Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;4/23/09
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.77 Surface Temperature - 61
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.90 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are two feet over summer pool. The lakes rose another foot in
the past two days to reach their present levels. The TVA forecast for
the next three days at this time is for the water to remain at or near
present levels. There is a good bit of debris on the lakes with the
rising waters, especially on Lake Barkley so be very careful while
running. The forecast for tomorrow and the weekend is for summer like
temperatures in the low to mid 80's. The winds forecast is not good for
the weekend so anyone going out should plan their trips accordingly. The
wind tomorrow is forecasted at 20-30 from the SSW and 20 on Saturday
from the SSW. Sunday is a little better with the present forecasted wind
for Sunday being 16 from the SSW. We have been under the influence of
high pressure the past couple of days and this high pressure ridge that
is governing our weather is forecasted to be here though the weekend.
This high pressure has slowed the shallow water bite down some on the
bigger Largemouth but there are still plenty of short Largemouth biting
shallow. Some shallow good fish are being taken but not in large
numbers. There are still plenty of Largemouth staging on lead in banks.
Most of the large shallow fish we have taken this past week are not
showing any signs of nest fanning yet. Although we do have some early
spawners on the nest, the main spawn has not taken place yet because the
water temperatures are just now starting to get to where they need to be
to move the bigger fish in shallow. These high temperatures we are going
to have over the next few days along with the high warm winds should
remedy that problem and I expect to see a lot more bigger fish shallow
this coming week. Crappie anglers are still reporting a scattered bite
with most of them being taken over staging brush piles but some are
being taken on spawning banks. Crappie are being taken but there are not
a lot of limits coming in.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on staging banks and
secondary points off the spawning areas in the creeks and bays. These
fish are being taken on Carolina rigged and Texas rigged creature baits
and lizards, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and tube
jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on the spawning flats near brush
and submerged mustard flowers. These fish are being taken on topwater
lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged
lizards and creature baits and jigs.
Smallmouth Bass: The Smallmouth Bass are spawning and are being taken on
gravel banks in the mouths of the creeks and bay and in gravel cuts off
the main lake. These fish are being taken on curly tail grubs, jigs and
tube jigs. Some nice fish are being reported but no good numbers have
Some of the productive lures being reported this week are: Chatterbuzz
buzzbaits in black and white, Storm chug baits in shad patterns, Bandit
crankbaits in rootbeer chartreuse and splatterback, Strike King red eye
shad in orange/craw, sexy shad and blue/chrome, Zoom lizards in green
pumpkin, watermelon/red, green pumpkin/red and pumpkin/chartreuse,
Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass
vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue
glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, D&L baby advantage jig
in cumberland craw and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jig in green pumpkin.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over staging brush piles along old
creek channels in 10-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with tube jigs
and minnow/jig combinations. Crappie are also being taken along shallow
banks, especially early and late in the day by casting curly tail jigs
and minnows under bobbers near wood cover.
Bluegill/Red Ears: Blue gills and Red Ears are being taken on gravel
banks and gravel bars near lead in creek channels by fishing with worms
on split shot rigs. Most of these fish seem to be being reported in 6-8
ft of water. Some scattered Red Ears and Bluegills are also being taken
near mustard flowers and brush in the backs of creeks and in shallow
cuts on the split shot rigs.
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 for one of my open dates.
Summer time is a great time to learn how to find and fish the ledges. I
do a focused learning trip to teach you how to find the most productive
ledges and how to fish them. Call me or drop me an email for more
information on this specialized trip. I have the following dates
available in April, May, June and July:
April: Sorry I am booked up
May: Sorry I am booked up
June: 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30
July: Plenty of dates available...give me a call or send email to book.
Of course I am taking bookings for August thru November also, make your
reservation now to ensure you get the date(s) you want.
Capt Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"