Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fishing Report dated April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 361.65 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 361.75 Surface Temperature – 65

Both lakes are 3.5 feet over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 107,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 74,000 cfs this afternoon. 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 ranges from slightly stained to clear. Lake Barkley ranges from heavily stained in the river channel to clear in most creeks but some creeks do have heavily stained water in the backs of the creeks. Barkley is definitely fishable. There is debris floating in both lakes with the water up so be very careful when running the lakes.

General Conditions: This past week has been a week with back to back cold fronts, some high winds and of course some more rain. The lakes rose to present levels over the past week with locally heavy rains and heavy rains up the rivers. Although the high winds did keep us off the lakes a couple of days, we did manage to get out most of the days over the past week. The Largemouth are on a late prespawn/spawn patterns now with some spawning, some feeding up in the shallows getting ready to spawn and still some staging on the final lead in banks just off the spawning areas. The high water is in the button brush and mustard flowers. The bite has been good on days just before the frontal passages and somewhat slower on post frontal days, but even on the post frontal days there are fish to be caught. The current TVA forecast for the lake levels is to start a slow draw down tomorrow but these forecasts can change so monitor the TVA site for the most recent updates. Most of the Crappie reports are indicating that the peak of the Crappie spawn is over and the bite has been somewhat scattered over the past week with the rapid rise in water levels. No doubt once things settle down, there will still be some late Crappie to spawn.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 65 and low of 55 with a 50% chance of rain in the evening with wind ESE8. Saturday is forecasted with a high of 80 and low of 54 with an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Wind is forecasted to be SW14 as another cold front approaches the area and right now is forecasted to come through on Saturday night. Sunday will be post frontal with a high of 63, low of 45 with a 20% chance of rain and wind N10. The extended forecast into mid next week is for post frontal conditions with high’s in the 60’s, low’s around 50 and northernly quadrant winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and channel banks inside the creeks and bays leading into the spawning areas. These staging fish are taking shallow running crank baits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs and shakey heads. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats and ditches in front of the spawning areas on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards, whacky rigs and jigs. Our best bite for larger fish over the past week has been dragging Texas rigged lizards and jigs on the lead in banks just off the spawning areas and on the flats and ditches in front of and around the flooded brush and flowers.
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Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on shallow main lake gravel points and banks near the channels and on gravel secondary points and banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on slow rolled crank baits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures this week have been: Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Spro Little John crankbaits in spring craw, Strike King Red Eye Shad lipless crankbaits in red or orange with black crawdad patterns as well as chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw and Oops patterns with Missle Turbo Tail trailers, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Baby Paca Craw trailer, Slong’s spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer shakey head worms as well as Yamamoto senkos and Yum Dingers on D&L and Slong’s shakey head jigs in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue on whacky rigs
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Crappie: Crappie have reportedly been scattered this week with the rising water. I have had reports of Crappie being taken on spider rigs in 12-15 ft of water over brush piles on jigs tipped with minnows as well as Crappie being taken in 3-5 ft of water near buck brush and flowers on minnows under bobbers. Most of the reports are saying that the peak of the Crappie spawn is over but I am sure once the water settles down there will still be a number of Crappie hanging around shallow for a while to be taken.

Catfish: Channel Catfish are moving up on shallow rocky main lake banks to feed as well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on rod/reel with night crawlers fished on bottom and under bobbers. Catfish are also being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays on jug lines baited with threadfin shad and also night crawlers.
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 19 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 Lowrance HDS sonar and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: 12, 24, 25, 29

Call me or drop me an email to book your late summer and fall trips with me now. The sooner you make a reservation, the more likely you are to get the date(s) 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 April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.83 Surface Temperature – 64
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.00 Surface Temperature – 64

Both lakes are at summer pool level. Kentucky Dam is spilling at an average rate of 93,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam is spilling at an average rate of 50,000 cfs this afternoon. 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 ranges from slightly stained to clear. Lake Barkley ranges from heavily stained to muddy.

