Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;10/14/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.95 Surface Temperature - 72
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.05 Surface Temperature -
I apologize to the folks that read this report every week in that I did
not mention in my last report two weeks ago that I would be out of town
last week and thus not writing a report for that week. I decided to
write this week's report a couple of days early in view of all the
tournament anglers coming to town for this week so that they will have
fresh information prior to their tournaments.
Both lakes are 4 ft below summer pool. This reflects a rise of one foot
since my last report two weeks ago, this rise was a result of heavy
rains in the area early last week. The current levels are now back on
the drawdown curve as reflected in the TVA River Operating System normal
levels. Boaters need to cautious when running the lakes as always this
time of year and use the navigation buoys, especially if you are not
familiar with the lakes. If you are in unfamiliar water outside the
navigation buoys you should idle your boat and watch your depth finder
until you are completely sure you are in safe water levels. Many boats
are damaged here this time of year by anglers running aground or
striking underwater objects when they think they are in safe water
depths outside the navigation buoys.
The Largemouth Bass are still in the fall transition with fish being
taken on a myriad of patterns from ledges on the main lake and around
the mouths of the bays, fish being taken on main lake points, fish being
taken on creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the
creeks and bays as well as fish being taken on the main lake flats and
flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. I would expect these patterns
to continue for at least a couple of more weeks as the shad transition
to shallow water more and more as the water temperatures drop.
Just as with the mixture of differing patterns available, tournament
results from the three big team tournaments held here last week had
differing results. Two of the tournaments were two day accumulative
weight tournaments and the other big tournament was a three day event
with the top 50 boaters starting day three of the tournament with zero
weight. One of the two day events it only took about 20 lbs of
cumulative weight over the two days to win the event. The other two day
tournament took 31 lbs of cumulative weight to win over the two days.
The last day of the three day tournament it took 19lbs to win. The event
that only had a 10lb a day average weight to win launched from north
Lake Barkley. The other two day event and the three day event launched
from north Ky Lake.
Here is my take on the Largemouth bite here: As I mentioned in my last
two reports, the bite is indicative of the fall transition period here.
If you can do an average of 15 or 16 lbs a day here in multiple day
tournaments you are in good shape to win or place high in the standings.
After having been out of town for 4 days last week, I have found the
bite to be pretty much the same since my return as it was prior to my
trip. My clients and I are typically putting at least one limit of
keepers in the boat each day and on most days two or more limits. Our
weights on the best 5 fish are ranging from about 13 lbs to 18 lbs each
day depending on the type of trip we are doing (fun or tournament prep)
and the mood of the fish. I consider this a pretty good bite for this
time of year. I know many folks are having a problem putting keeper
sized fish in their boat although they are managing to catch a lot of
smaller fish. Here is my advice to those having problems putting keepers
in the boat. BE PATIENT. The way I look at it is this....the fish on the
ledges will be there on those ledges until their food supply (shad
schools) move shallow. The fish that are already transitioned to shallow
water will be there until the shad move back out deep late in November
or early December. The fish in between these areas are on the move and
hard to pattern. So, I am concentrating where I know the fish are not
moving..ie..ledges and shallow. The key is finding which ledges still
have good fish and which creeks and bays have a number of keeper sized
fish already shallow. Either way, you have to wade thru a lot of short
fish to get your keepers most days...so you have to be patient...find
the fish and work them hard. An example of that would be my trip
today....we fished shallow today and my boat never moved more than 50
feet in any direction after I pulled up on the flat in the back of the
bay we were fishing. We caught a lot of short fish today but we also
managed 10 keepers with the best 5 going around 14lbs. The bite is
sporadic...you just have to wait out the fish....patience is the key to
being successful during the transition.
Largemouth Bass: The Largemouth Bass are being taken on creek channel
ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.
These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged
creature baits. Personally my best bite has been on a Carolina rigged
small creature bait. Largemouth are being taken on main lake points,
creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and
bays on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky
head worms, tube jigs and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on the
shallow flats on the main lake and on the shallow flats in the creeks
and bays. These shallow water fish are being taken on topwater lures,
spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and dead stick worms.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the
day on main lake primary and secondary points on crankbaits, tube jigs
and jigs with some occasional topwater lures on schooling fish. Some
Smallmouth are also reportedly being taken on the main lake flats early
and late in the day on topwater lures and small jerk baits. The daytime
Smallmouth bite is being reported as slow. I have had some few reports
of good Smallmouth still being taken at night on large spinnerbaits,
jigs and tube jigs so it seems the Smallmouth are still mainly on a
night feeding pattern. I would expect the Smallmouth to start feeding
more in the day as the water temperatures drop into the low 60's.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy
in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G-splash in ghost pearl lemon,
Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Strike King fat free shad crankbaits in
shad patterns, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer chartreuse,
Norman crankbaits in rootbeer, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad,
Lewis rattletraps in blue chrome and black chrome and Strike King red
eye shad lipless crankbaits in blue/chrome and sexy shad, Hook Some Bass
spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Charmer timber pups
in green pumpkin, Yamamoto senko, Todali Tackle senko and Ozark Tackle
stikm ( all three in green pumpkin), Hook Some Bass tubes in green
pumpkin and smoke/purple.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken on old creek channels on the main lake
and on creek channels around the mouths of the bays by vertically
fishing with small tube jigs and tube jig/minnow combinations. These
fish are being taken in 8-15 ft of water over brush piles. Some nice
Crappie are being reported but not in large numbers yet...I have
received a number of reports of numbers of smaller Crappie being taken.
White Bass: Although I have not received any reports from the White Bass
anglers, I am seeing many large jumps in some of the LBL side bays back
on the flats. Some of these jumps are smaller fish but I have seen a
number of jumps of good sized White Bass also.
Catfish: Catfish are being taken on the old river channels on bottom
bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail and large minnows. I am also seeing
a lot of jug anglers around the mouths of the creeks and bays but have
not had any reports on how they are doing but with the numbers I am
seeing I would suspect they are catching fish.
Bluegill: Bluegill are reported to be good on main lake points and main
lake gravel bars in 5-10 ft of water fishing with small jigs tipped with
Product Review: A couple of weeks ago I was given a pocket fishing tool
that was introduced at the I-Cast show this past July. This tool is a
combination tool the size of a pair of large toenail clippers. Since I
always carry a pair of toenail clippers in my pocket for cutting line
this new tool caught my eye. This tool has very sharp heavy duty cutting
jaws and will easily clip braided line as well as other lines, the tool
has a device for cleaning paint out of jig eyes and a crankbait tuner as
well as a fold up knife blade. What really caught my eye was that the
tool has a replaceable grooved sharpening stone for quick hook
sharpening. All this and it is pretty much the same size as the toenail
clippers I always carry anyway. After using this tool for a couple of
weeks I can honestly say that I really like it and it has now replaced
the clippers I normally carry. The name of this tool is the 2HANDEE
Anglers Utility Tool. You can see this tool at www.2handee.com . You can
also purchase this tool here in the lakes area at Fisherman's
Headquarters located at the U.S. 68 and U.S. 641 triangle in
Draffenville and The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west
of Kuttawa. Speaking of these two stores, you can also find the lures
mentioned in my report as well as all your bass fishing needs at either
of these great tackle shops.
If you are in need of a bass guide for some just for fun bass fishing,
tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction
don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email. Some of the best
bass fishing of the season is in late October and the month of November.
I have the following dates available in Oct and November:
Nov: I have plenty of dates available during the last three weeks of
November...give me a call.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"