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Fishing Report December 9, 2016

December 8, 2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.95 Surface Temperature – 51
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.00 Surface Temperature – 51

Both lakes are one foot above winter pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of just over 45,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of just over 18,000 cfs this morning. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at

Current Conditions: I did not publish a report last week as I was in Florida enjoying a week of quality time with my grand kids and that is one of the few things that takes preference over my being on the water chasing the bass. I did however receive a lot of reports from folks last week and this week that were out there on the lakes taking advantage of the late fall bite. Although none of the reports indicated big numbers of fish being taken, the reports did indicate that bass were feeding and most people were getting at least a limit. The most productive techniques being reported are suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs fished on main lake points and channel swings as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. Largemouth and Smallmouth both have been taken on these techniques as these fish are feeding up for the on coming winter.

The bad news is that winter is coming quick with dropping temperatures in the forecast with some less than favorable fishing conditions. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 34/night time low of 22 with wind NW at 5. Saturday’s forecast is for a high of 39/night time low if 31 with wind SE at 5. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 39/night time low of 37 with an 80% chance of rain with wind S at 8. There is a slight warm up forecasted for Monday and Tuesday with high’s in the upper 40’s but rain is forecasted also each day. The next Arctic front is coming in at mid week with forecasted a forecasted high of 28 on Wednesday with a chance of snow showers.

With the nasty forecast for the next number of days, my clients that I have booked for the weekend and next week are going to just reschedule our planned trips to next spring. This will be my last weekly report for this winter unless I have what I consider to be enough reliable information to publish an accurate report. If you are planning to be out on the lakes this winter, feel free to contact me and I will give you the latest information that I have on hand that might point you in the right direction. I will be, as I do each winter be offering my Eliminating Water Class. You can see information about this class at the end of this report.

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

FLASH: Fisherman’s Headquarters is having a Christmas Sale Extravaganza now through December 23rd. Here are some of the great deals to be had: 20% off rods and reels, 15% off Gill merchandise, 25% off Charmer Baits, 20% off all tackle purchases over $50 (before taxes), 20% off all in stock sunglasses and 20% off all in stock apparel. *

*Discounts not to be combined with any other offers or discounts.

There are some great savings to be had with this sale….stock up now for next season! Gift Cards are also available at the store and make great Christmas gifts!

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.

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 this 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 Class Dates:

December: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
January and February: 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. Some prime dates are already being booked…don’t wait too long to book your trip or you may not get the date(s) you want!

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
“Fish With a Professional”