Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fishing Report dated April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.72 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.85 Surface Temperature – 65

Both lakes are just slightly under summer pool and on a slow rise. At the present rate, expect the lakes to reach summer pool late this weekend barring any unforeseen large influx of water. Kentucky Dam has been generating between 7,000 cfs and 20,000 cfs over the past day. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 8,100 cfs 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 . Kentucky Lake is clear with only a little stain in the backs of some creeks. Lake Barkley is stained but definitely fishable.

FLASH: I have had a health issue come up and I will not be on the water starting next week for one month. I have an abdominal aortic aneurism which has grown rapidly over the past few months according to my doctor and this needs to be addressed. I have been scheduled to be operated on next Wednesday morning at Vanderbilt Hospital to have a stint placed in my abdominal aorta. I have been ordered off the water for one month following the operation so I will be resuming my guide service duties the first of June. I appreciate the understanding of all my clients that were scheduled for May that I have had to cancel and all the kind words of support I have received over the past few days. I will only publish reports during the month of May if I have enough valid information to do so. I do have a very good network but will not publish a fishing report unless the information I am getting is validated by a number of my network folks.

The bass fishing has been fair to good depending on the day this past week. As expected the water temperatures did rise with the warmer weather last weekend and I have seen some movement of the Largmouth near the spawning areas but most of the fish we are taking are still holding just off the spawning areas on the lead in banks and adjacent secondary points. I have seen a number of large females cruising the shallows during the warmer parts of the day this past week and we did manage to catch a few of them. Our best bite has still been on Texas rigged lizards and jigs on the staging banks and points but we are getting some fish on the flats in front of the spawning areas on the lizards and also on a whacky rigged trick worm as well as chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. We have yet to catch any Largemouth showing signs of having been fanning nests…so as I expected, the late rise in water temperatures and the up and down raising and lowering of the water levels last week has kept the majority of the Largemouth from moving up to spawn. I expect this will change rapidly over the next few days and we will start seeing more Largemouth in the spawning areas if the water continues to rise.

We have a front coming thru the lakes area tonight and the forecast for Friday is post frontal with a high of 75, low of 50 with wind WNW at 14. Saturday looks good with a high of 81, low of 56 with wind SSW at 11. Another slow moving front is forecasted to approach the area Sunday and the forecast is for a high of 83, low of 64 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms and wind SSE at 13. As the front moves closer on Monday, we can expect an 80% chance of rain with a chance of severe thunderstorms. The extended forecast for mid week is a cool post frontal period with high’s in the low to mid 60’s and low’s back into the 40’s for a few days.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary points just off the spawning areas on Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs and tube jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on the flats adjacent to spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays during the warmer part of the day with lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and whacky rigged worms. There is a lot of buck bass activity and numbers of smaller Largemouth are being taken but we are also getting some nice female Largemouth too.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and also on gravel creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on jigs and tube jigs as they are spawning. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken.

Productive lures: Spro Little John crankbaits in spring craw pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and “oops” patterns. Last Cast Hairy Bug jigs in green pumpkin. Charmer lizards in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue and watermelon/red, Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake and smoke purple and whacky rigged Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple and watermelon red.

CRAPPIE: Crappie reports indicate that some of the Crappie have now spawned and that some are still to spawn. The post spawn fish are being taken by vertically fishing with curly tail jigs and jigs tipped with minnows on spider rigs and by long line trolling in 8-14 ft of water. There are still some spawning Crappie moving to the banks in 4-6 ft of water during the warm part of the day. These spawners are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and by fishing with minnows under bobbers.

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

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:

April: Sorry, I do not have any days available
May: Sorry, I do not have any days available.
June: Sorry, I do not have any days available
July: I have a number of days still available…call me or drop me an email to get the date(s) you want.

Call me or drop me an email to book your 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”

Fishing Report dated April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.41 Surface Temperature – 60
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.50 Surface Temperature – 60

Both lakes are about one half foot below summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average rate of 60,000 cfs over the past day. Barkley Dam has been generating an average rate of 34,000 cfs over the past day or so. 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 is clear with only a little stain in the backs of some creeks. Lake Barkley is stained but definitely fishable.

