hopefully this is a trend that will continue to get
better as the water temperatures drop.

We have a cold front moving through the lakes area this morning with
dropping temperatures through out the day and rain is in the forecast for
this afternoon and tonight. The weekend outlook is showing some cold
temperatures and most likely the first freeze of the season. Saturday’s
forecast is calling for a high of 50 with a night time low of 31 with wind
NW at 10. Sunday has a forecasted high of 54 with a night time low of 38
with wind W at 10. Monday’s forecast is showing a high of 63 with a night
time low of 38 with wind SW 10-15. Another cold front is forecasted to
move through the area late Monday afternoon bring more day time
temperatures in the 50’s and low’s in the 30’s thought mid week.

*Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and
channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium
running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky
heads and tube jigs. A few Largemouth are being taken in shallow cuts on
the main lake as well as on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top
water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type baits near isolated wood
cover.

*Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken
around submerged crappie beds in the creeks and bays on shaky heads and ned
rigs.

*Crappie: *I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged
brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by
vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows. The
reports indicate numbers of small fish are being taken with some occasional
nice fish.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in blue
glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and Cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in
Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer timber pups on Texas rigs and
Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy’s
in blue craw and green pumpkin on shaky heads and Charmer tubes rigged
stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

*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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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.

*ELIMINATING WATER CLASS:* I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate
Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I
will also teach a few classes next month in November. These classes are
limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8
hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people.
These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few
years and all the feedback I get is very positive. Here is some examples of
that feedback:

**Dave … Harry and I took your “Eliminating Water” class and it has
helped both of us like you wouldn’t believe! – J. Harris

**In the past 3 tourney’s I have managed to get a limit on 3 separate
lakes. Old Hickory, Barkley, and Barren. Managed a 3rd place finish Sunday
on Barkley with a 6lb kicker. I have a lot more confidence when I hit the
water now. I no longer pull the old “that bank looks good, lets waste a few
hours here”. Thanks Dave – M. King

**Well worth the money – and probably the most valuable thing I have
purchased in the terms of fishing. – K. Stephens

**The eliminating water class is without a doubt the best money I’ve spent
on fishing in my life. – D. Page

*Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:*

*”How to Eliminate Water”:* This class is done in a classroom environment.
In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a
bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding
the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year
that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what
information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high
percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this
information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions
on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how
to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the
pattern from day to day, season to season.

Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother
nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a
system to find your fish as well as madecisions before you get on the water
and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler. What I
teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing guide when
I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you will learn in
this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is not specific to
just Ky and Barkley Lakes.

Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely
by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no
button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says “Go Find Fish”. Sonar
units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that,
a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping unit
allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish
and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper
topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark “places of
interest” or as I call them “looks good” spots to go check out when you get
on the water…but finding high percentage spots are not “looks good”
spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what
type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the
different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in
the environment that will affect the fish.

*Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available.*
*Available Dates:*

*November: A number of dates available. Call or email to book a date for
the fall fishing. I am also now booking dates for next year. Book now to
get the dates(s) you want.*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*

Fishing Report October 19, 2017

*October 19, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.33 Surface Temperature
– 70*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.25 Surface Temperature –
70*

*Both lakes are one foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at
an average rate of 46,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam 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: *Water temperatures continue to be on a roller
coaster pattern with water temperatures dropping to the high 60’s earlier
this week with a couple of mornings with air temperatures in the 30’s and
now on the rise again as another wave of higher than normal air
temperatures for this time of year over the past couple days. The water
temperatures are still running about 5 degrees above normal for this time
in October and this has keep the fish stuck in transitions patterns of
being scattered and the bass bite remains scattered and overall slow.
Tournament results from this past weekend showed again only a few bags
having a tournament limit of 5 fish with a large number of bags only
getting 2 keepers or less. An example would be the Illinois Team Trail
classic held last Friday and Saturday. The tournament winners won a new
Ranger boat with 25lbs total over the 2 days. This is an average of 12.5
lbs per day. There was a team that had a 20lb bag the first day with a
10lb kicker and then they zeroed on day 2.

I have talked to a lot of bass anglers this week that are reporting
catching a few short fish or only one or two keepers in one or two days of
fishing. I have not had any days without bass this week but most of our
catch has been short fish with a keeper now and then. We are still finding
the bite scatted and slow. Our most productive pattern this week has still
be fishing finesse techniques on secondary points and channel banks in the
creeks and bays. We have taken a few fish on the shallow flats in the
creeks and bays on top water and lipless crank baits but almost all these
fish were short fish.

