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Fishing Report dated August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.86 Surface Temperature – 82
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.90 Surface Temperature – 82

Both lakes are two feet below summer pool and on a draw down. Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 60,000 cfs over the past couple of days. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 25,500 over the past couple of days. The TVA website is showing a projected draw down of another foot over the next few days. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions: We have had some beautiful cool fall like days over the past week, even needing a light jacket for those early morning runs on the lakes. The slow bite I reported last week on has continued this week on north Kentucky. The fish have been scattered for the most part and we have taken fish from the ledges to the backs of the creeks and bays but certainly not numbers of fish nor have we encountered any schools of feeding bass. I have received a couple of reports that the bite has improved somewhat on north Barkley and on Kentucky from Blood River south this week but none of these reports indicated a great bite, just a better bite than last week. Boaters need to take heed in the fact the lakes levels are dropping and pay attention to where they are running. If you are not sure of the water depth where you are, you should idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water for running.

The forecast for the weekend and early next week is showing a slight warming period with humidity levels starting to rise again. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 87/low of 65 with wind SE5. Saturday’s forecast is for a high of 89/low of 67 with wind SSW9. Sunday is calling for a high of 89/low of 66 with wind SSW6. The extended forecast into next mid week is calling for daytime high’s in the low 90’s/ night time low’s in the upper 60’s with light winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shaky heads and drop shot rigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake using the same techniques as mentioned above. One can also catch fish on secondary points in the creeks and bays where some bass are feeding on schools of fry . These fish are being taken on finesse jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken around grass beds in the creeks and bays south of Blood River early in the morning on top water lures and senko type baits. Overall the fish the scattered and bite is slow. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake points and points inside the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. The bite on these fish during the day is slow. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs on both gravel and rocky main lake points.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike King Splash baits in white near grass beds, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs , Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy as well as Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.

White Bass: Whites are now being taken by trolling vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish along river channel ledges.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits,night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails during periods of current.

If you are planning a visit to the lakes area, I highly recommend these local businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:
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, Slong’s lures 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.

FLASH: Fisherman’s Headquarters has expanded their line of Slong’s fishing lures, including the football head jigs with the trokar hook that I prefer as well as an ample supply of the Slong’s spinner baits. The Blue Glimmer pattern spinner baits are a must for every tackle box for the up coming fall bite. Stop by and check them out!

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 and Stratos 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 electronics 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:
August: Sorry, I am booked up.
September, October and November: I have a number of dates still available…call or email me now to get the date(s) you want.

Call me or drop me an email to 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 environmental 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 after you find them.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987

“Fish With A Professional”

Fishing Report dated August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.39 Surface Temperature – 83
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.35 Surface Temperature – 84

Both lakes are just inches of being 2 feet below summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average rate of 34,500 cfs over the past 24 hours. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 25,500 cfs 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.

General Conditions: I have been reporting for the past few weeks that the ledge bite has been intermittent although we have managed to take some nice fish but not large numbers of fish. This week I am reporting that not only is the ledge bite intermittent during the morning and early afternoon but the bite is slow…maybe the slowest I have seen it in a long time. We are still managing to get a nice big fish now and then but we have not had a limit of big fish all this week. Folks that follow my fishing report for years know that I tell it like it is and this is the way it has been. All you have to do is talk to the folks that have been out there to get the same feedback. We have not had any current on the lakes all week and the oxygen levels are low. The fish we are getting are still coming on the slower techniques of Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging football head jigs and Texas rigged large worms. On the bright side, I am getting reports of a better late evening and night bite on both lakes. Hopefully we will see this bite turn around as the water temperatures continue to drop but historically, September is one of the tougher months and it is fast approaching.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84/low of 61 with wind E6. The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 86/low of 66 with wind SE4. Sunday is calling for a high of 85/low of 61 with a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind WSW8.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shaky heads and drop shot rigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake as well as on the points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays using the same techniques as mentioned above. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. These fish are being taken on chatter baits, spinner baits and lipless crank baits. These bass are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits as well as finesse jigs. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake points and points inside the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. The bite on these fish during the day is slow. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs on both gravel and rocky main lake points.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs , Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.

White Bass: Whites are now being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crank baits along river channel ledges as well as main lake creek channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish. The reports I receive this week indicate these fish are still being taken but the numbers are down.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits,night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails during periods of current.

If you are planning a visit to the lakes area, I highly recommend these local businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:
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, Slong’s lures 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.

FLASH: Fisherman’s Headquarters has expanded their line of Slong’s fishing lures, including the football head jigs with the trokar hook that I prefer as well as an ample supply of the Slong’s spinner baits. The Blue Glimmer pattern spinner baits are a must for every tackle box for the up coming fall bite. Stop by and check them out!

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 and Stratos 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 electronics 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:

August: 24
September: I have a number of dates still available…call or email me now to get the date(s) you want.

Call me or drop me an email to 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 environmental 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 after you find them.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987

“Fish With A Professional”

Fishing Report dated August 13, 2015

August 13, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.16 Surface Temperature – 85
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.45 Surface Temperature – 86

Both lakes are about 2 feet below summer pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating a peak average flow of just over 55,000 cfs during the late morning and afternoon hours the past couple of days. Barkley Dam has been generating at a little over 14,200 cfs today. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

General Conditions: We have had some nice cooler weather over the past few days with low humidity and high temperatures only in the 80’s. Some north wind put some chop on the water but certainly it has been fishable. The ledge bite continues to be inconsistent but we are managing to take some nice bass, but as I have been reporting for the past month, our numbers of fish on the ledges has been down. The fish we are catching are good ones though with only a short fish now and then. Our most productive techniques continue to be slower techniques of Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging football head jigs and Texas rigged large worms. This seems to be the theme this summer according to the many reports I have been receiving. I have received a number of reports though of many folks struggling to put some fish in the boat. I did receive 2 reports of a good night bite on the main lake on Kentucky on the points. The early morning and late evening top water bite has shifted to more on secondary points in the creeks and bays as the schools of fry are pulling out toward deeper water now.

