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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: 67

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 your keepers.

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 Smallmouth.

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: 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 participation.

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:

Oct: 31
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"