We have another cold front coming through the lakes area on Sunday and the
extended forecast into next week looks good to drop the water temperatures,
lets hope this forecast holds and the water temperatures drop to more
seasonable levels and get the bass more actively feeding. The forecast for
tomorrow is for a high of 78/night time low of 54 with wind S at 10.
Saturday’s forecast is showing a high of 79/ night time low of 63 with wind
SSE 10-15, Sunday is showing a high of 75/ night time low of 56 with a 60%
chance of rain with wind from the S early at 15 and then switching to the
west around mid day with the frontal passage. The extended forecast into
next week is showing a day time high by Wednesday in the 50’s with night
time low in the 30’s. Rain is in forecast for Monday and Tuesday as well
as breezy post frontal winds through Wednesday.

*Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well
as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish
are being taken on medium running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina
rigged creature baits, shaky heads and tube jigs. A few Largemouth are
being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake as well as on shallow flats in
the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type
baits near isolated wood cover.

*Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. We had a few nice Smallmouth this week
on the tube jigs rigged stupid style.

*Crappie: *I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged
brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by
vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows. These
reports indicated these fish were being taken on the overcast days we had
this week.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in blue
glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in
cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs
and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim
daddy’s in blue craw on shaky heads in green pumpkin and Charmer tubes
rigged stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

*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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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.

*ELIMINATING WATER CLASS:* I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate
Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I
will also teach a few classes next month in November. These classes are
limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8
hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people.
These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few
years and all the feedback I get is very positive. Here is some examples of
that feedback:

**Dave … Harry and I took your “Eliminating Water” class and it has
helped both of us like you wouldn’t believe! – J. Harris

**In the past 3 tourney’s I have managed to get a limit on 3 separate
lakes. Old Hickory, Barkley, and Barren. Managed a 3rd place finish Sunday
on Barkley with a 6lb kicker. I have a lot more confidence when I hit the
water now. I no longer pull the old “that bank looks good, lets waste a few
hours here”. Thanks Dave – M. King

**Well worth the money – and probably the most valuable thing I have
purchased in the terms of fishing. – K. Stephens

**The eliminating water class is without a doubt the best money I’ve spent
on fishing in my life. – D. Page

*Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:*

*”How to Eliminate Water”:* This class is done in a classroom environment.
In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a
bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding
the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year
that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what
information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high
percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this
information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions
on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how
to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the
pattern from day to day, season to season.

Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother
nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a
system to find your fish as well as make decisions before you get on the
water and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler.
What I teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing
guide when I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you
will learn in this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is
not specific to just Ky and Barkley Lakes.

Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely
by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no
button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says “Go Find Fish”. Sonar
units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that,
a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping unit
allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish
and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper
topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark “places of
interest” or as I call them “looks good” spots to go check out when you get
on the water…but finding high percentage spots are not “looks good”
spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what
type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the
different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in
the environment that will affect the fish.

*Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available!*

*Available Dates:*

*October: 31st*
*November: A number of dates available. Call or email to book a date for
the fall fishing. I am also now booking dates for next year. Book now to
get the dates(s) you want.*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*

Fishing Report October 13, 2017

*October 13, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.43 Surface Temperature
– 74*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.25 Surface Temperature –
74*

*Both lakes are slightly more than one foot over winter. Kentucky Dam was
generating at an average rate of 38,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was
generating at an average rate of 19,600 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: *First let me thank all those folks that contacted me
this week to check on my well being as I have not written a report in the
past 2 weeks. I failed to mention in my last report that I would be out of
town attending my annual military reunion and thus would not be writing a
report. I had a great time seeing all my old military buddies but happy to
be back on the water this week.

We finally got some cooler weather this week and dropped the water
temperatures a little more but we are still about 6 degrees above our
normal water temperatures for this time in October due to all the heat
waves we have experienced over the past few weeks. This up and down on the
water temperatures has prolonged the fall transition and for the most part
the fish are still scattered and folks are finding limits of bass hard to
come by. In the last few large tournaments here over the past 3 weeks
there have been some nice weights coming to the scales in the top 4-5 boats
but then the weights drop rapidly with a lot of anglers struggling to get a
limit of bass. It seems those bigger bags of bass are coming in from the
south end of the lake where a few anglers have found some nice schools of
bass feeding on top water lures but even those reports indicate that the
fishing was spotty and they were having to cover a lot of water to fill
their limits.

