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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; 1/11/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.55  Surface Temperature - 46

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.65  Surface Temperature- 47


Both lakes are 2.5 ft above winter pool.  We have been experiencing above average temperatures here in the lakes area lately with some really windy days and some storms but we have also had some very nice days in between with calmer winds and warm days.  The forecast for tomorrow looks good for a nice day on the water but it appears we will return to more seasonal temperatures for the coming week.  As mentioned in my last report, I will only be writing a report during the months of January and February when I have received enough information to write what I feel is a valid report.  Over the past week or so I have received some good reports so I thought it was time to pass these along.

 Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:  Both species are being taken on main lake points.  The more productive points have been those gravel points on the east side of Ky Lake and rip rap points on the west side of the lake that are facing the sun.  These fish are being taken on small suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and finesse jigs.  Some of the productive lures have been Lucky Craft pointers and staycees in shad patterns, Rapala shadraps in black/silver and crawdad, Eakins and Last Cast finesse jigs in black/brown and peanut butter jelly.  It seems overall that the jigs are getting more numbers of fish but the suspending jerkbaits are getting more big fish. 

 Crappie:  Crappie are being taken on old creek channels over brush piles in 16-20 ft of water by spider rigging small minnows and jigs.  Some Crappie are being taken shallow by fishing with small minnows and small jigs under bobbers over brush piles off the same points as the bass are being taken.  One bass angler that I talked to today said he was even catching some big Crappie fishing the points with the small jerkbaits for bass.

 Sauger:  Sauger are being taken around the mouths of the bays where the old creek channels meet the old river channel in 20-30 ft of water.  These fish are being taken on curly tail jigs tipped with a minnow.

 Jet-A-Marina in Calvert City will be holding its annual Open House on Saturday, January 12.  They will open the doors at 8:00 a.m. They have a number of top professionals that will be there to do seminars and answer questions including Luke Clausen, Dan Morehead, Terry Bolton and Ramie Colson.  Wilson "The Professor" Frazier, the country's foremost expert on Lowrance Electronics and Sonar instruction will be appearing also. 

 The Western Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show will be held at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray January 18-20.  Scheduled seminar speakers for the show will be Patrick Hahs:  Sidescan Sonar Technology, Jack Devor: New Readear Fishing Techniques, Jerry Maupin:  Crappie Fishing, Paul Rister:  Biology Behind Fishery Management Decisions and me, Dave Stewart:  Finesse Techniques for Bass.  You can see more information about the show and a list of seminar times at .  One of the new vendor additions this year will be The Cabin Bait and Tackle.  I am sure they will have a great selection of bass fishing lures and equipment with them at the show.  I would like to invite you to come by and say hello to me and the other seminar speakers.  As a note, I will also be around the Cabin Bait and Tackle on and off during the show and would be happy to talk bass fishing and share information about bass fishing our great lakes. 

I would like to announce that the Fisherman's Headquarters Tackle Shop located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle is under new ownership and management.  Bart and Lori Schutz are the new owners and operators of the store.  I have known Bart for a number of years now and I am confident that this store is destined to be one of the best in the lakes area.  The store is currently open but will be going thru some renovations over the next month or so as Bart and Lori get the store reorganized and ready for the coming season.  Stop by and say hello to Bart and Lori and welcome them to the lakes community.  I am sure you will find a friendly and helpful atmosphere as well as a professional stock of reasonably priced lures and equipment. 

 If you have not already made your reservations for guides and lodging for the coming season you really need to do so soon, especially if you are planning a spring trip.  I still have some dates available in March, April and May but they are getting fewer.  If you are in need of a bass guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction, don't hesitate to call me or drop me an email soon. 


Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"