Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fishing Report dated June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.27 Surface Temperature – 83
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.25 Surface Temperature – 82

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating at averages between 13,000 cfs – 20,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 7,900 cfs today. We have not had enough generation over the past week for any appreciable current on either lake. 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 .

As mentioned above, we have not had any current on either lake this past week and the ledge bite is not quite as good as it was the past few weeks but some good fish are still being taken but the ledges are little more spotty as is the feeding but one can do ok if you have patience and find the right schools willing to eat. The ledges have been busy on Kentucky Lake this week with the FLW Tour in town. The weather has been indicative of this time of year with scattered thunderstorms during the early afternoon most days. Anglers should keep an eye out for these storms to pop up rapidly and seek safe harbor. These storms can produce some dangerous lightning and localized windy conditions. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86 and low of 70 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind S at 6. The weekend looks like a repeat of tomorrows weather in that the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday is for highs of 86 and lows of 72 with a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind both days forecasted SSW at 10. The forecast for early next week is for highs in the low 90’s and lows around 70 with wind from the south as a front approaches which is forecasted to come through the area on Tuesday.

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, spoons, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays near wood cover and around docks. These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry. Our best bite this week overall has been on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs on the ledges and on Texas rigged creature baits in the shallows near wood cover.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken. Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky points and banks on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King Splash baits in shad pattens, Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Strike King XD10 and XD6 series in sexy shad, parrot and chartreuse sexy shad, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Stike King Sexy Spoons, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s football head jigs in mustard.

White Bass: White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and adjacent flats by verically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling with small spinners behind deep diving crankbaits.

Bluegill: Bluegills are also being taken around docks and on banks with overhanging trees early in the morning as they are feeding on Mayflies.

Catfish: Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large shiners. The Catfish bite has been reported as slow do to lack 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:

June: Sorry, No dates available
July: Sorry, No dates available
August: Sorry, No dates available
September: I still have a number of dates available
October: I still have a number of dates available
November: I still have a number of dates available

Call me or drop me an email to book your fall dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want.

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

Fishing Report dated June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.08 Surface Temperature – 81
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.10 Surface Temperature – 81

Both lakes are back at summer pool levels after having been drawn down over the past week. Kentucky Dam has generated between 14,000 cfs – 43,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has generated between 8100 cfs – 26,000 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 .

No doubt summer has arrived here in the lakes area with heat indexes around 100 during the afternoon every day this week. The lakes reached summer pool levels on the drawdown a couple of days ago. Since the lakes reached summer pool, the current has decreased and now we are getting current mostly during the afternoon and early evening hours during the heat of the day. We are still getting some good bags of bass without the current but the numbers of limits boated per day has dropped for us the past couple of days as we were out when no current was present. Our best bag and numbers came for us on Monday with current when my client had over 7 limits of keepers with the best 5 going 30lbs with an 8lb Largemouth and a 6lb Smallmouth in that bag. It was a day I am sure my client will remember for many years as will I. I expect we will see some very good bags in the FLW Tour tournament here next week as the pro’s take to the water out of Paris Landing. I have seen a lot of White Bass activity again this week around the mouths of the bays on Kentucky Lake and also on flats adjacent to the river channel. Mayflies have been hatching all week and this has the Bluegills and Whites very active around overhanging trees in the creeks and bays during the early morning hours.

The weather forecast is calling for more hot and humid days through the first of next week so make sure you bring plenty of cold water, sports drinks and your sunscreen if you are going out on the lakes. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 89 and low of 72 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms. The wind forecast for tomorrow is WSW at 9. Saturday is calling for a high of 91 and low of 69 with a 20% chance of rain and wind NW at 7. Sunday’s forecast is a high of 93 and low of 69 with wind NNE at 3. Monday remains hot with a high of 95 and low of 71 with a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind SW at 7. The extended forecast through mid next week shows high’s in the mid 80’s low’s in the high 60’s with a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day. This is the time of year when we can get some nasty pop up storms during the heat of the day so angler’s should keep and eye on the sky and find a safe port when these storms approach. These summer storms normally have a lot of nasty lightning and localized high winds.

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, spoons, 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 in the creeks and bays near wood cover. These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry. Our best bite this week overall has been on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. The ledge bite has been good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken. Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky points and banks on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King Splash baits in shad pattens, 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 and bay smelt, Stike King Sexy Spoons, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L baby advantage and football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s football head jigs in mustard, and Strike King football head jigs in blue craw.

White Bass: White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and adjacent flats by verically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling with small spinners behind deep diving crankbaits.

Bluegill: Some Bluegills are being taken around flooded brush 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. Bluegills are also being taken around docks and on banks with overhanging trees early in the morning as they are feeding on Mayflies.

Catfish: Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large shiners during periods of current flow.

