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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”*

Fishing Report September 17, 2017

*September 17, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.36 Surface Temperature
– 76*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.40 Surface Temperature –
76*

*Both lakes are 3.5 feet below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at
an average rate of 30,300 cfs at mid day today. Barkley Dam was generating
at an average rate of 18,200 cfs at mid day today. * *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 did not write my weekly fishing report this past
Thursday because I had not been on the lake last week. We had lake wind
warning out last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with strong north winds and
I was off Thursday with a doctor’s appointment. As those of you that
follow my weekly report know, I will not write a report unless I have
verified information thus no report was written. I did get out this
weekend and have been telling you in my last reports that I would let you
know when the early fall transition has actually begun. We had below
average temperatures during the early part of last week and the water
temperatures dropped to 74 by Wednesday.

This started moving the shad and some of the large schools of small
threadfin have shown up now in the shallows in some of the creeks and
bays. These schools of small threadfin showing up in the shallows signals
the beginning of the fall transition. Not all the creeks and bays I
checked this weekend had these schools in them yet but this is normal and
it won’t be long until there are schools of these small baitfish in all of
the creeks and bays. The transition to full fall patterns usually takes
about 6-7 weeks so I expect the bite to still be somewhat scattered as the
shad are moving now with the bass following. We caught bass, both short
fish and keepers around these large schools of shallow young shad this
weekend on top water lures early then on lipless crank baits and spinner
baits this weekend. We also took fish on shakey heads and finesse jigs on
secondary creek channel points in the creeks and bays but most of these
fish were short fish and somewhat scattered.

The water temperatures have risen a couple of degrees over the past couple
days with the heat returning and probably will rise a little more this week
with the forecast having day time highs in the mid to upper 80’s and night
time low’s in the 60’s through this next week. There is also a chance of
scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday evening, Tuesday morning
and Tuesday night.

I also received a report from a friend of mine today of some Smallmouth
being taken around shallow rock with close deep water access on finesse
jigs on Lake Barkley this weekend.

*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, 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-

*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”*

Fishing Report September 8, 2017

*September 8, 2017*

*Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.46 Surface Temperature
– 76*
*Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.60 Surface Temperature –
76*

*Both lakes are 3.5 feet below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at
an average rate of 34,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating
at an average rate of 18,000 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: *Late last week the remnants of Hurricane Harvey was
forecasted to come through the lakes area Friday and Saturday. The TVA
pulled the lakes down to near winter pool levels in anticipation of a lot
of water to be dropped in the local area as well as up the Tennessee
river. Well, this did not happen. The remnants of Harvey actually came
through further east of us and the end result was that a lot of rain was
dropped in the Cumberland river upstream from the lakes. This resulted in
a lot of water coming into Lake Barkley but not much coming into Kentucky
Lake. Barkley had a lot of current and muddy water from this large influx
of water coming in from up stream. Barkley water clarity remains heavily
stained in most areas. Kentucky Lake water clarity ranges from light stain
to clear. The TVA has been raising the water a little every day over the
past couple of days as we are still about a foot below where we should be
on the fall drawdown.

I have spent the last 2 days on Kentucky Lake from the dam to Paris and I
can tell you that the large schools of threadfin moving into the shallows
which signals the start of the fall transition has happened yet. The same
report from last week still stands in that the bite is still slow and
scattered with some bass being taken on top water lures early and late
back shallow in the creeks and bays and on main lake flats. Some are also
being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays and main lake points
on slower techniques. A few fish are still being taken on ledges on slower
techniques but the bite is slow and scattered. I expect the transition
will start any day now as we are in the water temperature range for this to
happen. I will keep you posted through my reports here when this happens.

*Largemouth Bass:* Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main
lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and
bays. These fish are being taken on Texas rigged large worms, drop shot
rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are
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 fry. Some 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.

*Smallmouth Bass:* Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and
secondary points in the creeks and bays. The fish are being taken on top
water lures, 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, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs
in cumberland craw and black/blue, Charmer and Zoom large worms in green
pumpkin on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, 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 Charmer tubes in smoke
purple and green pumpkin/orange flake on tube jig heads rigged stupid
style, 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 the
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-

*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.

*Ledge Teaching:*

*I am also taking bookings for my Ledge Teaching trip. The Ledge Teaching
trip consists of both classroom and time on the water. This trip not only
teaches you how to find the highest percentage ledges but also what you are
looking for on your electronics and how to interpret what you are seeing,
how to search the ledges, set up on the ledges as well as making decisions
on what type lures you should be throwing depending on enviromental
conditions. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply
looking at your electronics….it takes knowledge to find and fish the best
ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish
afer you find them.*

*Available Dates:*

*I have dates available for this month as well as October and November.
Call or email me 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 August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.90 Surface Temperature – 83
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.75 Surface Temperature – 83

Both lakes are 2 feet below summer pool and on a slow draw down. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,000 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 short heat wave we experienced over this past weekend and earlier this week raised the water temperatures a couple of degrees but the cooling down we have had after Tuesday’s frontal passage has dropped the water temperatures back to present levels. The extended forecast looks good for more cooling of the water temperatures moving us closer the temperatures we need to start the early fall transition patterns. The bass bite is still slow and scattered on the lakes with some being taken off ledges and some being taken off points on the main lake and in the creeks and bays, especially near wood cover. There is still some early and late top water bite here and there but mostly on the secondary points in the creeks and bays and some on the main lake as the spring fry schools have moved deeper. Overall the bite remains slow and scattered.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on swim baits,Texas rigged large worms, drop shot rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are 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 topwater lures as they are feeding on schools of fry. Some Largemouth are also being taken shallow near isolated wood cover and around docks with cover during the day on spinner baits, texas rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs, Senko type baits and flukes.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on ledges during the day on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth and Largemouth are being taken at night on rocky main lake points and rocky points inside the mouths of creeks and bays on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs.

