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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 - 56

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 low 30's.

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 black/brown patterns.

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
www.kentuckylakeguide.com
dave@kentuckylakeguide.com
270-354-5039

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