FLASH: I do not normally advertise tournaments in this report but there is an up coming tournament on the Cumberland River that I would like to mention. This tournament is being held on the behalf of Jenna King, a sweet 9 year old girl that has Leukimia. Jenna has already under gone a heart catheter operation and is now receiving chemotherapy and her family needs your help and support. The tournament is a Team Tournament and will be held at The Clarksville Marina on Saturday, April 25th. The entry fee is 100.00 per team with a 10.00 Big Bass optional pot. There is a 2000.00 guaranteed first place and 1000.00 guanteed second place for this tournament. All proceeds from the tournament will go to Jenna’s family to assist with her care. Contact Todd Phillips at 931- 980-3450 or email: atphillips62@yahoo.com for details.

General Conditions: We have received a lot of rain here and up the rivers over the past few days and both lakes have been rising to present levels. These heavy rains has some stained water in the backs of some creeks and bays on Kentucky but overall the fishing conditions are good. Lake Barkley has gotten heavily stained from these rains with some areas down right muddy. The forecast thru the weekend is showing a high of 80/low of 59 tomorrow with a 20% chance of rain and wind ENE5. Saturday looks good with a high of 78/low of 64, 20% chance of rain with wind ESE10. Sunday is forecasted with a high of 78/low of 60 with a 90% chance of thunderstorms and wind SW11 as another cold front approaches. The extended forecast into early next week is for post frontal conditions with highs in the 60’s and low’s in the high 40’s. Make sure you check the latest wind and weather forecasts before venturing on the lakes as the forecasts can change on short notice this time of year.

The Largemouth are now in late prespawn patterns for the most part. We are taking fish on lead in banks and points just off the spawning areas and also some on the flats just in front of the spawning areas. With the water rising into the abundance of mustard flowers this year we are starting to pick up fish where the water has come up over some of them. We fished Barkley last weekend and on Monday and the Largemouth there seemed to be more established on the late prespawn bite than on Kentucky which we fished the past few days, but I expect Kentucky Lake will catch up real quick with the rising water and the warm up today and forecasted warm up over the weekend. We are still getting fish on the channel banks and points about half way into the creeks and bays as more fish are staging to come in shallow. Expect the shallow bite to just get better over the next couple of weeks with the exception of a slow day or two with passing cold fronts.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and channel banks inside the creeks and bays. More of these fish are showing up on the staging points and banks leading into the spawning areas every day now. The deeper fish are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, crankbaits, jigs and shakey heads. The closer staging fish off the spawning areas are taking shallow running crank baits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs and shakey heads. Some Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in front of the spawning areas on lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards and jigs. Our best bite over the past week has been on Texas rigged lizards and jigs on the lead in banks just off the spawning areas.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on shallow main lake gravel points and banks near the channels and on gravel secondary points and banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on slow rolled crank baits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures this week have been: Excite and Strike King medium running crankbaits in black/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King Red Eye Shad and Excaliber One Knocker lipless crankbaits in red or orange with black crawdad patterns as well as chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw and Oops patterns with Missle Turbo Tail trailers, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Baby Paca Craw trailer, Slong’s spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer shakey head worms as well as Yamamoto senkos and Yum Dingers on D&L and Slong’s shakey head jigs in green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are moving the spawning banks early and late in the day in 3-5 ft of water..gravel banks with flowers or wood cover are reported to be working good. These fish are being taken by casting curly tail jigs, road runner baits and under bobbers with minnows. There are still staging Crappie in 8-12 ft of water over brush piles and these fish are being taken by spider rigging minnows and small curly tail jigs, 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 19 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 Lowrance HDS sonar and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:
April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: 8, 10, 12, 13
June: 1, 2, 12, 23, 24, 25, 29

Call me or drop me an email to book your late summer and fall trips with me now. The sooner you make a reservation, the more likely you are to get the date(s) 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 April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.68 Surface Temperature – 62
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.80 Surface Temperature – 62

