Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fishing Report dated May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.06 Surface Temperature – 77
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.20 Surface Temperature – 76

Both lakes are at summer pool with little flucuation. Kentucky Dam has been generating between 7,000 cfs – 28,000 cfs over the past few days. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 8,600 cfs for 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 . Kentucky Lake is clear. Lake Barkley is stained with a few of the larger creeks heavily stained from localized heavy rains this week.

We finally have had a week without high winds to contend with on the lakes. We are getting some scattered afternoon thunderstorms most days with localized rain and wind but it has been spotty. The current weather patterns we have been having remain in the forecast through next mid week. Tomorrow’s forecast is for a high of 86, low of 67 with a 50% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind E at 6. Saturday is showing a high of 88 and low of 68 with a 50% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind E at 6. Sunday is forecasted to have a high of 86, low of 71 with a 40% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind SSE at 6. The extended forecast thourgh next mid week is calling for highs in the 80’s, low’s in the 70″s with a chance of rain each day and southerly wind flow.

I mentioned in last week’s report the ledges were beginning to come on and this week the bass fishing on the ledges proved that to be true. We have had a good week on the ledges with hungry post spawn Largemouth. An example of that would be the first day weigh-in today for the FLW Ray-O-Vac Series out of Ken Lake Marina. Today there were 29 bags over 20 lbs weighed on the pro side with the tournament being led by local favorite Brandon Hunter with over 27lbs. Congratulations Brandon….keep it coming! We still have Largemouth being taken on the post spawn points and banks in the creeks and bays also as well as some Largemouth still being taken on the spawning flats near the brush, so if your not into ledge fishing, you still can find some numbers in shallower water.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lakes as well as around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points, secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats and around buck brush in the backs of creeks and bays and spawning coves. These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early), spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged floating worms and jigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on crankbaits and jigs. Smallmouth are also being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer, green gizzard shad and chartreuse gizzard shad, Strike King XD10 and XD6 series in sexy shad, parrot and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, Charmer tubes in smoke purple, road kill and green pumpkin, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in mustard, and Strike King trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, watermelon with purple fleck and watermelon with red fleck.

Bluegill/Red Ears: We still have Bluegills bedding and some nice catches are still being taken. Bluegills are being taken off spawing beds in 2-4 ft of water by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and with split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms. Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 3-5 ft of water with worms under bobbers and split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms.

Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken on deep rocky banks and shallow rocky shorelines on the main lake as well as in the creeks and bays on rocky bottom flats. These fish are spawning and the numbers are dwindling but some are still being taken with night crawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers. Catfish are also being reported on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncind shrimp and leach combinations but this bite has slowed with the lack of current this past week.

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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: 15, 16, 18

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. Now is the time to start booking your fall trips with me. 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 May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.96 Surface Temperature – 72
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.10 Surface Temperature – 72

Both lakes are at summer pool this week with little fluctuation. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of between 21,000 cfs – 35,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of between 9,900 cfs – 20,000 cfs 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 . Kentucky Lake clarity ranges from lightly stained to clear. The stain mostly in the creeks and bays from winds kicking up silt earlier this week. Lake Barkley is stained.

The wind we had last week continued into this week and we had lake wind warnings out through mid week due to south winds from an approaching cold front. We were post frontal today with light wind and this post frontal light winds are forecasted to continue through the weekend. The nasty cold front we had pass through the lakes area late last week bring unseasonably lower temperatures dropped the water temperatures all the way back to the high 60’s but the temperatures have been slowly recovering over the past few days. With warmer temperatures in the forecast and light winds, expect the water temperatures to rise over the weekend and into next week. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 82 and low of 59 with post frontal wind NE at 7. Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 82 and low of 60 with wind E at 7. Sunday the warm up continues with a high of 87 and low of 65 with wind SSE at 4. Memorial Day is calling for a high of 90 with low of 68 with wind SSW at 8. Southerly wind and warm days are in the forecast through mid week.

This week we found more Largmouth moving to the ledges, especially those around the mouths of the creeks and bays. We still have a myriad of patterns going though as we have bucks guarding the nests in the spawning areas and post spawn fish feeding up on primary points and secondary points as well as the creek channel banks in the creeks and bays. It is take you pick on patterns still but our most consistant bite this week has been coming off the primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays but the ledge bite is quickly picking up and some ledges are starting to produce some good numbers and good fish. The Bluegill anglers are still reporting a good bite in spawning areas with some nice Red Ears also being produced but the Red Ears are being reported as slower than one would expect this time of year. The Catfish are still biting on rocky deep banks with some still being taken on shallow rocky flats.

