November 25, 2016
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.43 Surface Temperature – 57
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.45 Surface Temperature – 57
Both lakes are a few inches over winter pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,700 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 9,100 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.
Current Conditions: The big cold front that came through the area last weekend finally dropped the water temperatures enough to get the fall feeding patterns going abiet about a month later than normal. It took 39 lbs on 10 fish to win a club classic on the north ends of the lakes last weekend with some other nice bags coming in also. The colder night temperatures have kept the shallow water bite somewhat scattered and slow but the bite on the main lake primary points as well as the secondary creek points and channel banks in the creeks and bays has picked up considerably. These fish are being taken on a number of techniques, but the most productive bite has been on crank baits, spinner baits and Alabama rigs this past week. Jigs, shaky heads and tube jigs have also been producing some fish as well as some scattered suspending jerk bait bite.
The weather forecast for this weekend looks pretty good for some fall fishing with Saturday’s high forecasted to be 55/ night time low of 32 with wind SW at 3. Sunday is also looking good with a forecasted high of 57/night time low of 44 with wind S at 7. Heavy rain is in the forecast for Monday with wind from the SSW at 19.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on primary main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays on square billed and medium running crank baits, Alabama rigs, spinner baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs. Largemouth are being taken on shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and weight less dead sticked Senko type baits.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky secondary creek channel banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on suspending jerk baits, crank baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.
PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Whopper Ploppers in natural shad patterns, Lucky Craft pointers in chartreuse shad, Bandit crank baits rootbeer chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baitss in green gizzard shad, Strike King square billed crank bait in perch, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and “oops” patterns and Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin black and green pumpkin magic.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over brush piles and submerged stake beds in 6 – 12 ft of water in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows and minnow rigs fished vertically. The Crappie bite is reported as fair to good.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken on main lake flats as well as along the ledges on the main lake on inline spinners and minnows fished vertically. Whites are also being taken on medium depth flats in the creek and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry. These fish are being taken with same techniques aforementioned techniques. There are some jumps on both the main lake flats and in the creeks and bays where these fish can be taken by casting inline spinners, blade baits and small topwater lures into the surface feeding schools.
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 and Pro Tungsten weights. 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 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.
FLASH: GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH GUIDED TRIPS AND THE ELIMINATING WATER CLASSES. THESE CERTIFICATES MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO THE BASS ANGLER IN YOUR FAMILY. CALL OR EMAIL TO ORDER A GIFT CERTIFICATE.
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 next month in December. 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:
“How to Eliminate Water”: 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 Ky 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!
Available Guide and Class Dates:
December: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
January and February: Eliminating Water Class only: plenty of dates still available…book now to get the dates you want for the class.
I am also taking reservations for next season. Book now to get the date(s) you want especially for next spring.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
“Fish With a Professional”