Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fishing Report dated March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.78 Surface Temperature – 51
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.75 Surface Temperature – 51

Both lakes are about one and three quarters feet above winter pool and there has been little change over the past few days. Kentucky Dam has been generating at varying rates between 7,000 cfs and 29,000 cfs over the past few days. Barkley Dam has been generating at varying rates between 8,600 cfs and 27,000 cfs over the past few days. 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 . Kentucky Lake water clarity ranges from clear to slightly stained. Lake Barkley ranges from stained to heavily stained. With the water levels well below summer pool, boaters should be cautious about navigating outside of the marked channels. Just because these are big lakes does not mean they are deep lakes. Certainly, nothing can ruin a fun fishing trip quicker than a damaged lower unit or even worse an injury caused by striking an unseen underwater object. One can expect the lake levels to begin rising next week as the TVA starts to bring the lakes up to summer pool levels. Unless there is a large influx of water due to heavy rains here or up the rivers, the lakes should reach summer pool by the end of April in accordance with the TVA River Operating Schedule.

Well we are still in early March weather patterns with early March water temperatures here at the end of the month. We continue to get cold fronts about every 48-72 hours through the lakes area. This week we even woke up to snow covering the ground one morning. These cold fronts are keeping our daytime high temperatures well below normal for this time of year and of course our night time low’s much lower than normal with the only exception of a nice warmer day just now and then. These unseasonably lower tempertures have kept our water temperatures still running about 7-8 degrees below normal for this time of year. The Bass patterns have not changed nor have the Crappie patterns and won’t until we get some extended warmer weather to bring up the water temperatures. The Bass on the north ends of the lakes is still in early prespawn patterns with the far south end of Kentucky Lake on prespawn patterns where the water is a little warmer and the fish a little more active.

Today we have lake winds warnings out with high south winds as another cold front approaches the area. At least this cold front is not quite as harsh as those earlier this week and the weekend outlook is better than the weather we have had this past week. Friday’s forecast is for a high of 66 and a low of 47 with a 20% chance of rain. Wind is forecasted to be a post frontal wind from the N at 10. Saturday’s forecast looks like it may get some rough water with a high of 58, low of 35 with more post frontal wind of NNW at 15. Sunday is looking pretty good with a high of 66 and a low of 43 with a light post frontal wind of ESE at 5. The extended forecast into mid next week is showing more seasonable temperatures with day time high’s ranging from low 60’s to low 70’s with slight chances of rain on Monday and Wednesday. The best advice I can give anyone is to keep an eye on the weather and wind forecasts right now as I have seen the forecasts change a number of times during each day this past week.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling deep diving crankbaits on primary points on the main lakes and deep secondary channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the day. Largemouth are also being taken on suspending jerkbaits on the main lake points and on channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken by slow rolling Alabama rigs near cover on the main lakes and on shallow ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and points on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad, and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Strike King DT6 in red crawfish and Demon. Bandit medium runners in red crawfish and rootbeer/chartreuse patterns. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in aurora black. D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern and black/blue. Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake and Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt on Alabama rigs.

CRAPPIE: Some Crappie are being taken on the warmer days as they are suspending over brush piles in staging areas at the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water. These fish are being taken primarily by long lining (trolling) jigs and on jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically and by spider rigging. The Crappie were reported as scattered for the most part but some nice fish have been taken.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440

Flash: The Cabin Bait and Tackle will be hosting their Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 29th in conjunction with their 10 year Anniversary. There will be a free lunch provided with pork loin, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and ice tea. There will be door prizes given away as well as special pricing through out the store. You don’t want to miss this so make your plans now!

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman’s Headquarters boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for bass anglers that are on the market, not to mention one of the best selection of high end lures and local custom lures we use here on Ky/Barkley lakes. You can find many of the custom lures you see in my fishing reports there including the Bag5 custom painted crank baits and jerk baits. Fisherman’s Headquarters also has a really good selection of Crappie and panfish tackle featuring Wally Marshall “Mr Crappie” rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. Phone: 270-527-5938

Flash: Fisherman’s Headquarters just recently received a limited shipment of Lucky Craft Gunfish topwater lures in the 115 series size and ghost pearl lemon color pattern. I found many years ago that this is one of the most productive topwater lures on these waters in the fall but the dealers have a very hard time securing them for their customers. It took over a year and a half for FHQ to receive this limited shipment of their original order. I know that over the past couple of years I have even loaned some to my clients so they would have them to fish their fall tournaments. These lures won’t last long so if you want one or two, you should go by FHQ and get them or call them and have them ship them to you.

