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FISHING REPORT MAY 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.8 Surface Temperature – 80
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.4 Surface Temperature – 80

Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 101,000 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,800 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: Subtropical depression Alberto passed over the lakes area last night through this morning. We received heavy rains most of the night and this morning. Lake levels rose some with all the rain but the TVA has increased the flow rates to compensate for this influx of water. The present TVA forecast is not calling for a significant rise in the water levels but I advise you to check the TVA site for any updates that may arise. I apologize for not publishing a report last week but between guiding everyday and some pressing personal business I had to deal with after getting off the water I had to forego the report.

More fish have shown up on the ledges since my last report two weeks ago. We have taken some nice fish off the ledges for sure but I am also finding that some of the ledges I have fished for many years have been void of fish so far. I did not get out on the water today as Alberto was overhead and between the heavy downpours and high winds it just was not prudent to be on the water. I was on Barkley yesterday and the water conditions were good but I suspect it will be getting a lot of color to it with all the rain we had last night and this morning. I would expect the backs of many of the creeks and bays on Kentucky have dirty water flowing into them also. Our best bite over the past few days out have been on the ledges with some early morning top water bite in the backs of the creeks and bays before the sun gets up over the trees.

It has been hot here for the most part over the past week and the heat and humidity is forecasted to continue through Sunday. Chances for thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow and Friday. Keep an eye on the sky for these storms. They come up quick and have high winds and nasty cloud to ground lightning. We had to cut two trips short last week due to these storms popping up on us in the early afternoon.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and deep main lake points. These fish are being taken with deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, drop shots and swim baits. There are still a number of Largemouth on secondary creek channel points in the creeks and bays although most of these are smaller fish they can provide some fun with an occasional keeper in the mix. These fish can be taken with medium running crank baits, shaky heads, tube jigs and ned rigs.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and swim baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in sexy shad and blue backchartruese, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in mustang, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rig in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worm in plum, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Charmer tubes in blue cat and green pumpkin/orange and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays but reports indicate they are somewhat scattered now. The blue gill are taking crickets under bobbers and the Red Ears are taking red worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers on rocky banks and points.

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 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 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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

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

FISHING REPORT MAY 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.14 Surface Temperature – 77
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.10 Surface Temperature – 77

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 60,500 late this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,200 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: Well it has been another week of hot weather and a lot of flat water days. Last week I reported we had some slow days and a few fair days. This week is a mirror of that same pattern. The Largemouth Bass are still in post spawn transition phase and finding any numbers of keeper plus bass has been tough. One can catch a lot of smaller bass on most days though so at least there is some consistent action even if it is not as good on the bigger bass as we would like to have. To paraphrase a number of the FLW Professionals that came across the weigh-in stage this afternoon…”it is tough out there”. We did manage a few fish on ledges this week but our best action continues to be on primary and secondary post spawn points.

The weather pattern we have been experiencing over the past couple weeks is forecasted to continue through next week. Hot days and scattered thunderstorms. Some of these storms are severe so keep an eye on the sky for an approaching storm and seek a safe port immediately as these storms do contain high winds and lots of lightning. Bring plenty of water or sports drinks to stay hydrated and don’t forget the sun screen.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on medium running crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs shaky heads and ned rigs. A few Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits. Some largemouth are now being taken on early ledges on deep diving crank baits, swim baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The Largemouth are primarily on post spawn transition and numbers of keepers being taken is slow.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits. Some Smallmouth have been taken off ledges but like the Largemouth, the ledges are still spotty.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Strike King XD6 crank baits in sexy shad and blue/chartreuse, Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in shad and bluegill patterns, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worms in plum, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin, Charmer tubes in blue craw, Zman TRD baits on ned rigs in green pumpkin.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are now spawning in the shallows. These bluegills are being taken on red worms fished under bobbers. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with small jigs tipped with worms slowly reeled along the bottom. Good catches are being reported.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are now moving up on shallow rocky banks and points on the main lake to spawn. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers. Good catches 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 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 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

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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

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

FISHING REPORT MAY 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.41 Surface Temperature – 70
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 359.20 Surface Temperature – 70

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 37,500 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at average rate of 29,700 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: Well, we went from late winter conditions one month ago with snow to now summer with record and near record temperatures this week. The little bit of normal spring weather we had was short lived. As I mentioned in last week’s report, we still have some bass spawning and still a few that have not spawned and some on post spawn patterns. We caught bass shallow, deep and in between this week with the bite being slow some slow days and some fair bite days. We had some hot days with blue skies and flat water and some hot days with high winds which kept us from being able to cover much water. We have lake wind warnings out again today so my clients and I made the decision to wait for more favorable conditions. Although there are still some shallow spawning fish and there will still be a few late spawners, I believe most of the bass are now on post spawn banks and points. We did manage to catch a few fish on early ledges this week also and I expect the ledge bite will picking up over the next week or so.