FLASH: With the great weather forecast for this weekend, expect the lakes to be very busy with pleasure boaters and anglers. Please drive defensively on the water and be courteous to fellow boaters. Let’s get through this weekend with zero accidents and lots of fun. Please also take time to remember those that gave their all so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on primary points and secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays or main lake ledges adjacent to the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats and around buck brush in the backs of creeks and bays and spawning coves. These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged floating worms and jigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on topwater lures, crankbaits and jigs. Smallmoutha are also being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Strike King XD 5 and XD6 series in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer lizards in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue fleck and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer tubes in smoke purple and green pumpkin, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns and Strike King trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, watermelon with purple fleck and watermelon with red fleck.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Bluegills are being taken off spawing beds in 2-4 ft of water by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and with split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms. Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 3-5 ft of water with worms under bobbers and split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms.

Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken on deep rocky banks and shallow rocky shorelines on the main lake as well as in the creeks and bays on rocky bottom flats. These fish are spawning and being taken in large numbers with night crawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers. Catfish are also being reported on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncind shrimp and leach combinations during periods of current.

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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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. Now is the time to start booking your fall trips with me. 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 May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.30 Surface Temperature – 71
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.35 Surface Temperature – 71

Both lakes are a few inches over summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been varying generation today between 14,000 cfs – 34,700 cfs. Barkley Dam has been varying generation today between 84,00 cfs – 17,200 cfs. 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 .

We started out this week with summer like temperatures reaching the high 80’s to near 90. Then a nasty cold front moved through the lakes area yesterday bringing with it some heavy rains and cooler temperatures. One day your in shorts and t-shirts and the next day you back in gortex. Early this week the lakes were back up almost a foot over summer pool and then the TVA pulled the bottom out again and dumped the lakes back to summer pool. I have lost count how many times this has happened over the past month…it is no wonder the Largemouth spawn has been spread out for so long and that now we have every pattern going you could imagine. We still have late prespawn bass although the numbers are dwindling, we have Largemouth on the beds and we have post spawners in numbers. The shad started their spawn early this week and the post spawn bass have been having a field day feeding on these easy targets with a few late prespawner’s mixed in. The cold front dropped the water temperatures a couple of degrees over the past two days and slowed the shallow spawning bite down and the post spawn bite slowed a little but it is still the more reliable pattern this week. The forecast for tomorrow and the weekend is for post frontal conditions with a high tomorrow of 63 and low of 45 with wind W at 13. Saturday’s forecast is showing a high of 67 and low of 47 with a 20% chance of rain and wind E at 4 (flat water). Sunday’s forecast continues post frontal with a high of 70 and low of 48 with wind NE at 5. We will start rebounding early next week with daytime high’s reaching the mid 80’s by midweek with low’s in the 60’s and south quadrant winds. The Bluegill spawn went into full swing this week with the full moon as well as the catfish spawn. Red Ears are also getting more active although the cold front did seem to slow these fish down the past couple of days according to the reports I received.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns. Post spawn Largemouth are being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as ledges in the deeper creeks and bays as they are feeding on large schools of spawning shad. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. Our best bite on this pattern was on jigs with over 5 limits taken on Monday working points in the creeks and bays as I was preparing a client for an upcoming tournament. We left fish biting on almost every spot we hit. Largemouth are also still being taken in the shallow spawning areas around the bushes and on staging banks and points just off the spawning areas. Most of these fish are bucks guarding the nests but there are still females on the nests and some late prespawn Largemouth still feeding up. We took a few very nice late prespawn bass shallow this past week also still full of eggs with only small spots on their tails where they had started fanning nests. These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits early in the morning and then jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits and whacky rigged worms later in the day.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on primary and secondary points in the creeks and bays feeding on large schools of spawning shad. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken early in the morning on gravel points on the main lakes on topwater lures, crankbaits and jigs. We had some very nice Smallmouth this week feeding on the spawning shad.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike King XD 5 and XD6 series in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Chatterbaits in shad patterns, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Charmer lizards in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue fleck and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with red fleck, Charmer tubes in smoke purple, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns and Strike King trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, watermelon with purple fleck and watermelon with red fleck.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Bluegills are being taken off spawing beds in 2-4 ft of water by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and with split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms. Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 3-5 ft of water with worms under bobbers and split shot rigs on bottom baited with small jigs tipped with worms.

Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken on shallow rocky shorelines on the main lake as well as in the creeks and bays on rocky bottom flats. These fish are spawning and being taken in large numbers with night crawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers. These fish are also being taken in deeper water around riprap shorelines with night crawlers 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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: 9, 14, 17, 18

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. Now is the time to start booking your fall trips with me. 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 May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.48 Surface Temperature – 68
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.45 Surface Temperature – 68

Both lakes about about one half foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 29,000 cfs today. Barkley dam has been generating at an average rate of 19,200 cfs 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 .

This has been a week of above normal tempertures, sunny skies and lots of south wind. We have had lake wind warnings out every day this past week. Although the wind has made moving around the lakes and fishing somewhat of a challenge, it has not kept the anglers off the lakes for the most part. The winds this week were caused by a stationary line of low pressure sitting to our northwest all week with a high pressure area sitting to our east. This line of low pressure is now slowly moving toward the lakes area today bringing with it some rain and scattered thunderstorms. We are forecasted to have a chance of thunderstorms and south winds in our forecast through Monday until the front has moved through the lakes area. The extended forecast after Monday through next midweek is for post frontal conditions bringing more seasonable tempertures with a chance of thunderstorms through mid week. The forecast for the weekend is as follows: Saturday is calling for a high of 81 and low of 67 with wind S at 7 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 83, low of 69 with wind S at 12 and a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

At the time of last week’s report the lakes were one foot over summer pool. Since last week the TVA drew the lakes down to levels just under summer pool and then they brought the lakes slowly back up to present levels. The quick draw down had an impact on the Largemouth fishing. Just as large numbers of late prespawn Largemouth moved into the shallows to bed, the lakes were drawn down and many of these fish moved back out onto the adjacent staging areas and somewhat scattered these fish. The fish that were already on the beds were not affected, but many of the fish that had not locked on the beds moved out. What we have going right now is some post spawn Largemouth from the early spawners, some Largemouth on the beds and some late prespawn Largemouth yet to move onto the beds. We took a some numbers of late prespawn Largemouth this week on the staging points and banks just off the spawning areas with only slight tail rubs or no signs of tail rubs that were full of eggs. These are the fish that pulled back when the water was dropped. We also had a few post spawn fish with bloody tails that had already spawned out in these areas, but we had more late prespawners than post spawners. What this tells me is that we still have a number of Largemouth that have yet to spawn and these fish are now moving shallow with the rise in the water levels over the past 24 hours and with the full moon phase approaching early this next week, there are going to be numbers of Largemouth going on the beds over the next few days.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken in the spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays as well as on staging points and lead in banks just off the shallow spawning areas. The shallow fish are located around and in the button brush as well as cypress trees and other cover. These late prespawn and spawning fish are being taken on a myriad of lures and techniques. Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, whacky rigged worms, and topwater lures are all being reported as catching fish. Our best bite this week was on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, whacky rigged worms and jigs working the staging areas just off the spawning areas where the late prespawn fish had moved out with the drop in the water levels.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth on post spawn patterns now and are being taken on gravel banks and points on the main lakes as well as in the creeks and bays. Jigs, shaky heads, tube jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits are taking some fish. There are some Smallmouth now being taken early in the morning on gravel main lake points on topwater lures.

Productive lures: Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, 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 and Timber Pups 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 most of the Crappie have now spawned with only a few late spawners. 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 early and late in the day. These spawners are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and by fishing with minnows under bobbers.

Bluegill/Redear: The Bluegills have been active this week on gravel flats near the button brush and mustard flowers in the creeks and bays. These fish are starting to come in numbers now and with the full moon approaching, this coming week should be very good for them. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets and worms under bobbers as well as on split shot rigs dragged on bottom with small jigs tipped with worms. The Redears are starting to show up on gravel banks and especially on gravel bars in 3-6 ft of water and although I have not received any reports yet of big numbers, this should change also with the approaching full moon. These fish are being taken on the same baits and techniques as the Bluegill.

