Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;11/20/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.53 Surface Temperature - 51
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.65 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are less than one foot over winter pool. Ol man winter showed
up in the lakes area this week in the form of arctic cold frontal
systems and it has been cold and windy. Night time lows have been in the
low to mid 20's this week. Tomorrow the high temperature will not get
out of the 30's. But there is hope in the forecast. The high's over the
weekend and next week are forecasted to be in the 50's and low's in the
30's. There has been little activity on the lakes this week with the
cold weather but some souls have braved the cold and are catching some
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary
points, secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the
creeks and bays. These fish are feeding on schools of shad and are
taking crankbaits, spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits and shaky head
worms. Largemouth are being taken in open water over old creek creek
channels where they are feeding on schools of shad. These fish are being
taken by ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits. Some Largemouth are
still being taken on the shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and
bays and on the main lake. These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits
and lipless crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Some nice Smallmouth have been reported but not in
numbers. These reports indicate a scattered bite of single fish being
taken on main lake primary and secondary points using crankbaits,
suspending jerkbaits and tube jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Rapala DT series
crankbaits in black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse,
Rapala X-raps in black/silver, Lucky Craft pointer in aurora black and
chartreuse shad, Strike King red eye shad in blue/chrome and sexy shad
and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over brush piles along old creek
channels in 8-15 ft of water. These fish are being taken by fishing
vertically with small tube jigs and minnow/jig combinations. The Crappie
bite is reported as scattered.
Bluegill/Yellow Bass: Good catches of Bluegill and Yellow Bass are being
reported in the same brushpiles the Crappie anglers are fishing in 8-15
ft of water. These fish are being taken by fishing with small jigs
baited with worms. Good numbers of Yellow Bass are also being taken
under the schools of shad in the creeks and bays by vertically jigging
spoons and small curly tail jigs.
FLASH: As many folks know, I do a some pure teaching type bass fishing
trips during the year. These include ledge fishing, lake familiarization
etc. One thing all these trips have in common is that I teach a class as
a part of these trips. The class I teach is How to Eliminate Water. I
have had a number of folks take this class over the past few years in
conjunction with these teaching trips and the word of mouth
advertisement from these folks has made this class very popular. I have
had a number of requests recently to teach this class this winter
without the on the water portion of the trips. I will agree with folks
that the classroom portion is definitely the most important part of the
trips because in the class you learn how to eliminate water and find
bass. This is the basics of successful bass fishing and I have found
that many bass anglers really struggle to do this consistently or in
some cases not at all.
I have decided that I will offer this class to anyone desiring to take
it this winter beginning now thru the end of February next year. The
classes will be limited to one or two people and will be held here at my
home just outside Benton near the lakes. The price for this class will
be 150.00 (covers one or two people). The classes will last 5 hours and
normally will be given during the day, but we can arrange an evening
class if needed.
What you will learn in the class:
How to Eliminate 80% of the water before you ever leave the house (trip
preplanning) using a topographical map **
How to locate the highest percentage spots to be holding bass anytime of
How to make adjustments on the water when the weather/water conditions
Tips on lures, techniques, alternate patterns **
Questions and Answers: A chance to go one on one with me to answer your
questions about these lakes, bass etc....
** This information can be applied to any lake with a shad forage base.
If you are interested in taking this class, contact me via email or
phone to book your class date or make further inquiry.
If you have not yet made your reservations for next season, especially
next spring you need to do so soon. I am getting a number of spring
bookings now so if you want the best chance at getting the date(s) you
desire, contact me now. I will be guiding until the end of November,
then will be shutting down for the winter. I will start guiding again on
March 1, 2009. I have the following dates left available for November:
Nov: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"