Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;10/23/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.27 Surface Temperature: 66
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.20 Surface Temperature:
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool. We are still in a fall
transition bite here on the lakes for the Largemouth Bass. There are
Largemouth still being taken from the ledges to the backs of the creeks
and bays. I have not observed any appreciable movement of the deeper
shad schools this week toward shallow water. The water temperatures are
dropping however and the forecast is for cooler days and colder nights
which should move the water temperatures downward and I expect to see
more movement of the fish toward shallow water to feed up for the
winter. As I mentioned in my last week's report, I am concentrating on
the ledges and back shallow in the creeks and bays for the Largemouth.
Depending on the weather or mood of the fish, either pattern can be
better than the other on any given day right now. Also as I mentioned in
my last report, patience is the key to success for keeper fish right
now. Once you find the fish, you need to fish them with patience to get
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on a myriad of patterns
as they are still transitioning from late summer patterns to fall
patterns. Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek channel
ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays. The ledge fish are taking
deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.
Largemouth are also being taken on the main lake points, secondary
points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays. These
transitioning fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged
creature baits, spinnerbaits, jigs and shaky head worms. Largemouth are
also being taken in shallow water in the coves in the creeks and bays as
well as on the flats at the backs of the creeks and bays. These fish are
feeding on schools of baitfish and can be taken on topwater lures,
lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.
Smallmouth Bass: The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake
primary and secondary points. I had two reports of Smallmouth being
taken off gravel secondary main lake points this week. The Smallmouth
are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and finesse
jigs. As the water cools we should start seeing more action on the
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy
in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Chatterbuzz
buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot, Norman
crankbaits in rootbeer, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in
sexy shad and blue/chrome, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some
Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin,
Zoom super flukes in white, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and
green pumpkin, Yamamoto and Todali senko in green pumpkin.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing over brush piles
in 8-15 ft of water along old creek channels on the main lake and around
the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on small
tube jigs and jig/minnow combinations.
White Bass: Some White Bass are being taken as they are schooling on the
flats in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of baitfish. These fish
are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into the
feeding fish schools.
Rockfish (stripers)/Hybrids: We have been taking a number of rockfish
and hybrids (wipers) as we are bass fishing on the flats in the creeks
and bays. These feisty fighters are being taken on lipless crankbaits,
spinnerbaits with a few on topwater lures.
Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken on main lake gravel bars and points
in 5-10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with worms.
Attention Tournament Directors: I would like to ask all tournament
directors that are planning tournaments here next season to please list
your tournaments on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
internet site. You can find this schedule at: http://fw.ky.gov/app1/tournamentschedule.aspx
This listing is free of charge and is a provided as a public service. By
listing your tournament on this schedule, you will be letting everyone
know that you will be at that ramp the day of your tournament and this
may prevent some of the confusion of having more than one tournament at
the same ramp on the same day and also improve your image to the other
folks that plan on launching at certain ramps only to find themselves in
the midst of a tournament launching. I myself planned a number of times
this year to launch at Ken Lake, for example, only to find a club
tournament there launching that had not been shown on the KDFW schedule.
This is frustrating to find a tournament launching at a ramp that has
limited parking and they have not taken time to let the public know of
their intentions. For those of you planning open tournaments, this is
also a great way to advertise your tournaments to get more
As mentioned above, we are currently still in the fall transition,
meaning the best of the fall fishing is yet to come. If you are in need
of a guide for some fun fishing, tournament preparation, lake
familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to give me a
call or drop me an email. I have the following dates available in Oct
and November for booking:
Nov: 1,2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 thru 30
For those of you planning a spring trip next year and would like a
booking, you should contact me as soon as you know the date(s) you would
like to get. I am getting a number of bookings for March and April next
spring so don't wait too late or you may not get the date(s) you want.
As I have done for the past couple of years, I am offering a special on
all gift certificates that are purchased before Christmas. You can
purchase a gift certificate to give as a Christmas present or other
special occasion now at 2008 prices and the certificate will be good
until November 30, 2009. If you would like to purchase one of these
certificates, contact me by phone prior to December 25th.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"