Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fishing Report Dated April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.86 Surface Temperature – 68
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.05 Surface Temperature – 69

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 26, 000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 17,800 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 There is some wood debris floating on both lakes from the rise to summer pool so boaters need to keep a sharp out for this debris when running the lakes.

General Conditions: We had a front move through the lakes area yesterday bringing us some nasty storms and locally heavy rains but the weather earlier this week was quite nice with above average temperatures. These warmer days raised the water temperatures to their present levels. I reported last week that the bass bite was slow and scattered and that has been the scenario this past week also. We are still concentrating our efforts on staging banks and points as well as in the shallows around vegatation. There are a number of bass on the beds now but we are still catching numbers of fish that are not showing any signs of having fanned the nests or having dropped their eggs. As I also mentioned last week, bass in the 4lbs plus range have been elusive. I am watching the weigh-in for the FLW Costa series as I write this report and the overall word for the day at that tournament seems to be a “tough” day and the results so far pretty much reflect what I have been seeing in that you have to work to get your limit of keepers right now.

We have another front coming throught lakes area this weekend, bringing with it wind, rain and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could be severe. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 77/low of 60 with a 50% chance of rain showers late in the day and wind ENE 8. Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 81/low of 62 with a 90% chance of thunderstorms wind from the S and SW at 18 with higher gusts. Sunday is showing a high of 76/low of 54 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind WSW 15. The extended forecast through next mid week is calling for high’s in the 70’s/low’s in the 50’s and post frontal north quadrant winds.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays near vegatation on spinner baits, chatter baits, lipless and Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged worms and jigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points and banks as well as gravel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are are on the beds and also on post spawn and are being taken on crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and grubs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures this week have been: Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Zman chatterbaits in white/chartruese, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug, Charmer lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Zoom trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin blue, green pumpkin purple and watermelon purple.

CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8 -10 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Crappie are also being taken over wood cover in 5-7 feet of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays. Some Crappie are being taken by casting curly tail jigs to spawning banks early and late in the day. The Crappie bite has been reported as scattered this week.

Bluegill/Red Ear: Some bluegills and a few red ears are starting to show up in the shallows and are being taken on red worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on small jigs tipped with worms on split shot rigs. These fish have not shown up in numbers yet but this should change over the next week or two.

Catfish: Channel catfish are now being taken on rocky points and banks on night crawlers fished both under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Expect this fishing to just get better over the next week.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING 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, Picasso lures, Bag 5 lures, Pro Tungsten weights, 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.

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 over 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:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates available, make your reservation now to get the dates you want. I am also taking reservations through November.

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

Fishing Report Dated April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.12 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 350.20 Surface Temperature – 66

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at a rate of 13,500 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at a rate of 8,800 cfs this morning. 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 some wood debris floating on both lakes from the rise to summer pool so boaters need to keep a sharp out for this debris when running the lakes.

General Conditions: We have had warm weather this week with most of the week light winds and sunny skies. A front did pass through the area yesterday which brought us a day of soaking rain but the temperatures held up. The water temperatures shot up with this warmer weather, about 5-6 degrees since last week. This quick warm up of the water has moved a lot more bass into the creeks and bays. Some fish started showing up shallow in the spawning areas over the past couple of days and we should expect more each day as the weather forecast is good with no nasty cold fronts in the immediate future. We have been taking most of our fish on the staging banks and points off the spawning areas and they have been scattered for the most part. Lots of reports of folks having a tough bite this week, but I would classify it more of a scattered bite in that the fish have been scattered out as they are moving. We have not had any problems putting a limit or more of keepers in the boat each day although we have not had any numbers of large fish in the 4 lbs plus catagory. We spent yesterday concentrating on the spawning areas and found a number of fish had now arrived there and were eating.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits, lipless and square billed crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged worms and jigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points and banks as well as gravel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are are on the beds and also on post spawn and are being taken on crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and grubs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Strike King red eye shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Spro Little John shallow crankbaits in spring craw and black/chartruese, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Zman chatterbaits in white/chartruese, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug, Charmer lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Zoom trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin blue and watermelon purple.

CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8 -10 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Numbers of Crappie are now staging over wood cover in 5-7 feet of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are moving to the shoreline early and late in the day. These fish are being taken by casting curly tail jigs, roadrunners and with jigs and minnows under bobbers.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING 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, Picasso lures, Bag 5 lures, Pro Tungsten weights, 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.

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 over 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:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates available, make your reservation now to get the dates you want. I am also taking reservations through November.

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

Fishing Report Dated April 16, 2016

April 14, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.01 Surface Temperature – 60
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.10 Surface Temperature – 61

Both lakes are one foot below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 22,300 this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 19,600 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. 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: This week started off with another cold front and water temperatures dropped again down to 57 degrees. But the good news is that the past couple of days have finally given us some warm and stable weather and as you can see from the water temperatures above that water temperatures have recovered nicely and are on the rise. This has the bass moving into prespawn areas by the numbers and also has more bass roaming the shallows. The Crappie have also responded and are now holding on off spawning banks with some numbers moving shallow early and late in the day.

The forecast this week is a great one! We are sitting under a ridge of high pressure for the next week at least and we will continue to have warm days and light winds. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a high of 73/low of 51 with wind ESE at 7. Saturday is showing a high of 75/low of 53 with wind SE at 7. Sunday has a high forecasted of 79/low of 53 with wind SE at 5. Sunny skies are forecasted through the next number of days. The extended forecast through next mid week is showing high’s near 80 or high 70’s/ low’s in the mid 50’s with more east quadrant light wind. It is about time we saw some nice weather after all the prior weeks of cold fronts every other day. If you want to enjoy some spring fishing, now is the time to get on the water!

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake primary points. as well as secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays on spinner baits, chatter baits, lipless and square billed crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points and banks as well as gravel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are bedding and are being taken on crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and grubs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Rapala shadraps in demon, Strike King DT 6 and10 in red crawdad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Strike King red eye shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Spro Little John shallow crankbaits in spring craw and black/chartruese, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug, Charmer lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin.

CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 10-12 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Numbers of Crappie are now staging over wood cover in 5-7 feet of water off spawning banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are moving to the shoreline early and late in the day. These fish are being taken by casting curly tail jigs, roadrunners and with jigs and minnows under bobbers.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING 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, Picasso lures, Bag 5 lures, Pro Tungsten weights, 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.

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 over 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:

April: Sorry, I am booked up.
May: 9, 21
June: 30
July: A number of dates available, make your reservation now to get the dates you want. I am also taking reservations through November.

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

Fishing Report Dated April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.37 Surface Temperature – 59
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.50 Surface Temperature – 59

Both lakes are one and one half foot below summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 61,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 18,000 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.

General Conditions: Well, it has been another week of cold fronts and wind. We are getting cold fronts about every 48 hours it seems and of course this brings with it some cold nights and windy days. The water temperatures have not improved since last week and the TVA has been playing with the lake levels. This time yesterday the lakes were 6 inches higher than they are at this time today. I mentioned in last week’s report we are ahead of schedule on the rise in the lake levels to summer pool and it appears the TVA will be fluctuating the present levels up and down until we get back on schedule with the River Operating System Schedule. According to the TVA River Operating Schedule, we would normally be at winter pool (354) on April 1st and then have a gradual rise over the month to reach summer pool (359) by the end of the month. We can only wait and see how long the TVA will be playing the levels up and down. Of course this fluctuation coupled with all these cold fronts is not doing anything to improve the spotty bass fishing and it is holding off the Crappie from spawning in numbers. It isn’t that we are not catching bass, but with so many patterns

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and on the main lake channel banks. These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits, slow rolled lipless crank baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lake and inside the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays on Alabama rigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, slow rolled crank baits, slow rolled lipless crank baits, suspending jerk baits, jigs and shaky heads. On warm days there are active fish being taken shallow in the creeks and bays on shallow running crank baits, spinner baits and lipless crank baits as a number of fish are roaming the shallows with the water up.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on gravel main lake points and channel banks. Smallmouth are also being taken on gravel secondary channel points and channel banks inside the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are now spawning and can be taken on slow rolled crank baits, tube jigs, grubs and jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Picasso bait ball rigs with Keitech swim baits in pro blue and French pearl as well as Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt, Lucky Craft slender pointer suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu and aurora black, Spro suspending jerk baits table rock shad and Rapala xraps in black/silver , Rapala shadraps in demon and red craw, Strike King DT 6 and10 in red crawdad, Strike King red eye shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, Bill Lewis rattle traps in red crawdad patterns, Spro Little John shallow crankbaits in spring craw and black/chartruese, Strike King 2.5 square bill crankbaits in black/chartreuse, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Slong’s football jig in Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin.

CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8-10 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Crappie are also moving shallow and some are being taken on banks around cover in 4-6 feet of water. The Crappie fishing was reported as slow this week with the wind and fluctuating lake levels but I would expect the Crappie to start moving shallow in large numbers this next week if the water temperatures rise.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING 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, Picasso lures, Bag 5 lures, Pro Tungsten weights, 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.

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 over 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:

April: 19
May: 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 21
June: 28, 29, 30

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

Fishing Report Dated March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.31 Surface Temperature – 59
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.30 Surface Temperature – 59

Both lakes are a little over 2 feet above winter pool and on a slow rise. Kentucky Dam was generating at a rate of 38,588 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at a rate of 28,200 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. 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: The lakes are now on a slow rise to summer pool. We are ahead of schedule on the lake levels as so hopefully the TVA will not drop the levels again but the normal River Operating Schedule is to have the lakes at summer pool by the end of April. We will just have to wait and see if the TVA brings the lakes up to summer pool early or if they pull some water back down to get in line with the normal schedule. We had heavy rains in the lakes area last night and storms again this afternoon. Although I was not on Lake Barkley today, I suspect it will be getting a lot of color to it by this evening if not already. This has been another week of cold fronts but not too severe but it did slow down the rise on the water temperatures I was expecting but we are not far off now from getting more bass in the creeks and also moving the crappie shallow. The bass fishing was spotty this week overall on the north end of Kentucky with some fish being taken from the main lake to the shallows.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 66, low of 40 with wind from the west at 15. Saturday is showing a high of 63, low of 38 and wind west at 17 with higher gusts. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 66/low of 50 wind wind south at 8. I checked 3 different weather sources for the extended forecast into next week and all 3 forecasts were totally different so it is a toss up at this time..but it appears that another front is coming in around mid week with another chance of storms.

I know my fishing report below looks like a broken record from last week but nothing has really changed at this point in time.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake points and on the main lake channel banks.These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits, slow rolled lipless crankbaits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lake and inside the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays on Alabama rigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on Alabama rigs, slow rolled crank baits, slow rolled lipless crankbaits, suspending jerk baits, jigs and shaky heads. On warm days there are active fish being taken shallow in the creeks and bays on shallow running crank baits and lipless crank baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and main lake channel banks. Smallmouth are also being taken on ledges inside the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on secondary channel points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Alabama rigs, suspending jerk baits, slow rolled crank baits and jigs.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Picasso bait ball rigs with Keitech swim baits in pro blue and French pearl as well as Big Hammer swim baits in pearl and sexy smelt, Lucky Craft slender pointer suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu, Spro suspending jerk baits table rock shad and Rapala Xrap suspending jerk baits in clown, Rapala shadraps in demon and original crawdad, Strike King DT 6 and10 in red crawdad, Strike King red eye shad in red craw, Bill Lewis rattle traps in red crawdad patterns, Spro Little John shallow crankbaits in spring craw and black/chartruese, Slong’s football jig in black/blue and Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug.

CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 10-12 ft of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. Crappie are also moving shallow and some are being taken on banks around cover in 4-6 feet of water. The Crappie fishing was reported as slow this week with the wind and fluctuating lake levels but I would expect the Crappie to start moving shallow in large numbers this next week as the water temperatures rise

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON VISITING OUR LAKES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING 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, Picasso lures, Bag 5 lures, Pro Tungsten weights, 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.

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 over 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:
March: Sorry, I am booked up.
April: 21
May: 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 21
June: 28, 29, 30

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