May 26, 2017
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.91 Surface Temperature – 75
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.90 Surface Temperature – 75
Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 64,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 49,600 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.
Current Conditions: We still have some bass in the shallow in the spawning areas but most of these fish are buck bass guarding nests but there are a few late spawners there also. Some bass are also being taken in the creeks and bays on post spawn creek channel banks and points too. The ledges are loading up more and more each day now so we are focusing most of our fishing on the ledges both around the mouths of the creeks and bays and on the main lake. We have not seen any large schools of bass on the ledges but we have seen a number of smaller schools of 7-10 fish. A few fish are being taken on reaction baits, most of the fish are being taken on slower techniques right now. Most of our ledge fish were taken around the bottoms of the ledges this week.
The forecast for the holiday weekend is not the greatest but even so expect a lot of boat traffic on the lakes this weekend. Please be courteous to your fellow boaters and anglers and keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms. Some of these storms may be severe so don’t take chances. If you see an approaching storm, find a safe port before it is too late to do so.
The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 85/ night time low of 70 with a 50% chance of thunderstorms with wind SW at 9. Sunday is showing a high of 83/night time low of 62 with a 60% chance of evening thunderstorms with wind WSW at 17. Monday’s forecast is showing a high of 82/night time low of 61 with wind WNW at 8.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken in the shallows around brush as they are guarding nests with topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary points just outside the spawning areas on crank baits, spinner baits, chatter baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, swim baits, spoons, Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits and tube jigs. The numbers are low but some nice fish have been taken. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on ledges (same as above) on crank baits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.
Productive Lures: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King spash baits in white, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill and sexy shad, Strike King XD 6 in Tennessee shad, sexy shad and chartruese sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Kitech swim baits in pro blue, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese, Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum on Texas rigs, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue and watermelon/purple.
Bluegill/Red Ear: Bluegills and Red Ears are being taken around brush shallow as well as on the spawning flats in the creeks and bays in 3-5 ft of water. Crickets, red worms, wax worms under bobbers and red worms and pinched night crawlers fish on bottom on split shot rig is the ticket for these tasty fish. Good numbers of fish are being reported.
Catfish: Channel catfish are being taken on rocky banks and points as well as rocky bottom flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some good numbers of these fish are being reported.
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 Commanche 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.
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of available dates, make your reservation now to get the date(s) you want.
Of course I am taking reservations for the rest of the season also through November. Make your reservations now to get the dates you want.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
“Fish With a Professional”