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 having a meet and greet with FLW Tour Professionals: David Fritts, Brandon Coulter and Ronnie Grant on Saturday, June 21st. There will be a lot of storewide specials all day so plan to stop by and meet the Pro’s and stock up on some great values.

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 in conjuction with Picasso Lures and IRod Fishing Rods is presenting a FISHING TACKLE EXTRAVAGANZA on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st at the store from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day. You will get a chance to see these great products as well as purchase them at unbelievable values and to top it off, you can meet a number of the Pro Team members and get tips and autographs. There will also be many other specials in the store each day:

Friday: FLW Tour Pro’s Terry Bolton, Dan Morehead and Brandon Hunter
Skeeter Classic Champion Chris Beaudrie

Saturday: FLW and Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Fred Roumbanis 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2013 FLW Tour Angler of the Year and current points leader Andy Morgan
2013 FLW Tour Champion Casey Martin 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Free food and drinks on Saturday!

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:

June: Sorry, No dates available
July: Sorry, No dates available
August: Sorry, No dates available
September: I still have a number of dates available
October: I still have a number of dates available
November: I still have a number of dates available

Call me or drop me an email to book your fall dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want.

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

Fishing Report dated June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 360.14 Surface Temperature – 78
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 360.00 Surface Temperature – 78

Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown. Kentucky Dam has been spilling at rates between 97,000 – 110.000 today. Barkley Dam has been spilling at rate of 35,600 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 .

We had more daily rains and scattered thunderstorms this past week with a few heavy downpours at night. Both lakes rose to a little over their present levels and now the TVA is spilling water to bring the lakes back to summer pool. Of course having some gates open at the dams is giving us some around the clock current which no doubt has contributed to the continuing good bite on the ledges for bass. I have also observed quite a bit of white bass surface activity, especially around the mouths of the bays over the past week. Most of these breaking schools appear to be smaller fish but I did see a few breaking schools of larger Whites on Kentucky Lake. The Catfish anglers are reporting a good bite also out on the rivers with the current now being present. Wind was a factor on the lakes for a couple of days this week but even with the wind hampering some main lake ledge fishing, we are finding good producing ledges inside the mouths of the creeks and bays off the main lake.

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, spoons, 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 in the creeks and bays near wood cover. These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry. The ledge bite has been good.

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 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. Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky points and banks on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy 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, Stike King Sexy Spoons, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L baby advantage and football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s football head jigs in mustard, and Strike King football head jigs in blue craw.

Bluegill: Some Bluegills are being taken around flooded brush 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. The full moon this week should put some late spawning Bluegills on the beds in the shallows just off the button brush.

Catfish: Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large shiners.

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:

June: Sorry, No dates available
July: Sorry, No dates available
August: Sorry, No dates available
September: I still have a number of dates available
October: I still have a number of dates available
November: I still have a number of dates available

Call me or drop me an email to book your fall dates now. The sooner you book, the more likely you can get the dates you want. 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 June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.54 Surface Temperature – 79
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.60 Surface Temperature – 79

Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 26,000 cfs over the past few days around the clock. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 7,800 cfs over the past few days around the clock. 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 .

The weather this week has been typical of this time of year with a windy day here and there and scattered afternoon thunderstorms in the lakes area every afternoon or early evening. We had a front pass through the lakes area last night and it brought with it some scattered severe storms and locally heavy rains. This is the time of year everyone needs to keep an eye on the sky for approaching pop up thunderstorms and seek safe harbor before the storms come in as these storms can produce locally high winds and dangerous lightning. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84 and low of 66 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms. Wind is forecasted from ESE at 4. Saturday’s forecast is for a high of 84 and low of 69 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms some of which have the potential to be severe as another front comes through the area. The wind forecast for Saturday is from the SE at 6. Sunday is calling for a high of 82 and low of 67 with a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms with post frontal wind NW at 10. The forecast through next mid week is calling for more daytime high’s in the lower 80’s with night time low’s in the 60’s with a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day.

Although we still have not had any current on the lakes, the ledge bite is holding up this week and overall has been good. Some days have been slower than others and some days better than others. An example of a good day was like today in which we were out for 5 hours and I quit counting my clients keeper Largemouth after 5 limits with the best 5 fish going around 22 lbs. A slower day would have been like yesterday in which we had over a limit of keepers but the best 5 went about 17lbs. on a 5 hour trip. I expect this good bite will continue over the next week.

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 in the creeks and bays near wood cover. These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry.

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 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. I had one report of the night time summer bite this week on rocky points and banks on the main lake with dark colored spinnerbaits.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy 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, 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, D&L baby advantage and football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s football head jigs in mustard, and Strike King football head jigs in blue craw.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Some 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. We should expect a late Bluegill spawn with the next full moon this month. 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. The reports indicate the Red Ear bite to be dwindling with lower numbers being taken.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken on deep rocky banks and also being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations but this bite has been reported as slow 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:

June: Sorry, No dates available
July: 18
August: Sorry, No dates available

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 am taking 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”