Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;11/13/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.91 Surface Temperature - 56
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.05 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool. The Largemouth Bass fishing
has improved some over the past week with more schooling fish being
reported. The Largemouth are still being taken in the creeks and bays on
secondary points and creek channel banks as well as from under schools
of baitfish along open water old creek channels. Largemouth are also
being taken on flats near main lake river and creek channel ledges as
well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. The weather
forecast for Saturday is not good with winds in excess of 20 mph and
temperatures in the low 40's. The forecast for Sunday is for sunshine
and winds less than 10 mph but it will be somewhat cold in the morning
with low's in the high 20's and highs during the day around 50. Early
next week the forecast is for highs in the 50's and lows in high 20's to
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken in the bays on secondary
points and along creek channel banks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits,
suspending jerkbaits, shaky head worms and jigs. Largemouth are being
taken from under schools of baitfish along old creek channels in the
bays by ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits. Largemouth are being
taken on the flats near ledges on the main lake and on flats in the
backs of the creeks and bays on lipless crankbaits, shallow running
crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Some Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary
and secondary points on crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs. At this time I
have not received any reports of any good numbers of Smallmouth being
taken. The reports indicate the fish are scattered.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Strike King spoons
in shad patterns, Strike King red eye shad lipless crankbaits in
blue/chrome and sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in chartreuse/white and
rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom trick worms
on shaky head rigs in green pumpkin and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over brush piles in 8-12 ft of water
along old creek channels by vertically fishing with small jigs and
minnow/jig combinations. The Crappie reports I am receiving indicate
there are some good fish being taken but not in large numbers.
Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken from brush piles in 8-12 ft of water
along old creek channels by fishing vertically with small jigs tipped
with worms. Some good catches of Bluegill are being reported.
Yellow Bass: Very good catches of Yellow Bass are being reported as they
are feeding on schools of shad in the creeks and bays. These fish are
being taken by vertically jigging small spoons and curly tail jigs
around the large schools of baitfish just off the flats in 8-12 ft of
water. Crappie anglers are also reported to be taking large numbers of
Yellow bass in the brush piles they are fishing. Just a note: The Yellow
Bass are feeding so well that they are taking the 5 inch spoons I have
been throwing around the baitfish schools...these fish are feeding hard.
Catfish: I have not received any reports on the Catfish, but we have
been catching a number of nice Channel Catfish will ripping spoons and
lipless crankbaits off the bottom near the big baitfish schools in the
bays in 8-12 ft of water....if we can do that while fishing for bass,
there must be a lot of Catfish feeding on these schools.
FLASH: I thought we had my email problems licked but we are still
experiencing some problems now and then. If you have sent me an email
and I did not answer you within 24 hours, give me a call. I always
answer all my emails within 24 hours unless I am out of town which does
not happen much during the season. I apologize for any inconvenience my
down email may have caused you in trying to reach me.
We still have a few weeks of good fall fishing left here on the lakes.
Now is a great time to be on the lakes as there is very little boat
traffic, the fall tree colors are beautiful and the fish are biting. 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 give me a call or drop me an email. I have the following
openings left for November:
November: 17 thru 28
If you have not yet made your reservations for next year, especially
next spring you should do so very soon. I am booking a number of trips
for next spring so if you wait too long, you may not be able to get the
date(s) you desire.
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"