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, Stratos and Triton 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 18 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 2 Lowrance HDS 10’s 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 also still have some dates available in April and May for guided trips. Call me or drop me an email to book your spring dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want. I also will take bookings for the rest of the season. 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 sonar 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.

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

Weekly Fishing Report Dated March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.95 Surface Temperature – 51
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.90 Surface Temperature – 49

Both lakes are about one foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam is generating an average rate of 14,500 cfs. Barkley Dam is generating an average rate of 30,600. 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 . Kentucky Lake water clarity ranges from clear to slightly stained. Lake Barkley ranges from stained to heavily stained. With the water levels well below summer pool, boaters should be cautious about navigating outside of the marked channels. Just because these are big lakes does not mean they are deep lakes. Certainly, nothing can ruin a fun fishing trip quicker than a damaged lower unit or even worse an injury caused by striking an unseen underwater object.

High winds were the senario here on the lakes many days this past week but we did get a couple of nice warmer days which allowed anglers to get on the water. Water temperatures dropped a little earlier in the week with a cold front but rebounded nicely the past couple of days although we are still running about 6-7 degrees below normal for this time of year. The far south end of Kentucky Lake where the water is warmer and the fish are in prespawn patterns produced some very nice bags in tournaments with some bags topping the 30lbs range. The north end of Kentucky Lake is still in early prespawn patterns but the slowly warming water is getting the bass more active and numbers of fish taken increasing. What we are seeing on the north end is a lot of buck bass activity with some of the larger females starting to get more active. We have more wind in the forecast today with a high of 69 and low of 46 associated with another frontal passage. Wind today is forecasted to be SSW at 15. We are in for another cool down behind this front with Saturday’s temperatures showing a high of 57 and low of 36 with a slight chance of rain and wind N at 11. A high of 49 is forecasted for Sunday with a low of 28 with wind N at 13. The colder weather is forecasted to continue through mid week with daily high’s in the 40’s and low’s in the 20’s-30’s. The good news is that another warming trend is forecasted to begin after the mid week with temperatures going back up to more normal for this time of year with high’s in the 60’s. No doubt we are in the typically unpredictable March weather patterns with it being cold a few days after frontal passages and followed by a warmer day or two as the next front approaches.

The Largemouth patterns have pretty much remained the same except we are now starting to see some early Largemouth now roaming a little more shallow in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the days. Slow rolled crankbaits have been the best producers this week both on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays with lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Alabama rigs, tube jigs and jigs also producing. The reports I have received on the Crappie indicated that they were still somewhat scattered but fish were being taken here and there over staging brush piles around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as in the front halves of the creeks and bays in the 12 – 16 ft range.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling deep diving crankbaits on primary points on the main lakes and deep secondary channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the day. Largemouth are also being taken on suspending jerkbaits on the main lake points and on channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken by slow rolling Alabama rigs near cover on the main lakes and on shallow ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and points on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken. These fish are starting to get a little more active with the warming water.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad, and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Strike King DT6 in red crawdad and Bandit medium runners in red crawfish and rootbeer/chartreuse patterns. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in aurora black. D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern and black/blue. Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake and Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt on Alabama rigs.

CRAPPIE: Some Crappie are being taken on the warmer days as they are suspending over brush piles in staging areas at the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water. These fish are being taken primarily on jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically and by spider rigging. The Crappie were reported as scattered for the most part but some nice fish have been taken.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440

Flash: The Cabin Bait and Tackle will be hosting their Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 29th in conjunction with their 10 year Anniversary. There will be a free lunch provided with pork loin, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and ice tea. There will be door prizes given away as well as special pricing through out the store. You don’t want to miss this so make your plans now!

