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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; 1/31/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

 Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.95  Surface Temperature -  39-40

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.00  Surface Temperature - 39-40

 Both lakes are two feet over winter pool.  The water temperatures have dropped about 7 degrees over the past two weeks.  The wind and winter weather has kept most folks off the water this past week.  I received a number of reports on the bass fishing earlier this week from last weekend and the week prior.  Good numbers of Largemouth were still being taken on Kentucky Lake although it appeared most of the fish were moving deeper as the water temperatures were dropping and were being taken on ledges and off deep main lake points.  On some of the warmer days we have been getting between the fronts, some fish are being taken on rocky main lake points and rip rap points just inside the creeks and bays.  Although Smallmouth reports indicate that they are not being taken in good numbers, some nice Smallmouth have been taken on the main lake points near the river channels. 

 Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on ledges and on deep main lake points.  These fish are being taken on blade lures such as the silver buddy and finesse jigs.  Ledges in the 10 ft range dropping into 20 ft seem to be the best producing.  On some of the warmer days just prior to the fronts coming through, some Largemouth are being taken on small crankbaits and finesse jigs on rocky main lake points and rip rap banks just inside the mouths of the creeks and bays. 

 Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points near the river channels on finesse jigs and blade lures such as the silver buddy.

 Some of the productive lures reported over the past two weeks have been:  Silver Buddies in silver and gold, Last Cast finesse jigs in black and green pumpkin, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and Rapala Shadraps in black/silver. 

 Crappie:  The Crappie bite this winter has been reported to be overall good.  Most of these fish are being taken over deep brush piles along the old creek channels near the mouths of the creeks and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on small jigs and minnows fished vertically on ledges falling from 10-20 ft. 

 The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its annual fishing forecast for 2008.  The forecast indicates the following information on bass and crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley:

 Kentucky Lake:  Largemouth Bass -  Excellent with a high density of fish over 15" and an increasing number of fish over 18".   Crappie - Good with a good population of Crappie in the 11-13" range. 

 Lake Barkley:  Largemouth Bass - Excellent with a high number of fish in the 12-20" range.  Crappie - Good with high numbers of fish over in the 10" and over size range.

 You can read the 2008 fishing forecast by visiting the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources web site.

 FLASH:  The Fisherman's Headquarters bait and tackle shop located in Draffenville at the intersection of US 68 and US 641 is now stocking minnows and Crappie fishing tackle.  This is just one of the positive changes that the new owners have implemented.  Bart and Lori, the new owners, are hard at work remodeling this store and from what I have seen they are going to provide the local and visiting anglers with a top notch tackle shop which has been sorely needed on the west side of Ky Lake. 

 FLASH:  If you have not visited The Cabin Bait and Tackle shop located on US 62 just west of Kuttawa recently now is the time to do so.  The good folks there have some great new additions to their already excellent stock of rods, reels, lures and other fishing tackle.  Stop by soon and check out some of their new custom lures and new line of rods.  Ronnie, Rhonda and Aubrey are top notch folks that will provide you with excellent, knowledgeable service in a friendly atmosphere. 

 Can you tell I am happy to now have two great tackle shops serving our lakes area? 

 I would like to thank all the folks that came to the West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show to say hello and listen to my seminars on bass fishing recently. 

 I will be at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show Feb 15-24 to do seminars on bass fishing.  If you are attending the show, please stop by the Hawg Trough in the Tackle Town pavilion.  If you have never attended this show you are missing one of the largest if not the largest outdoor show in the country. 

 The new season will be upon us before we know it.  I have enjoyed my rest this winter but am anxious to get back on the water.  I will start guiding again full time on March 1st. 

 If you are in need of a bass fishing guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to drop me an email or give me a call.  I still have dates available in March, April and May but they are going quick so don't delay too long in contacting me or I will not have any dates available.

 Here are the dates I currently have available for March, April and May:

 March:  3, 6, 9, 15, 23, 31

April:  2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 30

May:  1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 27, 28

 Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"