Both lakes are about 2.5 feet below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average of 58,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average of 50,000 cfs this morning. Both lakes reached a level of 357 this week which is higher than normal for this week in April. The TVA is now lowering the lake levels to get the lakes back on track with the River Operating System. The lakes have been lowered almost 6 inches in the past 8 hours and are projected to be lowered another 6 inches by Sunday. I would expect the lakes to then begin a slow rise toward summer pool again next week with the lakes reaching summer pool levels by the end of the 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 . With the lake levels down, everyone needs to be cautious when navigating the lakes. Use the navigation channels unless you know exactly where you are and if you are not sure, idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water.

General Conditions: We experienced near record breaking high temperatures the past few days and the water temperatures have risen to be 4 degrees higher than this time last week. Last week I predicted that we will see the Largemouth moving to full blown prespawn patterns this week and that is exactly what has happened with this warm up. More fish are showing up in the creeks and bays and staging on lead in channel banks and points off the spawning coves and flats. There are some early fish already fanning beds in some of the spawning areas as well as some roamers during the day in the shallows. Most of the fish however, as I mentioned before are staging on points and banks off the spawning areas. The Smallmouth are starting to bed on gravel banks and points on the main lake as well as inside the front halves of the creeks and bays. The Crappie are staged to spawn in numbers now and with these water temperatures we should see them in full blown spawn this coming week once the water levels stabilize.

We had a cold front pass through the lakes area last night and the forecast for the weekend is for post frontal conditions. The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 70/low of 46 with sunny skies and wind NE5. Sunday is showing a forecasted high of 75/low of 62 with wind SE9. The forecast through next mid week is for high’s around 70/ low’s in the 50’s with chances of rain each day, especially on Monday. It is that time of year that forecasts can change so one needs to check the latest wind/weather forecasts before venturing out or you may find yourself caught out in one of our spring thunderstorms.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks inside the creeks and bays. More of these fish are showing up on the staging points and banks leading into the spawning areas every day now. The deeper fish are being taken on Alabama Rigs, Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, suspending jerk baits. The closer staging fish off the spawning areas are taking medium running crank baits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs and shakey heads. Some Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays near deeper water with lipless crank baits, shallow running crank baits and chatterbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on shallow main lake gravel points and banks near the channels and on gravel secondary points and banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs. These fish are on a late prespawn/spawn bite now.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures this week have been: Rapala Shad Raps, DT6 and DT10 crankbaits in Demon and Red Craw, Excite and Strike King medium running crankbaits in black/chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King Red Eye Shad and Excaliber One Knocker lipless crankbaits in red or orange with black crawdad patterns as well as chrome sexy shad, Smithwick suspending Rogues in chrome with black back, Rapala X-raps in black/silver, Bag 5 custom painted Mega Bass jerk baits in Blue Glimmer, Lucky Craft Pointers and Bag 5 custom painted Mega Bass jerk baits in Aurora Black, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Charmer shakey head worms as well as Yamamoto senkos on D&L and Slong’s shakey head jigs in green pumpkin.

Crappie: The Crappie bite is being reported as improving with some fish still being taken over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water inside the mouths of the creeks and bays by spider rigging with small jigs dressed with small minnows. The Black Crappie are staging on points and banks in the creeks and bays with wood cover and are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and road runner type baits to the shoreline. There are also some reports of Crappie now being taken around shallow wood cover in the creeks and bays with minnows under bobbers and slow rolled curly tail jigs under bobbers. With the warming water temperatures, the Black Crappie should be spawning actively over the next week and the White Crappie should be staging on the points and banks 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 19 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 Lowrance HDS sonar and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: 8,10, 12, 13
June: 1, 2, 5,12, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30

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 late summer and 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 April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.10 Surface Temperature – 58
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.15 Surface Temperature – 58

Both lakes are 3 feet below summer pool and on a slow rise. Kentucky Dam is generating an outflow of 62,500 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam is generating an outflow of 18,000 cfs this morning. The TVA has the lakes on schedule to rise to summer pool by the end of this month, of course this could change if we receive an unforeseen large 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 . With the lake levels down, everyone needs to be cautious when navigating the lakes. Use the navigation channels unless you know exactly where you are and if you are not sure, idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water.