We caught bass on the north ends of both lakes this week with a lot of
action on shorter fish but have managed to put some keeper plus sized fish
in the boat. Our best producing techniques this week were shaky heads and
tube jigs fished slow on secondary points in the creeks and bays. I have
received a few reports of a scattered top water bite as well as crank bait
and spinner bait bite on the north ends of the lakes but the reports
indicate these patterns have been spotty.

The forecast for Saturday is for near record high temperature of 86 with a
night time low of 67 with south winds 10-15. Sunday’s forecast is showing
a high of 69/ night time low of 45 with a frontal passage during the late
morning hours. A 70% chance of rain is forecasted for Sunday with winds
swapping from the south in the early morning to northwest at 10-15 mph.
With these wind forecasts, I would expect some rough water out there on the
lakes this weekend so plan your trips accordingly. The extended forecast
is showing a return to more seasonable temperatures though next week with
high’s in the 70’s and low’s in the 40’s with post frontal north and east
quadrant winds. Hopefully this forecast is correct and we can get these
water temperatures down and get the bass in a more active fall pattern.

*Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well
as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish
are being taken on medium running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina
rigged creature baits, shaky heads and tube jigs. A few Largemouth are
being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake as well as on shallow flats in
the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type
baits near isolated wood cover.

*Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. We had a few nice Smallmouth this week
on the tube jigs rigged stupid style.

*Crappie: *I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged
brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by
vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows. These
reports indicated these fish were being taken on the overcast days we had
this week.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in blue
glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in
cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs
and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim
daddy’s in blue craw on shaky heads in green pumpkin and Charmer tubes
rigged stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

*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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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:*

*October: 23, 24, 29, 31*
*November: A number of dates available. Call or email to book a date for
the fall fishing. I am also now booking dates for next year. Book now to
get the dates(s) you want.*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*

Fishing Report September 22, 2017

*September 22, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.58 Surface Temperature
– 80*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.45 Surface Temperature –
80*

*Both lakes are one and one half feet above winter pool. Kentucky Dam was
generating at an average rate of 30,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was
generating at an average rate of 18,000 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: *I mentioned in last week’s report that the early
fall transition had begun with schools of young threadfin having moved into
the shallows with the water temperature drop we experienced with the below
normal air temperatures last week. Well, summer returned with a vengeance
this week with above normal air temperatures and this resulted in a water
temperature increase of 5 degrees since my last report. These raising
water temperatures combined with high pressure, blue skies and flat water
all this week have made for a slow and scattered bite on the bass. The
early morning and late evening top water bite we had last week has
diminished to almost nil this week. Our best pattern this week has been
fishing finesse techniques such as shaky heads, drop shots and finesse jigs
on primary and secondary creek channel banks and points in the creeks and
bays. This pattern has been producing some numbers of small fish with an
occasional keeper now and then. The key to this pattern is to fish slow
and keep focused as the bite is not aggressive and be patient as the bite
is scattered.

This heat wave is forecasted to continue through mid next week with day
time high’s in the 90’s and night time low’s in the mid to upper 60’s along
with more blue skies and light winds. I expect this will raise the water
temperatures another degree or two if this forecast holds. The next
cooling frontal passage is forecasted for late next Wednesday after which
the forecast is showing a return to more seasonable air temperatures.

*Largemouth Bass:* Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main
lake. These fish are being taken on Texas rigged large worms, drop shot
rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are
also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on
main lake points and shallow flats early and late in the day on top water
lures as they are feeding on schools of small threadfin. Largemouth are
also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays and on the main
lake early and late in the day on top water lures. Largemouth are also
being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on
schools of small threadfin. These fish are being taken on lipless crank
baits, spinner baits and square billed crank baits.

*Smallmouth Bass:* Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points and
secondary points in the creeks and bays. The fish are being taken on top
water lures early, finesse jigs and shaky heads.

*Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Slong’s spinner
baits in blue glimmer, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s
jigs in cumberland craw and black/blue, Charmer lizards and timber pups on
Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue and
watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms and zoom trick worms on shaky
head jigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple and Zoom fluke junior in
white and variations of green pumpkin robo worms on drop shot rigs.

*White Bass:* White Bass are being taken along main lake ledges and flats
as well as ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays with in line
spinners and blade baits fished vertically as well as by trolling medium
running crank baits in these areas.

*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, Picasso
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
<(270)%20527-5938>.

*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 Commanche 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:*

*I have dates available for this month as well as October and November.
Call or email me to make a reservation. Don’t miss out on the fall
fishing!*

*Captain Dave Stewart*
*Bass Buster Guide Service*
*www.kentuckylakeguide.com *
*dave@kentuckylakeguide.com *
*270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
*”Fish With A Professional”*