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Fishing Report May 26, 2017

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.

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 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.

Available Dates:

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
270-362-9987
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
“Fish With a Professional”

Fishing Report May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 361.07 Surface Temperature – 75
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 361.10 Surface Temperature – 75

Both lakes are 2 feet over summer pool and on a slow draw down. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 73,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 49,000 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.

Current Conditions: We have had a mixture of some windy days and some calmer days over the past week since my last report. As I mentioned in last week’s report, the lakes are on a slow draw down to summer pool levels. The TVA is projecting that we should reach summer pool levels sometime Sunday. We have taken bass from the shallow spawning areas to the ledges over the past week so the “pick a pattern” continues but we are seeing more numbers of bass starting to show up on the ledges this past week, particularly the early ledges. There is still a lot of debris floating on both lakes so you need to use caution when running the lakes and keep a look out for this debris.

The forecast for tomorrow (Friday) is for a high of 82/night time low of 70 with a 50% chance of thunderstorms with wind SSW at 10. The Saturday forecast is showing a high of 86/night time low of 67 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms with wind S at 14. Sunday’s forecast is calling for a post frontal high of 74/night time low of 56 with an 80% chance of morning thunderstorms and wind WNW at 7. The extended forecast into next mid week is calling for high’s in the 70’s and low’s in the 50’s. Keep an eye on the sky this weekend for the thunderstorms, expect high winds near the storms with locally heavy rains and lightning.

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 creek channel ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, spoons, 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 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, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Charmer shakey head jigs and Slong’s shakey head jigs with Charmer shakey head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/pruple and Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin/purple and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue.

Crappie: Most of the Crappie are on post spawn patterns and holding over cover in 10-15 feet of water by trolling small crankbaits or vertically fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations. The are still some Crappie around brush and stake beds in 5-8 ft of water but they are scattered.

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.

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.

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 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.

Available Dates:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: 16, 26, 27, 28
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
270-362-9987
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
“Fish With a Professional”

Fishing Report May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 363.17 Surface Temperature – 74

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 363.25 Surface Temperature – 74

Both lakes are 4 feet over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 76,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 49,000 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: The flooding lakes crested at present levels on Wednesday this week and will begin a slow drawdown today back to summer pool levels. The projection is that this drawdown will be somewhat slow lasting over the next week or so. I mentioned last week that Largemouth were being taken back shallow in the bushes, on secondary staging points and banks in the creeks and bays as well as on early ledges and that basically it was pick your pattern time. This scenario has continued this week as we took fish in all these areas. The water temperatures rose about 8 degrees over the past week with the summer like daytime temperatures we experienced this week. With these water temperatures and the slow draw down now occuring, I expect these patterns will continue but also expect we will start seeing more Largemouth moving to the post spawn areas and ledges as the draw down progresses.

The weather forecast for Saturday is for a high of 75/night time low of 54 with wind NNE 10-15. Sunday’s forecast looks good with a high of 81/ night time low of 58 with wind light and variable. The extended forecast into mid next week is showing daytime high’s in the 80’s, night time low’s in the 60’s with south quadrant winds.

Flash: There is a lot of debris floating on both lakes so you need to be especially careful when running your boat both on the main lakes and in the creeks and bays.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken in the shallows around brush as they are spawning and guarding nests with 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 creek channel ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, 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 Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill and sexy shad, Strike King XD 6 in sexy shad and chartruese sexy shad, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Charmer shakey head jigs and Slong’s shakey head jigs with Charmer shakey head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/pruple and Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin/purple and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue.

Crappie: Most of the Crappie are on post spawn patterns and holding over cover in 10-15 feet of water by trolling small crankbaits or vertically fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations. The are still some Crappie around brush and stake beds in 5-8 ft of water but they are scattered.

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.

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.

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 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.

Available Dates:
May: 15, 16,18, 24
June: 15, 16, 20, 28, 29, 30

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
270-362-9987
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
“Fish With a Professional”

Fishing Report May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.90 Surface Temperature – 66
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.85 Surface Temperature – 66

Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and water levels are rising. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 36,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 21,900 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: In last week’s report I told you that the TVA had pulled the lakes down one foot below summer pool as they anticipated that the heavy rains forecasted for last weekend would possibly put the Ohio and Mississippi rivers into flood stages as they were already reporting some minor flooding down stream from the lakes. Well, the rains did come and southern Illinois and southeast Missouri received constant major rains over the weekend. Because of the rapid rise in the water levels on the Ohio and Mississippi, the TVA pulled lakes down another 2.5 ft right after my last report putting the lakes at 3 ft below summer pool. Earlier this week, the river levels down stream of us continued to rise with some now in major flood status. When this happens, the Corps of Engineers takes control of the outflow on Kentucky and Barkley in order to minimize the flood damage downstream, which they did a couple of days ago. The COE directed the TVA to slow the outflow of the lakes which has in turn caused the lakes to begin to rise again, which is now taking place. The latest projection is that the lakes will be 6 inches over summer pool tomorrow and one and one half feet over summer pool on Sunday. These forecasts are changing every day and we still have not received any indication as to how high the lake water’s may reach before leveling off. One thing is for sure, the water is rising rapidly and conditions will be changing.

When the lakes were drawn down late last week, this pulled the bass that were shallow either spawning or getting ready to spawn back to the staging areas. As mentioned in last week’s report, there were bass on the staging areas, both post spawn and prespawn. The end result of this occurrance of the lakes being pulled down stacked a lot of fish on the staging points and banks. In addition to the fluctuating water levels, we have had lake wind warnings out most days this week. Despite all of these conditions, the bass have been feeding good and lots of fish have been caught by those braving the elements. Another pattern also has developed this past week in that some of the early spawning Largemouth are now starting to show up on the early ledges and some nice fish have also been taken off the ledges this week.

We had two cold fronts come through the area last night bringing us more rain and high winds. The rains have pretty much moved east of the lakes this morning but we have lake wind warnings out today. Tomorrow’s forecast is for a high of 70/night time low of 45 with a 20% chance of rain and wind WNW 15-20. Sunday’s forecast is for a high of 68/night time low of 48 with wind light and variable.

No doubt the rising waters will send some bass back shallow, there will still be post spawn bass on the staging banks and some will be moving to ledges over the next few days. It will be pick your pattern time. It is also time for the shad to spawn, actually I did receive a couple of reports of some shad spawning this past week. No doubt this added to the good numbers of fish being taken.

Largemouth Bass: 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 creek channel ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, 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. I did receive a report of some Smallmouth 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 Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartruese and rootbeer, Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill and sexy shad, Strike King XD 6 in sexy shad and chartruese sexy shad, D&L jigs in “oops” and cumberland craw, Slong’s jigs in cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Charmer shakey head jigs and Slong’s shakey head jigs with Charmer shakey head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/pruple and Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin/purple and watermelon/purple, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue,

Crappie: Most of the Crappie are on post spawn patterns and holding over cover in 10-15 feet of water by trolling small crankbaits or vertically fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig combinations. The are still some Crappie around brush and stake beds in 5-8 ft of water but they are scattered.

Bluegill/Red Ear: Bluegills and Red Ears pulled back off the shallow areas they were in before the draw down but they were biting some this week even so as in 3-5 ft of water on the flats in the backs of creeks as well as in the feeder coves. No doubt these fish will be moving back with the water rising and we should see them bedding in large numbers this coming week. 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.

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.

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 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.

Available Dates:

May: 15, 16, 17,18, 24
June: 15, 16, 20, 28, 29, 30

Of course I am taking reservations for the rest of the season also through November

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