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Fishing Report dated May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 360.05 Surface Temperature – 73
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 360.35 Surface Temperature – 72

Both lakes are one foot above summer pool and on a slow draw down after having reached 1.5 feet above summer pool this past week. Kentucky Dam was generating an outflow as high as 70,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generataing an average of 15,800 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.

General Conditions: High winds were the norm for this past holiday weekend but things have settled down over the past couple of days except for an occassional afternoon thunderstorm. The high winds ran us off the ledges earlier this week so we went shallow and as indicated in my last report there is still a shallow water pattern where we took a number of bass guarding nests and also feeding on fry and nesting Bluegills. We were able to get back on the ledges the past couple of days and what I have noticed is more bass and baitfish are showing up each day as the summer ledge pattern develops. We still are finding that the bass are favoring slow techniques over reaction baits. The TVA started moving more water through the dam yesterday and we now have some current so I am noticing more fish positioning in the current breaks on the main lake ledges.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84/low of 68 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms and wind S7. Saturday’s forecast is indicating a high of 80/low of 65 with a 60% chance of thunderstorms and wind SSW9 as another cool front approaches. Sunday is showing post frontal conditions with a high of 75/low of 62 with a 30% chance of thunderstorms and wind N8. The extended forecast into next week is showing a warm up back in the 80’s with low’s of 60’s and chances of thunderstorms each day. Boaters need to keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms this time of year, especially during the afternoon hours. Don’t wait too late to find shelter when you spot storms approaching. These early summer storms bring a lot of lightning and localized high winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. The slower techniques have been our best producers this week. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater lures.
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Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD6 in chartreuse sexy shad, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slong’s football head jigs in mustang with Net Baits Paca Punch trailers in green pumpkin, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black.

Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.

Bluegill/Red Ears: The Bluegills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow although a litte finicky this past week with the water fluctuations. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 3-5 feet of water near vegatation. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 4-7 feet of water. We should see the second spawn on these fish next week with the full moon.

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, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits and All Pro Rods. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or 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 20 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:
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: Plenty of weekday dates available…call or email to make your reservation now!

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 electronics 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. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply looking at your electronics….it takes knowledge to find and fish the best ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish afer you find them.

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

Fishing Report dated May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.81 Surface Temperature – 72
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.85 Surface Temperature – 72

Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating an average of 25,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating an average of 16,000 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.

FLASH: Please have fun this weekend but also please remember to take some time to pause and give thanks to all those that have given their all so that we may enjoy the great freedoms that we are blessed with here in this great country.

General Conditions: Runoff from the heavy rains last weekend raised the lake levels about one foot earlier this week. We have been post frontal for most of the this week with some cooler temperatures and north winds. Overall the ledge bite has been good this past week for the Largemouth which is where we concentrated our efforts. The better bite was coming on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging heavy football head jigs. We had some very nice fish this week up to 7lbs as the ledge bite is developing nicely. This will be a very busy weekend on the lakes with lots of boat traffic as the unofficial summer boating season begins. Please be careful and drive your boat defensively and be courteous to other boaters and anglers.

The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks pretty good although some possibility of some thunderstorms is in the picture. The forecast for tomorrow is a high of 77/ low of 55 with wind NNW3. Saturday is showing a high of 78/low of 61 with wind ESE6. Warmer weather returns Sunday with a forecasted high of 85/low of 67 with a 50% chance of evening thunderstorms and wind SSE10. The extended forecast through next week is showing high’s in the 80’s with low’s in the 60’s with a chance of thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater lures.
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Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD6 in chartreuse sexy shad, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slong’s football head jigs in mustang with Net Baits Paca Punch trailers in green pumpkin, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black.

Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.

Bluegill/Red Ears: The Bluegills and Red Ears are still bedding. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 3-5 feet of water near vegatation. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 4-7 feet of water.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440.
Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits and All Pro Rods. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or 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 20 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:
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: Plenty of weekday dates available…call or email to make your reservation now!

