Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fishing Report dated July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.42 Surface Temperature – 82
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.50 Surface Temperature – 82

Both lakes are one half foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down. Expect both lakes to reach one foot below summer pool by the end of the month in accordance with the TVA River Operating System Schedule barring any unforeseen influx of water. Kentucky Dam has been generating at average rates of between 6,700 – 35,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 8,000 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 .

NOTICE: This will be my last weekly report until late August as I will be undergoing an operation next week to correct an aneurism on my aorta at Vanderbilt hospital. I am expected to have a recovery period of 4 weeks so I will not be on the water again until late August. I am already chomping at the bit to get back on the water and it hasn’t even started yet!

We woke up Tuesday morning this week to air temperatures in the low 50’s and north winds. The past few days has felt more like October with morning low’s in the 50’s and high’s of 70’s in the afternoon. Certainly this break from the normal hot summer temperatures has been nice but it seems to have taken it’s toll on the bass bite. I mentioned for the past 2 weeks that the ledge bite has been spotty, well since the unseasonably cooler weather moved in the bite has moved from spotty to slow. The forecast for tomorrow if for a high of 78 and low of 62 with high pressure east wind at 6. Saturday shows more high pressure with a high of 83 and low of 65 with wind east at 7. Sunday’s forecast shows the beginning of a warming trend with a return to a high of 87 and low of 67, a 20% chance of rain with wind south southeast at 4. As you can see you can expect high pressure and flat water this weekend so it will be nice to be out there but I would also expect a slow bite on the ledges for bass. On the other hand, the cooler weather seems to have the white bass very active with suspending shad and the reports this week on white bass have been good. The extended forecast though next mid week shows a return to the 90’s with humidity and chance of thunderstorms each afternoon with southerly 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 deep main lake points with 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 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 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. Good Largemouth are also being taken on this night pattern.

Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Strike King Splash baits in shad pattens, Bag5 custom painted deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard 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 verictally 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. The Mayfly hatches this week were spotty but those that found them reported a good bite.

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 night crawlers. The catfish bite reportedly picked up the past two afternoons with current draw.

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:
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 July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.01 Surface Temperature – 82
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.90 Surface Temperature – 82

Both lakes are at summer pool and on a slow drawdown. Kentucky Dam has been generating between 25,000 – 34,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating between 7,000 – 24,900 cfs today. In accordance with the TVA River Operating Schedule, expect both lakes to be slowly drawn down over the month with an expected drop to one foot below summer pool by the end of this month barring any unforeseen influx of water. 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 .

Even though we enjoyed some cooler temperatures for this time of year this past week, we also had a few more windy days making fishing the ledges a little more difficult on those days. On the days were able to get on the ledges, we are finding pretty much what we reported last week in that the ledge fishing activity has been spotty with no current and lower oxygen levels. We did manage to put some nice bass in the boat this past week on the ledges but again the numbers we were experiencing during late May and June have dwindled which is expected as the fish are reacting negatively to the lack of current and lower oxygen levels. Our best success this past week on the ledges was fishing slower techniques with Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. You can still put a good limit of bass in the boat on the ledges right now, you just need to find some baitfish relating to the ledges and fish slow. One pattern I believe a lot of folks are overlooking too right now is deep main lake points where some fish are being taken also by fishing the slower techniques. The summer shallow water back up pattern is still providing plenty of action although most of the fish are small but the fish are actively feeding on the schools of fry around docks and shallow wood cover in the creeks and bays. The shallow water fish can be taken on some mornings and late in the evening with topwater lures but the better bite is later in the morning and during the day with Texas rigged small creature baits and small jigs.

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 deep main lake points with 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 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 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. Good Largemouth are also being taken on this night pattern.

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 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 verictally 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. We have been having some large Mayfly hatches this past week and the action on these has been reported as good.

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 slower this past week with the 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:

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 July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.24 Surface Temperature – 82
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.15 Surface Temperature – 82

Both Lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam varied generation between 28,000 – 58,000 cfs over the past 24 hours. Barkley Dam varied generation between 8,400 – 26,000 over the past 24 hours. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm .

Most of this past week the weather was typical summer with hot humid days and afternoon scattered thunderstorms. One thing we have been experiencing which is not typical for this time of year is we have had a lot of windy days which has at times made fishing the ledges on the main lakes challenging. We have been able to get on the ledges most mornings but was forced to retreat to a shallow back up pattern later in the day as the wind picked up. This certainly did not hamper us from catching bass though as there continues to be a good bite in the shallows as some bass are feeding on schools of fry from the late spawns. Our biggest catch from the shallows was a whopping 8lb Largemouth taken from wood cover in 4 feet of water last Friday. Although most of the shallow fish we are getting are of the smaller variety, we also have managed a number of keepers up to 5 lbs. Of course we are still concentrating most of our fishing on the ledges when possible where although the fish seem to have been beat up from all the big tournaments lately, we are still managing to catch some nice fish but just not as many multiple limits each day as we were a couple of weeks ago. We did see a couple of days this past week in which some current was being generated during the late morning and afternoon hours on the hotter days which certainly is a plus because the oxygen levels were getting quite low with over two weeks of no current and hot weather. A nice cool front came through the area on Tuesday night and the forecast for the holiday weekend looks very good with cooler temperatures and lighter winds. The forecast for Friday is for a high of 81, low of 57 with wind NNE at 10. Saturday is calling for a high of 83, low of 61 with wind E at 6. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 88, low of 68 with wind SSW at 6. The extended forecast for next week is calling for a return to warmer and more humid weather with high’s in the low 90’s and low’s in the 70’s with a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day. The lakes will be crowded this weekend with the holiday traffic so please practice defensive driving when operating your watercraft and be couteous to your fellow boaters. Take plenty of water, sports drinks and sun screen with you and have a great weekend!

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 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 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 best when current is present.

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”