The forecast for the weekend looks good even though it will be heating up a little with some humidity coming back. Friday’s forecast is showing a high of 88/low of 65 with post frontal wind ENE5. The post frontal conditions continue into the weekend with a high Saturday at 91/low of 67 and wind E4. Sunday is calling for a 40% chance of early morning thunderstorms, a high of 90/low of 69 with wind SSE4. The extended forecast into mid next week is for high’s in the low 90’s and low’s in the lower 70’s with light south quadrant winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shaky heads and drop shot rigs as well as large spoons and large swim baits. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake as well as on the points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays using the same techniques as mentioned above. Largemouth are also being taken early morning and late evening top water lures on the secondary points about half way back in the creeks and bays where bass are feeding on these transitioning schools of fry. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. These fish are being taken on chatter baits, spinner baits and lipless crank baits. We are also now getting some large mayfly hatches and bass along with other fish are feeding on these hatches early in the morning and late in the evening around over hanging trees in the creeks and bays. These bass are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits as well as finesse jigs. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake banks and points on dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs on both gravel and rocky main lake points.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike Splash baits in bone for the shallow top water bite, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs (deep) and Texas rigs (shallow), Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.

White Bass: Whites are now being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crank baits along river channel ledges as well as main lake creek channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits,night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails during periods of current.

If you are planning a visit to the lakes area, I highly recommend these local businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:
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, Slong’s lures 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 electronics 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:
August: 24
September: I have a number of dates still available…call or email me now to get the date(s) you want.

Call me or drop me an email to 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 environmental 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 after you find them.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987

“Fish With A Professional”

Fishing Report dated August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.00 Surface Temperature – 87
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.80 Surface Temperature – 87

Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down in accordance with the TVA River Operating System, both lakes should reach two feet below summer pool by the end of this month barring any unforeseen influx of water. Kentucky Dam has been generating a peak flow of around 53,000 cfs every day this week during late morning and afternoons. Barkley Dam has been generating an average flow of 23,300 cfs around the clock over the past few days. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

General Conditions: I got back on the water after my vacation last week on Monday and this week started off with a bang. On Monday after a short time spent early on some top water bite back shallow, my client and I went to the ledges and my client had a great day catching some really nice large bass. His best 5 fish topped 28 lbs with an 8 lb kicker. Certainly one of those days for the memory book. Overall the ledges are still spotty and patience is key as is fishing slower techniques such as Carolina rigged creature baits, slow dragging football head jigs and Texas rigged large worms. When you find the fish, you just have to stay with them and fish slow. My client mentioned above took 2 limits of very good fish but it took 4 hours of fishing one area of the same ledge. The early morning top water bite back shallow is still there but not quite as productive as it has been over the past month as many of the schools of fry are now transitioning out of the very shallow water in the backs of the creeks and moving toward deeper water. There is some early morning and late evening top water bite now on the secondary points about half way back in the creeks and bays where bass are feeding on these transitioning schools of fry. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. We are also now getting some large mayfly hatches and bass along with other fish are feeding on these hatches early in the morning and late in the evening around over hanging trees in the creeks and bays.

We are still in typical late summer weather patterns with a lot of hot and humid days with a few less humid days mixed in after frontal passages. We are experiencing some nasty scattered thunderstorms with these frontal passages with some locally heavy rains, wind and nasty lightning. Keep an eye on the sky and go to safe harbor when you see any approaching storm. These storms are fast movers so don’t delay very long when you see one to get to safe harbor. The forecast for Friday is calling for a high of 85/low of 67 with post frontal wind NE4. Saturday and Sunday will be heating back up with high’s in the low 90’s/ low’s in the 70’s with light easterly winds. The humidity will be back this weekend so make sure you have plenty of water and sports drinks with you. The extended forecast into next mid week is showing a return to the 80’s by Tuesday with low’s in the 60’s and north quadrant post frontal winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shaky heads and drop shot rigs as well as large spoons and large swim baits. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake as well as on the points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays using the same techniques as mentioned above. Largemouth are also still being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays early and late in the day where they are feeding on schools of spring fry. There is some early morning and late evening top water bite now on the secondary points about half way back in the creeks and bays where bass are feeding on these transitioning schools of fry. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. These fish are being taken on chatter baits, spinner baits and lipless crank baits. We are also now getting some large mayfly hatches and bass along with other fish are feeding on these hatches early in the morning and late in the evening around over hanging trees in the creeks and bays. These bass are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits as well as finesse jigs. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake banks and points on dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs on both gravel and rocky main lake points.

Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike Splash baits in bone for the shallow top water bite, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs (deep) and Texas rigs (shallow), Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.

White Bass: Whites are now being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crank baits along channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits,night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails during periods of current.

If you are planning a visit to the lakes area, I highly recommend these local businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

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, Slong’s lures 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 electronics 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:

August: 24, 25
September: I have a number of dates still available…call or email me now to get the date(s) you want.

Call me or drop me an email to 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 environmental 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 after you find them.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-362-9987

“Fish With A Professional”