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman’s Headquarters boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for bass anglers that are on the market, not to mention one of the best selection of high end lures and local custom lures we use here on Ky/Barkley lakes. You can find many of the custom lures you see in my fishing reports there including the Bag5 custom painted crank baits and jerk baits. Fisherman’s Headquarters also has a really good selection of Crappie and panfish tackle featuring Wally Marshall “Mr Crappie” rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. 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, Stratos and Triton 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 18 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 2 Lowrance HDS 10’s 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 also still have some dates available in April and May for guided trips. Call me or drop me an email to book your spring dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want. I also will take bookings for the rest of the season. 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 sonar 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 environmental conditions.

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

March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.28 Surface Temperature – 49
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.25 Surface Temperature – 49

Both lakes are one foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 56,000 cfs over the past 24 hours. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 30,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.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 . With the water levels well below summer pool, boaters should be cautious about navigating outside of the marked channels. Just because these are big lakes does not mean they are deep lakes. Certainly, nothing can ruin a fun fishing trip quicker than a damaged lower unit or even worse an injury caused by striking an unseen underwater object.

Both lakes dropped 2 feet over the past week as the TVA drew the lakes down from the higher waters we had last week due to the snow melt. We finally had some warmer weather this week and the water temperatures came up some 5 degrees although we are still running about 6 degrees below what we normally would have by this time in March. The forecast is looking good or at least much better than it has lately as far as really cold tempertures. Today’s forecast is for a high of 63 and low of 40 with some nasty wind from the SSW at 20. This will make for some rough water today but this warm wind should serve to bring the water temperatures up a little more. Saturday is looking good with a high of 66 and low of 48 with wind ESE at 7. Another front is coming through the area Saturday night and the highs on Sunday are forcasted to only reach 48 with a low of 27. A 70% chance of rain is in the forecast for Sunday. The extended forecast into next week is showing a warming trend back to the 50’s and 60’s with some more rain around midweek.

The Largemouth patterns have pretty much remained the same except we are now starting to see some early Largemouth now roaming a little more shallow in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the days. Slow rolled crankbaits have been the best producers this week both on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays with lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, Alabama rigs and jigs also producing. The reports I have on the Crappie indicated that the quick draw down of the lakes scattered the fish somewhat this week but some fish have been taken by covering larger areas of water and vetically fishing over scattered brush piles.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling deep diving crankbaits on primary points on the main lakes and secondary channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and jigs are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays during the warm part of the day. Largemouth are also being taken on suspending jerkbaits both shallow and deep divers fished in current breaks on the main lake and on channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken by slow rolling Alabama rigs in current breaks near cover on the main lakes and on shallow ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and points on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken. These fish are starting to get a little more active with the warming water.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Strike King XD 6 in crawfish pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Lucky Craft pointers in clown and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in clown. D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern. Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt on Alabama rigs.

CRAPPIE: Some Crappie are being taken on the warmer days as they are suspending over brush piles in staging areas at the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water. These fish are being taken primarily on jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically. The Crappie were reported as slow for the most part but some nice fish have been taken.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440

Flash: The Cabin Bait and Tackle will be hosting their Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 29th in conjunction with their 10 year Anniversary. There will be a free lunch provided with pork loin, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and ice tea. There will be door prizes given away as well as special pricing through out the store. You don’t want to miss this so make your plans now!

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman’s Headquarters boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for bass anglers that are on the market, not to mention one of the best selection of high end lures and local custom lures we use here on Ky/Barkley lakes. You can find many of the custom lures you see in my fishing reports there including the Bag5 custom painted crank baits and jerk baits. Fisherman’s Headquarters also has a really good selection of Crappie and panfish tackle featuring Wally Marshall “Mr Crappie” rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. 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, Stratos and Triton bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030

ELIMINATING WATER CLASS: I stayed very busy this winter teaching this class and I am sorry I could not accomodate everyone that wanted the class. Since winter has decided to stay around for a while, I have decided to continue to offer this class during the month of March when I am not scheduled to be on the water. If you wanted this class but could not get the dates you wanted or you would like to come take the class this month, give me a call or drop me an email and I will get you scheduled for the class if at all possible. 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 are 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!

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 18 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 2 Lowrance HDS 10’s 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 still have dates available in March for guided trips and also the Eliminating Water Class. I also still have some dates available in April and May for guided trips. Call me or drop me an email to book your spring dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want. I also will take bookings for the rest of the season also.