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 May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.91 Surface Temperature – 73
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.95 Surface Temperature – 73

Both lakes are at summer pool and stable. Kentucky Dam was generating between 13,000 – 20,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam was generating at 9,800 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 .

General Conditions: We have been post frontal for most of this past week with some north and easterly winds. The lakes are clear and stable. We still have a myriad of patterns producing Largemouth from shallow bedding areas to the early ledges. Bluegill and Red Ears are bedding as are the Channel Catfish. We concentrated our bass fishing this week on the early ledges in the creeks and bays and on the main lake near the mouths of the creeks and bays. We took most of our bass on slow techniques this week with the post frontal conditions. We did not see much in the realm of feeding schools of post spawners this week but I expect this will start any day as more larger schools of shad move to deeper water areas for the summer.

The weather is changing for this weekend with the next approaching front. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86/ low of 67 with a 60% chance of evening thunderstorms and wind forecasted SSW12. Saturday is showing a high of 79/ low of 69 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind S9. Sunday is showing a high of 86/ low of 69 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind S12. This pattern continues on Monday with a high of 80/ low of 58 with a 60% chance of thunderstorms and wind SW7. The next front is forecasted to come through late Monday and the forecast for next week is again post frontal with high’s in the 70’s/ low’s in the 50’s and north quadrant winds. Everyone needs to keep an eye on the sky for the next few days for pop up thunderstorms and be prepared to go to safe port as necessary.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater lures.
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Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Charmer Timber Pups and lizards in green pumpkin, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slong’s football head jigs in mustang with Net Baits Paca Punch trailers in green pumpkin, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black.

Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.

Bluegill/Red Ears: The Bluegills and Red Ears are bedding. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 2-4 feet of water near vegatation. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 3-6 feet of water.
If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440.
Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits and All Pro Rods. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or 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 20 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:
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: 3,5 (these dates came open due to late cancellations. This is prime ledge time so call or email for one of these dates!
July: Plenty of weekday dates available…call or email to make your reservation now!

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 May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.47 Surface Temperature – 69
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.55 Surface Temperature – 67

Both lakes are one half foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating an average of 29,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average of 7,900 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 . There is still some debris floating on both lakes but more so on Lake Barkley.

General Conditions: The week since my last report started out with the fish still scattered and slower bite but has picked up over the past few days with the lake leveling off and unseasonably high temperatures raised the creek and bay temperatures during the day into the 70’s. Some fish started showing up on the early ledges over the past few days but we still have fish on the beds and we are still taking fish on main lake points, secondary points and lead in channel banks. We are catching fish on the seconday points and lead in banks off the spawning areas that are both post spawn and prespawn still with eggs in the females. The big draw down we experienced two weeks ago and the nasty cold front has giving us a blevy of pattterns to fish right now. You can catch them in the bushes and on the ledges and places in between right now. The bass that spawned out before the draw down however are moving to ledges and the ledge bite is only going to get better over the next week or so as these fish feed up after the spawn.

The unseasonably high temperatures we have had this week are forecasted to continue through the weekend into early next week as the next front approaches. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86/low of 66 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind SSW14. Saturday’s forecast is showing a forecasted high of 85/low of 66 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind SSW14. Sunday is showing a high of 90/low of 67 with a 20% chance of rain and wind S11. Monday’s forecast is calling for a high of 81/low of 59 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind SSW10 with a frontal passage. The extended forecast into next week is calling for post frontal conditions with a return to more seasonable temperatures with highs in the 70’s/lows in the 50’s and north quadrant winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater bite is being reported.
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Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shakey heads.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Charmer Timber Pups and lizards in green pumpkin, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black, Slong’s spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, Slong’s football head jigs in mustang with same trailers as above, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin.

Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flatsin the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.

Bluegill/Red Ears: I mentioned in last week’s report that I expected the Red Ears and Bluegills to start bedding this week with the full moon if the water stablized. That is exactly what has happened and the panfish anglers are having a great time this week on these fiesty fighters. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 2-4 feet of water. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 3-5 feet of water.

If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440.