After the nice warm up period we had at the end of last week, we got hit with an arctic front early this week. Base water temperatures went from 64 on Sunday to 59 by Wednesday morning. As one would expect this drop in water temperatures slowed the bass bite some but we still managed to get some very nice fish and a lot of buck bass on Wednesday. The only tough day of fishing we had this week was this morning as cold wind and high pressure slowed the morning bite way down although we did manage some buck bass and one or two keepers. Wednesday was a good day with some numbers of fish in the 3-5 lbs class and lots of bucks. The warm up last weekend tuned the fish on until the cold front hit. Our best bass last weekend was a nice 8lb prespawn female. Too add to the up and down of temperatures, the TVA has raised the lakes 6 inches, dropped the lakes 6 inches and then brought them back up 6 inches all within the past 4 days…and if the TVA’s forecast is right, they are going to lower it 6 inches again by midnight tomorrow night. All this has kind of frozen the Largemouth on the staging points and lead in staging banks off the spawning areas. Our best bite again this week was on jigs, Texas rigged lizards and tube jigs although lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have produced some fish. The good news is that the extended weather forecast looks great and I expect to see the water temperatures rise fast over the next week which going to move some active feeding late prespawn bass into the shallows. The Crappie reports this week indicated that the cold front took its toll also on the shallow spawning Crappie and that they had backed off and were suspending and scattered. Since the frontal passage, the Crappie being taken were being taken by folks trolling long lines on the deeper flats in the creeks and bays and by others spider rigging over brush piles in 8-14 ft of water in the creeks. Again, I expect the rapid warm up we have coming will move a lot of these Crappie back to the shallow banks for spawning.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on secondary creek channel points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, jigs, tube jigs and Texas rigged lizards. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow banks just off the spawning areas and on flats adjacent to spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays during the warmer part of the day with lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. There is a lot of buck bass activity and numbers of smaller Largemouth are being taken but we are also getting some nice early female Largemouth too.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and also on gravel creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on medium running crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and black/silver and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Spro Little John in spring craw pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and “oops” patterns. Last Cast Hairy Bug jigs in green pumpkin. Charmer lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake, green pumpkin and road kill.

CRAPPIE: Crappie for the most part are being taken on staging brush in 8-15 ft of water over brush piles in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with curly tail jigs and jigs tipped with minnows on spider rigs and by long line trolling. Expect the Crappie to be getting more active this weekend with the warming waters and look for some numbers of them to move to spawning banks in 4-6 ft of water.

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

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:

April: Sorry, I do not have any days available
May: Sorry, I do not have any days available.
June: 3, 6, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26

Call me or drop me an email to book your 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”

Fishing Report dated April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.19 Surface Temperature – 57
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.20 Surface Temperature – 56

Both lakes are about one foot below summer pool and rising. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average rate of 52,000 cfs the past day or so. Barkley Dam has been generating an average rate of 22,800 over the past couple of 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 . Due to some heavy rains late last week and earlier this week, both lakes are ahead of schedule on the rise to summer pool which is 359 msl. We have more rain in the forecast tonight and tomorrow as well as early next week. At this point there is no way to tell for sure if the TVA will keep the lakes rising at their present rate or if they will slow down the rise, but at the present rate of rise, I expect the lakes will reach summer pool by next mid week. You can monitor the lake levels with the link to the TVA site mentioned above. With the rising lake levels I am seeing some floating debris on both lakes. It is scattered but one needs to pay attention when running to avoid a mishap with the debris. The water color on Kentucky Lake is good with only some stain on the shallow flats on windy days. The water color on Barkley is stained but more than fishable with only a few of the creeks showing heavy stain.

Cooler weather last weekend and then a nasty cold front earlier this week has kept the water temperatures down through mid week but they are starting to rise today with temperatures today reaching into the 70’s and strong south winds. The forecast is for the warming trend to continue through the weekend with Friday’s forecast showing a high of 70 and low of 56 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind SW at 11. Saturday is showing an expected high of 78 and low of 63 with a 20% chance of rain and wind S at 15. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 76 and low of 57 with wind SSW at 17. Another cold front is due to come through the area late Sunday night bringing with it some cooler temperatures through next mid week. Highs are projected to be in the high 50’s to low 60’s with night time low’s in the mid 30’s to low 40’s. Rain is expected on Sunday night and into Monday with the frontal passage. All in all the upcoming weekend looks good temperature wise but watch the wind forecasts as it will be coming from the south.

We spent most of the week targeting Largemouth in the creeks and bays where they are staging in large numbers on secondary points and channel banks with some moving shallow during the warmer part of the day. The best bite for us this week was on jigs and Texas rigged lizards on these staging areas with some medium running crankbait bite also. Lipless crankbaits with some spinnerbaits are working in the shallows on warmer days after the shallows have warmed up a few degrees. With the big warming trend today and over the next few days coupled with the rising water, I expect the shallow bite on the flats off the spawing areas is going to increase in activity. We did spend a little time and I did receive a number of reports of bass being taken on main lake primary and secondary points also on crankbaits and jigs with some suspending jerk bait bite still producing some fish. As with last week, we are catching large numbers of smaller buck bass on the staging points and banks but we are also catching some nice fish up to 5lbs plus by backing off and fishing a little deeper on those areas where we are catching the bucks.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling medium running crankbaits, jigs, tube jigs and suspending jerk baits on primary points and main lake secondary points. Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, jigs and Texas rigged lizards. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow banks just off the spawning areas and on flats adjacent to spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays during the warmer part of the day with lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. There is a lot of buck bass activity and numbers of smaller Largemouth are being taken but we are also getting some nice early female Largemouth too. The Largemouth fishing has been good this past week.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and also on gravel creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on medium running crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs. Although the numbers are few, some nice fish have been taken.