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

FISHING REPORT dated MARCH 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.84 Surface Temperature – 44
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.00 Surface Temperature – 43

Both lakes are 3 feet over winter pool and on a drawdown. Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 128,000 cfs over the past day. Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 60,500 over the past day. 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 . Both lakes rose to present levels with the influx of water from the winter storm earlier this past week. The water on Kentucky Lake is stained. The water on Lake Barkley is heavily stained with some of the creeks being muddy.

The bad news is that the major winter storm I warned you about in last week’s report hit us hard last Sunday and early Monday and brought with it about 5-6 inches of ice, sleet and snow. All the ramps were closed with ice and snow until yesterday so we did not get out on the water early this week. The good news is that most of the ramps are open now with a few exceptions and I expect they will all be pretty much open except for the LBL side ramps by this afternoon. The forecast for the weekend and early next week is looking good with a high on Saturday of 59, low of 30 with wind WSW8. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 53 and low of 38 with wind NNW5. Monday and Tuesday’s forecasts are looking great with high’s in the mid to upper 60’s and low’s around 45 with light SSW winds. Another frontal passage is forecasted to come through the lakes area around midweek and will be dropping the daytime temperatures back to the mid 40’s and night time low’s to the 20’s. The good news is that if the long range forecast holds, we should have another warming trend by next weekend.

Of course the nasty arctic front did not do anything to improve our water temperatures and in fact dropped them slightly but I expect they will be recovering some today and over the next few days with the warming trend. Saturday’s conditions are pretty much a mirror of last Saturday’s conditions which produced some nice late winter bags in some of the local tournaments. It took a whopping 26lbs to win the Walmart LBL Division BFL tournament last Saturday with a little over 18lbs taking 2nd thru 4th places. As is normal for this time of year, some anglers did have problems locating active fish but overall the results were good considering the water temperatures. Crankbaits, suspending jerk baits and Alabama rigs are all reportedly working as well as jigs and shakey heads. Big fish honors in the tournament went to my good friend Steve Curtsinger with a whopping 8lb 2oz Largemouth.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling deep diving crankbaits on primary points on the main lakes and secondary channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Medium running crankbaits are taking Largemouth on gravel bars and shallow chunk rock banks near deep water on the main lakes and in the front halves of the creeks and bays during the warm part of the day. Largemouth are also being taken on suspending jerkbaits both shallow and deep divers fished in current breaks on the main lake and on channel points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken by slow rolling Alabama rigs in current breaks near cover on the main lakes and on shallow ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays. Some fish are also being taken with finesse jigs and shaky heads around brush piles.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and points on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken. These fish should be getting more active soon with just a slight warm up of the surface temperatures.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Strike King DT6 crankbaits in crawdad. Lucky Craft pointers in clown and pearl ayu. BAG5 custom painted megabass jerk baits in clown. D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern.

CRAPPIE: Some Crappie are being taken on the warmer days as they are suspending over brush piles in staging areas at the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water. These fish are being taken primarily on jigs tipped with minnows fished vertically. The Crappie were reported as slow for the most part but some nice fish have been taken.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman’s Headquarters boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for bass anglers that are on the market, not to mention one of the best selection of high end lures and local custom lures we use here on Ky/Barkley lakes. You can find many of the custom lures you see in my fishing reports there including the Bag5 custom painted crank baits and jerk baits. Fisherman’s Headquarters also has a really good selection of Crappie and panfish tackle featuring Wally Marshall “Mr Crappie” rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. 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, Stratos and Triton bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030

ELIMINATING WATER CLASS: I stayed very busy this winter teaching this class and I am sorry I could not accomodate everyone that wanted the class. Since winter has decided to stay around for a while, I have decided to continue to offer this class during the month of March when I am not scheduled to be on the water. If you wanted this class but could not get the dates you wanted or you would like to come take the class this month, give me a call or drop me an email and I will get you scheduled for the class if at all possible. 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 are 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!

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 18 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 2 Lowrance HDS 10’s 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 still have dates available in March for guided trips and also the Eliminating Water Class. I also still have some dates available in April and May for guided trips. Call me or drop me an email to book your spring dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want. I also will take bookings for the rest of the season also.

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