General Conditions: Kentucky Lake water clarity ranges from clear to slightly stained. Lake Barkley water clarity is stained with some heavy stain in some of the creeks and bays. The water temperatures continue to rise with the warmer weather we have had over the past few days and this rise should continue with the forecasted warm weather over the next week.

We do have a cold front that will pass through the lakes area today and we can expect some possibly severe thunderstorms and high winds with the frontal passage. We will be post frontal on Saturday with sunny skies, a high of 62/low of 38 and wind N7. Temperatures will begin to rebound on Sunday with a forecasted high of 66/low of 52 and winds shifting to the S12. The forecast has us back in the 70’s through next mid week with a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds. Boaters should check the latest forecasts before venturing on the lakes as this is the time of year that we get a lot of thunderstorms and changing weather conditions.

The Largemouth are still on early pre spawn patterns and the Smallmouth are on pre spawn patterns. We should see the Largemouth into full blown prespawn patterns and the Smallmouth on late prespawn and spawning patterns within the next week. The Alabama rig is still producing some good bags of fish as are crank baits, suspending jerk baits and jigs. The Carolina rig and spinner bait are starting to come on now with some of the fish on staging points in the creeks and bays. Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays near deeper water with lipless crank baits, shallow running crank baits and chatterbaits.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on staging ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays, also on main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks inside the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Alabama Rigs, Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, suspending jerk baits, medium running crank baits, spinnerbaits, jigs and shakey heads. Some Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays near deeper water with lipless crank baits, shallow running crank baits and chatterbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake ledges as well as points and banks near the channels on the main lake and on secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits and jigs. The Smallmouth bite has picked up as these fish are feeding up just before they begin spawning.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures this week have been: Rapala Shad Raps, DT6 and DT10 crankbaits in Demon and Red Craw, Excite and Strike King medium running crankbaits in black/chartruese, Strike King Red Eye Shad and Excaliber One Knocker lipless crankbaits in red or orange with black crawdad patterns, Smithwick suspending Rogues in chrome with black back, Big Hammer swim baits in pearl, sexy smelt and bay smelt on Alabama rigs, Rapala X-raps in black/silver, Bag 5 custom painted Mega Bass jerk baits in Blue Glimmer, Lucky Craft Pointers and Bag 5 custom painted Mega Bass jerk baits in Aurora Black, D&L jigs in Cumberland Craw and Oops patterns, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Carolina rigs, Charmer shakey head worms as well as Yamamoto senkos on D&L and Slong’s shakey head jigs in green pumpkin.

Crappie: The Crappie bite is being reported as improving with some fish still being taken over brush piles in 15-20 ft of water inside the mouths of the creeks and bays by spider rigging with small jigs dressed with small minnows. The Black Crappie are staging on points and banks in the creeks and bays with wood cover and are being taken by casting curly tail jigs and road runner type baits to the shoreline. There are also some reports of Crappie now being taken around shallow wood cover in the creeks and bays with minnows under bobbers and slow rolled curly tail jigs under bobbers. With the warming water temperatures, the Black Crappie should be spawning actively over the next 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 19 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 Lowrance HDS sonar and top of the line tackle. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide give me a call or drop me an email.

Available Dates:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: 10, 12, 13, 16, 17
June: 1, 2, 5,12, 16, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30

As you can see, I have only a few spring dates left so book your trip now wile I still have dates available. I am also taking reservations for the remainder of the summer and fall so now is a good time to make those reservations too so that you can get the date(s) you want.

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