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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;2/20/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.94 Surface Temperature - 46
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.10 Surface Temperature - 46

Both lakes are one foot over winter pool. The weather forecast for the weekend is not great...a chance for rain/snow showers on Saturday and highs in the 30's on Sunday but the weather forecast for next week looks promising with high's forecasted in the high 50's by midweek and even ow 60's next weekend. Of course, this time of year the forecast can change rapidly so keep an eye on the forecast and plan your trip accordingly. More folks are venturing on the water lately on the warmer days and so I am getting more reports on the bass fishing as well as some Crappie reports now. Early prespawn patterns are developing so if you have not planned your late winter/early spring trip yet, you need to get busy. Remember, the water temps are cold and hypothermic conditions are ever present so make sure you plan your trip accordingly with a survival kit in your boat with a change of clothes included. Also, make sure you let someone know where you will be launching, where you will be fishing and when you plan on returning and have them check to make sure you made it back.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on late/winter early spring patterns with fish being taken on main lake points and channel banks as well as the first secondary points and channel banks in the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on suspending jerkbaits and slow rolled crankbaits. Some Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water near deep water in the creeks and bays on warmer days on lipless crankbaits near wood cover.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points and channel banks on suspending jerkbaits, slow rolled crankbaits and jigs. Although I have yet to received any reports of numbers of these fish, I have received some reports of good fish being taken.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Rapala X-raps in olive green and clown, Rapala shadraps in crawdad and black/silver, Strike King crankbaits in green tomato, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Lewis rattletraps in black/red and green/white and Strike King red eye shad in black/red.

Crappie: I have received a number of reports that some numbers of early Crappie are being taken over brush piles near old creek channels in 15-20 ft of water using small minnows and small jigs by spider rigging.

We are getting closer and closer to a new fishing season and actually some of the early activitiy is getting started but I expect this to get much better in the next few weeks as the water warms. For those of you that utilize the LBL facilities you need to check the LBL website as a number of the back country camping sites and ramps were closed due to the ice storm we had here a few weeks back. You can find an list of the closed areas on the LBL website and they are updating the list as sites/ramps are being opened

FLASH: If you have emailed me in the past three weeks and did not get an answer, please call me.....I am still without cable services at my house due to the ice storm and am having to use an alternate internet source and have had a little trouble replying to some emails. I apologize for any inconvenience, hopefully things will return to normal here in a week or so.

If you are in need of bass guide for some bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction don't hesitate to drop me an email or give me a call. I have the following openings available for booking in March, April, and May:

March: 8, 13, 16, 18, 23, 30

April: 2, 3

May: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26

Cpt Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service

"Fish With a Professional"