Productive lures: Rapala Shadraps in orginal crawdad and black/silver and also in rootbeer painted by BAG5 Baits. Strike King DT6 in red crawfish . Bandit medium runners in red crawfish and rootbeer/chartreuse patterns. Spro Little John in spring craw pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and “oops” patterns. Last Cast Hairy Bug jigs in green pumpkin. Charmer lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake and road kill.

CRAPPIE: Black Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 6-8 ft of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays over brush piles and stumps by vertically fishing with minnows under bobbers and by casting curly tail jigs. Black Crappie are also being taken by casting to the banks adjacent to these staging areas with curly tail jigs and road runner type jigs in 3-5 ft of water as well as by fishing with minnows under bobbers on these banks. White Crappie for the most part are still being taken on staging brush in 8-15 ft of water over brush piles in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with curly tail jigs and jigs tipped with minnows on spider rigs. The Crappie fishing is reported to be good. Expect the Black Crappie to be active this weekend with the warming waters.

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

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:

April: 18, 20, 21, 22, 24 (this is prime spawn time…book now)
May: Sorry, I do not have any days available in May.
June: 3, 4, 6, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26

Call me or drop me an email to book your 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 April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.12 Surface Temperature – 56
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.40 Surface Temperature – 55

Both lakes are two feet below summer pool and on a slow rise. Kentucky Dam has been generating around 14,800 cfs over the past few days. Barkley Dam has been generating an average rate of 9,300 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 .

Spring has finally arrived in the lakes area and it did so with a bang as daytime temperatures earlier this week reached the mid to high 70’s with light winds. The warm up shot the water temperatures up and woke up both the Bass and the Crappie especially during the warm part of the days. We actually found afternoon water temperatures in the low to mid 60’s earlier this week on both lakes. The smaller Largemouth buck bass were very active this week as they were moving onto the staging banks just off the spawning areas and were readily being taken near the banks. The larger female Largemouth were holding off the banks and staging points in the creeks a little deeper but they could be taken if you waded through the buck bass first which were taking the lures first and you backed off the banks and points to fish a little deeper. We did find some nice larger females on the warmer days during the latter part of the day cruising the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays and in spawning coves as they were feeding on schools of shad being drawn into the warmer water during the afternoon. We took a number of nice females as shallow as 2-3 ft of water on the flats near wood cover. Crappie anglers benefited from the warm up too as the earlier spawning Black Crappie made a move to the staging areas in 3-5 ft of water and were being taken by anglers casting curly tail jigs, road runner type lures and vertically fishing with minnows under bobbers around shallow wood near the banks.

The down side of this report would be that we had a major spring front come through the lakes area early this morning. This front brought high winds and heavy rains on Wednesday night and again last night. Just when Lake Barkley water color was clearing up good, here comes the heavy rains and now Lake Barkley has again become stained to heavily stained with some of the creeks now being down right muddy. Kentucky Lake water color is good so far with some stained to heavily stained in the backs of some of the shallower creeks and bays. The up side to this report is that even though the this was a strong front, it was not an arctic type front so we should not see a large drop in the water temperatures. The forecast for today is a high of 60 with high winds of WNW at 20 and gusting. We will be in post frontal conditions for the next few days with Saturday’s forecast being a high of 59 and low of 39 with NNE wind at 7. Sunday is showing a high of 66 with a low of 50 with wind E at 7. The forecast through next mid week is showing post frontal with high’s in the mid 50’s on Monday and high’s in the low 60’s through Wednesday. A slight chance of rain showers is in the forecast for early next week also.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken by slow rolling medium running crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs on primary points as well as secondary creek channel points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow banks just off the spawning areas and on flats adjacent to spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays during the warmer part of the day with lipless crankbaits, shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. There is a lot of buck bass activity and numbers of smaller Largemouth are being taken but we are also getting some nice early female Largemouth too. The Largemouth fishing has been good this past week.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Some Smallmouth have been taken on main lake gravel banks and also on gravel creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on medium running crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs. 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. Spro Little John in spring craw pattern. Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and “oops” patterns. Last Cast Hairy Bug jigs in green pumpkin. Charmer tubes in green pumpkin with orange and purple flake and road kill.

CRAPPIE: Black Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 6-8 ft of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays over brush piles and stumps by vertically fishing with minnows under bobbers and by casting curly tail jigs. Black Crappie are also being taken by casting to the banks adjacent to these staging areas with curly tail jigs and road runner type jigs in 3-5 ft of water as well as by fishing with minnows under bobbers on these banks. White Crappie for the most part are still being taken on staging brush in 8-15 ft of water over brush piles in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with curly tail jigs and jigs tipped with minnows on spider rigs. The Crappie fishing is reported to be good.

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

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 a few 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”