FLASH: The Cabin Bait and Tackle will be having a “Meet and Greet” on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come meet and greet the new owners of The Cabin Bait and Tackle, Tom and Melissa Sandefur. There will be free hotdogs and hamburgers as well as store specials. There will be raffle tickets available with winners drawn at 3:00 p.m for rods, reels, gun and a collectable picture. Don’t miss this chance to welcome Tom and Melissa and come have a good time!

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville “Y”. FHQ stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a “bait and tackle” store, Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true “pro shop”, offering advice, training and special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits and All Pro Rods. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you covered! Stop by and visit or 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:
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: 5, 24, 29
July: Plenty of weekday dates available…call or email to make your reservation now!

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 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.08 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.25 Surface Temperature – 64

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was had closed the gates and was now generating at 64,500 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam had closed the gates and was generating at 21,200 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 . Both lakes are clear. There is some debris floating on both lakes but more on Barkley than Kentucky from the drawdown this past few days.

General Conditions: What a week. Late last week the bass were moving in shallow and the late prespawn bite was on with the lakes reaching levels of almost 3 feet over summer pool. We had a nasty cold front come through the lakes area last Saturday night and we have dealt with below normal temperatures and north winds since. This dropped the water temperatures, especially in the shallows in the creeks and bays. If that was not enough, the TVA pulled the plug on the lakes and dropped the lake levels almost 3 feet over the past 4 days. Of course the vast majority of the fish that were shallow as well as the bait fish pulled back out and are somewhat scattered. For the past 4 days we have been concentrating on the staging creek channel banks and associated points off the spawning areas and fishing slow to put some fish in the boat. Our best producers this week has been Carolina rigs, jigs and shakey heads in these areas. I have received a few reports of some folks getting some on deep diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits but this has not worked well for us.

The good news is that the lakes reached summer pool again today and the TVA has shut the gates and the lakes are stable and forecasted to remain so over the next few days. The weather forecast is looking good with no major cold fronts in the immediate future. Tomorrow is forecasted with a high of 71, low of 47 with wind N7. Saturday’s high is forecasted to be 77 with a low of 52 and wind WSW3. Sunday shows a high of 80 with a low of 57 and wind S7. With the lakes now stable and the warming trend, we should start seeing some of the bass moving back shallow again to spawn so over the next few days you need to check the spawning areas for returning fish and if they are not there, move out to the staging areas.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and channel banks inside the creeks and bays leading into the spawning areas. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shakey heads. There are a few of these fish post spawn but most are still prespawn fish that pulled out of the shallows with the lakes being drawn down. The bite over the past few days has been slow and scattered but should get better with the stable water conditions and warming forecast.
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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 and creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures this week have been: Charmer Timber Pups on Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, Yamamoto Senkos on shakey heads in green pumpkin and Slong’s football head jigs Mustang and variations of brown and black with Net Baits Baby Paca Craw trailers.
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Crappie: The Crappie anglers were struggling this week with the fast drawdown. Reports indicate that what fish are being taken are being taken over brush piles by spider rigging jig/minnow combinations in 15-20 ft of water. Reports also indicate that it is one or two fish here and one or two fish there.

Catfish: The Channel Catfish bite that was doing well on rocky banks and points on the main lake and in the creeks suffered from the drawdown also but I observed and have reports of some still being taken with night crawlers under bobbers in these areas. I would expect this bite to pick up again now that that the water has stabilized and will be warming.

Bluegill/Red Ears: These fish are certainly in the creeks and bays and some were being taken back shallow just before the draw down but the draw down pulled these fish out deeper also. The reports I have indicate that the Bluegills, although scattered are being taken on rocky secondary points and banks just off the spawning flats with crickets and worms under bobbers. I have spoken to a number of folks fishing for Red Ears and they are all telling me they are catching some on gravel bars in 8-10 ft of water by dragging split shot rigs with worms but they are scattered. Again, we should start seeing numbers of both these species moving up to the shallow to start bedding next week and these should only get better over the next couple of weeks.

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”