October 28, 2015
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.10 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.15 Surface Temperature – 65
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 40,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 18,600 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. With the lake levels down, boaters need to be cautious when navigating the lakes. These are big lakes, but they are shallow river lakes. If you are not familiar with the lakes, make sure you use the navigation lanes and if you are not sure of the depths and locations of obstructions where you are, idle your boat until you are in safe water.
General Conditions: We had the remnants of the low pressure center from Hurricane Patricia pass through the area yesterday and it brought us a couple of inches of badly needed rain. This was a soaking rain so there was only a minimal effect on the lake levels. We have another cold front that will pass through the lakes area this evening which will bring some cooler temperatures for Saturday with another chance of some rain. The forecast for Friday is for a high of 63/low of 46 with wind E4. Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 57/low of 53 with a 90% chance of rain and wind SE11. Sunday is calling for a high of 63/low of 53 with a 20% chance of rain and wind NNE7. The extended forecast is through mid next week is showing a warming trend with high’s in the upper 60’s and low 70’s and low temperatures in the 50’s.
The bass bite has remained scattered and slow over all this week as the water temperatures continue to hold in the mid 60’s. We have taken fish from the main lake to the backs of the creeks and bays as has been the story for the past few weeks. Our best bite this week overall was on finesse jigs and shaky heads on secondary points in the creeks and bays but we did manage some fish on reaction baits also on the flats in the creeks and bays. We are still not seeing much for schooling fish but hopefully this will change as the water temperatures drop below present levels.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are 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 and on the flats in the creeks and bays where some bass are feeding on schools of baitfish. These fish are being taken on top water lures, medium running crank baits, lipless crank baits, spinner baits, finesse jigs, tube 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 are scattered and bite is slow.
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 jigs and tube jigs. The bite on these fish has been overall slow.
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer, Bag 5 square bill crank baits in blue glimmer, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted Red Eye Shad lipless crank baits in blue glimmer, Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in bama bug and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern and Cumberland Craw, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in bama bug and watermelon/candy, Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black and Charmer tubes green pumpkin/orange and their newest color – Big Easy- on tube jigs.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over brush piles and sunken stake beds on the main lake flats in 8-12 feet of water as well as over brush piles and sunken stake beds in the creeks and bays in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows. The numbers of keeper fish are not great but there some action being reported on these staging fall fish.
White Bass: Whites are being taken by vertically fishing inline spinners, blade baits and small spoons over schools on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. Schools of smaller Whites and Yellow Bass are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools of small baitfish. These fish can be taken on inline spinners and blade baits.
Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits and yellow tails. Some catfish are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays now as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.
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 and Stratos bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.
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.
November: 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
ELIMINATING WATER CLASS: I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I will also teach a few classes on any open dates I still have in November (see above). These classes are limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8 hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people. These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few years and all the feedback I get is very positive. Here is some examples of that feedback:
**Dave … Harry and I took your “Eliminating Water” class and it has helped both of us like you wouldn’t believe! – J. Harris
**In the past 3 tourney’s I have managed to get a limit on 3 separate lakes. Old Hickory, Barkley, and Barren. Managed a 3rd place finish Sunday on Barkley with a 6lb kicker. I have a lot more confidence when I hit the water now. I no longer pull the old “that bank looks good, lets waste a few hours here”. Thanks Dave – M. King
**Well worth the money – and probably the most valuable thing I have purchased in the terms of fishing. – K. Stephens
**The eliminating water class is without a doubt the best money I’ve spent on fishing in my life. – D. Page
Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:
This class is done in a classroom environment. In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the pattern from day to day, season to season.
Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a system to find your fish as well as make decisions before you get on the water and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler. What I teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing guide when I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you will learn in this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is not specific to just Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says “Go Find Fish”. Sonar units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that, a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping unit allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark “places of interest” or as I call them “looks good” spots to go check out when you get on the water…but finding high percentage spots are not “looks good” spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in the environment that will affect the fish.
Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available!
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
“Fish With A Professional”