• Fishing Report For Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

    Bass Buster Guide Service
    (270) 362-9987 http://www.kentuckylakeguide.com dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
  • "Specializing in Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Familiarization, Tournament Preparation, and Technique Instruction"

  • Fishing Report For Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

    *November 1, 2017*

    *Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.75 Surface Temperature
    - 60*
    *Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.65 Surface Temperature -
    60*

    *Both lakes are about one half foot above winter pool. Kentucky Dam was
    generating at an average rate of 45,700 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was
    generating at an 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: *We have had some cold below average temperatures
    over the past week and this has dropped the water temperatures about 5
    degrees since last week's report. This is a good thing in that it puts us
    more in line with water temperatures we would expect to have to get the
    fall bite going, but we are still finding the bite slow and scattered on
    the north end of both lakes. This is probably due to the rapid drop in the
    water temperatures. A large two day tournament out of Kentucky Dam this
    past weekend was won with about 22lbs. This is an average of 11 lbs per
    day. A smaller one day tournament of 26 boats was won with 3 fish with
    only 6 boats weighing a fish.

    The better bite is still being reported on the south end of the lakes. The
    FLW Costa Series National Championship will be launching out of Paris, Tn
    tomorrow. Reports indicate that most of those folks are practicing south
    of Paris in search of a better bite. It will be interesting to see how
    these folks do overall as there will be some of the best professional
    anglers in the country fishing this tournament.

    We have a warm front setting up just south of the lakes today and this is
    going to bring us warmer temperatures through the weekend. Forecasted high
    temperatures in the 70s and lows in the low 60's are forecasted starting
    tomorrow though the weekend with chances of rain and scattered
    thunderstorms each day. This forecast has been changing almost hourly for
    the past day or so. Anglers should check the latest forecast before
    venturing on the water as this type of warm up this time of year can bring
    some nasty storms and south winds.

    *Largemouth Bass: *Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and
    channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium
    running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky
    heads and tube jigs. A few Largemouth are being taken in shallow cuts on
    the main lake as well as on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top
    water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type baits near isolated wood
    cover. The bite is overall slow and scattered.

    *Smallmouth Bass: *Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points
    and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being
    taken on shaky heads and tube jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken
    around submerged crappie beds in the creeks and bays on shaky heads and ned
    rigs. The bite is overall slow and scattered.

    *Crappie: *I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged
    brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by
    vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows. The
    reports indicate numbers of small fish are being taken with some occasional
    nice fish.

    *Productive Lures:* Some of the productive lures reported this week are
    Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King
    spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy
    shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium
    running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Slong's spinner baits in blue
    glimmer, D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in
    Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer timber pups on Texas rigs and
    Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy's
    in blue craw and green pumpkin on shaky heads and Charmer tubes rigged
    stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.



    *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 <(270)%20527-5938>.

    *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 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.

    *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 November. 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 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 madecisions 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 Dates:*


    *November: A number of dates available. Call or email to book a date for
    the fall fishing. I am also now booking dates for next year. Book now to
    get the dates(s) you want.*


    *Captain Dave Stewart*
    *Bass Buster Guide Service*
    *www.kentuckylakeguide.com <http://www.kentuckylakeguide.com> *
    *dave@kentuckylakeguide.com <dave@kentuckylakeguide.com>*
    *270-362-9987 <(270)%20362-9987>*
    *"Fish With A Professional"*
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