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, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw and black/blue, Charmer and Zoom large worms in green pumpkin on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, 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 Charmer tubes in smoke purple and green pumpkin/orange flake on tube jig heads rigged stupid style, 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 the 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.

Catfish: Channels and blues are being taken along river ledges in 20-30 feet of water on cut baits on bottom rigs.

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

FLASH: Fisherman’s Headquarters has recently received a shipment of the sought after Realis crank baits and jerk baits as well as Lucky Craft 100 series Sammy’s and 115 Series Gunfish in my favorite Ghost Pearl Lemon colors just in time for the upcoming fall bite. The store also now has a selection of the now popular “HeyBo” clothing in stock.

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.

Ledge Teaching:

I am also taking bookings for my Ledge Teaching trip. The Ledge Teaching trip consists of both classroom and time on the water. This trip not only teaches you how to find the highest percentage ledges but also what you are looking for on your electronics and how to interpret what you are seeing, how to search the ledges, set up on the ledges as well as making decisions on what type lures you should be throwing depending on enviromental conditions. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply looking at your electronics….it takes knowledge to find and fish the best ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish afer you find them.

Available Dates:

August: Sorry, I am booked up.
September, October and November: I have a number of dates available. Make your reservations now for the fall fishing to get the date(s) you want.

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

Fishing Report August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.03 Surface Temperature – 83
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.00 Surface Temperature – 83

Both lakes are one foot below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,900 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 27,600 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: The heat and humidity moved back into the lakes area this past week with daily heat indexes reaching near or at the 100 degree mark each day. As you can see the water temperatures have remained the same as last week due to this latest heat wave. Heavy rains up the rivers have kept the lake levels within inches of where they were last week also. A front moved though the area yesterday which will move back north through the lakes area as a warm front over the weekend keeping the day time temperatures in the 90’s with some higher heat indexes. The next significant cold front is forecasted to move through the lakes area next Wednesday and if the extended forecast is correct, we should return to more favorable day time highs and night time low’s to drop start dropping the water temperatures again late next week and move us closer to the beginnings of the early fall transition patterns.

As I mentioned in last week’s report, a number of the schools of the spring fry have moved out of the shallows in the creeks and bays to the main lake as well as the front halves of the creeks and bays. This movement is providing some scattered early and late top water bite on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on main lake points and main lake flats. After the morning bite, it becomes a matter of junk fishing points, docks and isolated wood cover with finesse baits to put a limit in the boat. This bite is scattered as these schools of small fry are moving around quite a lot so basically I would continue to call the overall bass bite as slow and scattered. This slow and scattered bite includes the ledges where the fish have been scattered and finicky for the most part too. This movement of schools of fry is not the fall transition. The fall transition begins when large schools of shad start showing up in the shallows in the creeks and bays from deeper water…not fry moving out to deeper water.

An example of the scattered bite is shown from the results of 2 tournaments held here last weekend. In one tournament, there was only one 5 fish limit weighed in and in the other, two 5 fish limits weighed in. Like I have said before in the past, this is not the type of report I like to provide, but it is what it is and I am not going to report a good bite just to try to generate business. If you want to go out and learn how to catch a few fish when the bite is tough and a lot of folks are not catching any fish, then I would be happy to take you out and show you how not to zero out there.

FLASH: Expect heavy boat traffic on the lake this weekend and on Monday with the crowds coming in to veiw the total eclipse on Monday. Please exercise caution, drive your boat defensively and be courteous to other boaters. Let’s get though this weekend without any boating accidents.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on swim baits, spoons, Texas rigged large worms, drop shot rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as on main lake points and shallow flats early and late in the day on topwater lures as they are feeding on schools of fry. Some Largemouth are also being taken shallow near isolated wood cover and around docks with cover during the day on spinner baits, texas rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs, Senko type baits and flukes.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on ledges during the day on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth and Largemouth are being taken at night on rocky main lake points and rocky points inside the mouths of creeks and bays on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs.

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, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw and black/blue, Charmer and Zoom large worms in green pumpkin on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, 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 Charmer tubes in smoke purple and green pumpkin/orange flake on tube jig heads rigged stupid style, 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 the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays with in line spinners and blade baits fished vertically as well as around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees early and late in the day. The mayfly hatches are not large but some smaller hatches are still occuring on some nights.

Catfish: Channels and blues are being taken along river ledges in 20-30 feet of water on cut baits on bottom rigs. The catfish bite has been good this week with current having been generated around the clock.

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, Bag 5 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

FLASH: Fisherman’s Headquarters has recently received a shipment of the sought after Realis crank baits and jerk baits as well as Lucky Craft 100 series Sammy’s and 115 Series Gunfish in my favorite Ghost Pearl Lemon colors just in time for the upcoming fall bite. The store also now has a selection of the now popular “HeyBo” clothing in stock.

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.

Ledge Teaching:

I am also taking bookings for my Ledge Teaching trip. The Ledge Teaching trip consists of both classroom and time on the water. This trip not only teaches you how to find the highest percentage ledges but also what you are looking for on your electronics and how to interpret what you are seeing, how to search the ledges, set up on the ledges as well as making decisions on what type lures you should be throwing depending on enviromental conditions. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply looking at your electronics….it takes knowledge to find and fish the best ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish afer you find them.
Available Dates:

August: Sorry, I am booked up.
September, October and November: I have a number of dates available. Make your reservations now for the fall fishing to get the date(s) you want.

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