The weekend forecast is calling for record high temperatures in the 90’s with night time low’s in the 70’s. This pattern is forecasted to continue into early next week. Winds are forecasted to be south quadrant. Be sure to check your latest wind forecasts before venturing on the lakes and take plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Prespawn and post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points as well as on flats near the spawning areas in the creeks and bays on lipless crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, vibrating jigs and whacky rigged worms. Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits. Some largemouth are now being taken on early ledges on Texas rigged large worms, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in shad and bluegill patterns, Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are still being reported as scattered with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-15 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. Some Crappie are being taken in 5-10 ft depths over brush piles with small jigs tipped with minnows.

Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are now starting to spawn in the shallows. These bluegills are being taken on red worms fished under bobbers. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with small jigs tipped with worms slowly reeled along the bottom.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are now moving up on shallow rocky banks and points on the main lake to spawn. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished 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 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 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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

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

FISHING REPORT May 3 ,2018

May 3, 2018

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.21 Surface Temperature – 65
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 358.95 Surface Temperature – 65

Both lakes are at summer pool. Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 59,950 cfs this afternoon. Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 67,800 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.

Current Conditions: The lakes were drawn down 2.5 ft since my report last week. Water temperatures increased 4 degrees. We have had sunny blue skies since last Friday until today when some cloud cover and rain moved into the area with an approaching front. We also had lake wind warnings issued here the past 2 days. You can tell it is spring now with the ever changing conditions. Last week I reported the bass bite as good with the water 2.5 ft over pool and heavy cloud cover. This all changed with the water being drawn down and blue bird skies this past week. I would classify the bite this week as fair with all these changes. It is pick your pattern time now with some bass on late prespawn patterns, some bass spawning and some bass now of post spawn. We caught bass that were still yet to spawn this week as well as bass that had already spawned. I did see a number of bass on beds this week also but we did not fish them as I do not like to pull bass off their beds. We took a number of bass on the flats out in front of the brush where they had moved as a result of the dropping water levels. Numbers of bass can be taken right now but keepers in the 2-3 lb range are more scarce than the past few years. It seems when we do get a good keeper it is in the 4 plus pound range. The up side to this is that it is not hard to catch numbers of fish but difficult to catch numbers of good keeper sized bass.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for a high of 79/morning low of 67 with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. Wind is forecast to be 15-20 ranging from SW in the morning to NW in the afternoon with frontal passage. Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 72/morning low of 60 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms with light and variable winds. Sunday’s forecast is calling for a high of 81/morning low of 55 with a 50% chance of afternoon thunderstorms with wind W at 5-10.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Prespawn and post spawn Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points as well as on flats near the spawning areas in the creeks and bays on lipless crank baits, jigs, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, vibrating jigs and whacky rigged worms. Largemouth are also being taken in the flooded brush and wood in the creeks and bays on jigs and Texas and Florida rigged creature baits.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, tube jigs, Texas and Carolina rigged creature baits.

PRODUCTIVE LURES: Rapala DT 10 and DT 6 crank baits in crawdad patterns and shad patterns, Strike King Red Eye Shad in red craw and chrome sexy shad, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong’s jigs in black blue, Slong’s spinner baits in white/chartreuse and vibrating jigs in blue glimmer and white with pearl white swim bait trailer and Charmer 6″ lizards and timber pups in watermelon/red. green pumpkin/blue and green pumpkin.

Crappie: Crappie are still being reported as scattered with most of the fish still being taken in the 10-15 ft range over submerged cover by vertically fishing with minnow rigs and small jigs tipped with Crappie nibbles. These fish are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays with some occasional few fish being taken in shallow water on warmer afternoons on bobbers and minnows and bobbers and jigs.

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 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 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:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: A number of dates still available.

I am also taking reservations also for August, September, October and November.

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