Catfish: Catfish are now being taken in large numbers on shallow rocky flats and banks both in the creeks and bays and on the main lakes. These fish are spawning and very active. These fish are being best taken on nightcrawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers. A lot of jug fishermen are now working the shallow flats so boaters should be aware of these floating jugs when transversing the flats in the creeks and bays.

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:

May: 19, 21, 22, 27
June: 18, 19
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 May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.85 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.75 Surface Temperature – 65

Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown. Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of between 120.000 cfs and 88,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of about 85,000 cfs 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 . Kentucky Lake clarity ranges from lightly stained on the main lake to stained in many of the creeks and bays with a few creeks heavily stained but fishable. Lake Barkley clarity ranges from heavily stained on the main lake to muddy in most of the creeks and bays.

FLASH: In last week’s report I announced that I would be undergoing surgery this past week to correct an aneurysm in my abdominal aorta and thus would be out of pocket and not publishing a report during May as I would be recovering from my operation. My operation was cancelled at the last minute this past week (actually while I was on the operating table and already under anesthesia). My operation will be rescheduled for later this summer after a new stint is fabricated to address my particular problem…so I am back on the water again and since I cancelled all of my May trips, I will certainly be contacting those folks I had to cancel to offer them a reshedule but I am sure I will have some openings this month if you wish to take a guided bass trip with me give me a call or drop me an email to check my availability. I wish to thank all the great folks that contacted me to let me know they were keeping me and my family in their thoughts and prayers. It is very comforting to know that we have so many good friends.

A lot has happened not only to me this past week but here in the lakes area. Last weekend the lakes were close to reaching summer pool levels and the Largemouth were starting to move shallow in more numbers for the spawn. We took a number of nice fish moving into the spawning areas last Saturday. Then came the wind and rain from the slow moving cold front that moved across the area early in the week. The heavy rains here in the local area and up the rivers shot the lake levels up rapidly to one foot over pool and the TVA and Corps opened the gates on the both the dams. The lakes are right now on a draw down back to summer pool levels. The Largemouth have moved into the shallows for spawning in big numbers now and the late prespawn/spawn bite is on. The heavy rains and inflow has muddied up Lake Barkley but fish are being taken. Kentucky is stained on the main lake with some heavier stain in the creeks and bays but more than fishable and late prespawn bass are being taken. Crappie anglers are reporting that most of the Crappie have now spawned but there are some late spawners still to be had. Most of the fish being taken the past couple of days are reported to be post spawn fish suspending over brush piles in 8-14 ft of water in the creeks and bays. Some Crappie are still being taken shallow in 3-6 ft of water near wood cover.
I received a number of reports of the Bluegill now staging in the creeks around flooded bushes in the 3-5 ft range for their up coming spawn. I received some more reports that the Channel Catfish are now moving to the rocky banks on the main lakes and also in the creeks and bays to begin their spawning.

After a few days of cooler post frontal weather associated with the big cold front, the weather outlook for the weekend and next week is looking good. Friday’s forecast is calling for a post frontal high of 66 and low of 46 with wind WSW at 13. Saturday begins the warm up again with a high of 77 and low of 53 with wind WSW at 12. Sunday is showing even warmer with a high of 84 and low of 58 with wind SSW at 12. The extended forecast through mid next week is for high’s in the mid 80’s and low’s in the 60’s with a southern flow of wind.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken in the spawning areas in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays. These fish are located around and in the button brush as well as cypress trees and other cover. These late prespawn and spawning fish are being taken on a myriad of lures and techniques. Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, whacky rigged worms, lipless crankbaits and topwater lures are all being reported as catching fish. Our best bite during my last trip out was on Texas rigged lizards, whacky rigged worms and jigs. There are still a number of Largemouth on the final staging points and banks just off the spawning areas especially around wood cover and these fish are being taken on shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, tube jigs and Texas rigged lizards and creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on gravel banks and points on the main lakes as well as in the creeks and bays. There are a few of these fish still spawning but the majority of these fish are now on post spawn patterns. Jigs, shaky heads, tube jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits are taking some fish. I expect we will see these fish on an early morning and late evening topwater bite very soon.

Productive lures: Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and 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 and Timber Pups 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 most 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:

May: As mentioned above I have dates available…call or email me to book a trip.
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”