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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; 5/28/09
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.35 Surface Temperature - 75
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.20 Surface Temperature - 73

Both lakes are at summer pool. The weather forecast for the coming weekend looks good with highs in the mid to upper 80's. It could be somewhat breezy on Saturday with a current forecast of winds from the WSW at 13. You should always check the latest wind forecasts before venturing on the lake as these tend to change quite frequently. The Largemouth Bass are still being taken in shallow water as well as on post spawn points and banks but the big news this week is that there are a lot of Largemouth now showing up on the ledges. These fish started showing up in good numbers last week and every day it seems more good fish are now on the ledges. We have had some great days this week and late last week on the ledges. These ledge fish are hungry from the spawn and a lot of folks are reporting getting into schools of feeding fish. Good numbers of Bluegill and Red Ears are still being taken back shallow in the creeks and bays. Many have spawned already but there are still reports of good spawning fish to be taken. The Channel Catfish are being taken in good numbers also on the shallow rocky flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays as they are on a prespawn/spawning feed.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on the old creek channel and river ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, heavy spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky head worms and jigs. There are still fish shallow around the buck brush and although many are buck bass some good fish are still being taken as a result of a late spawn this year. These shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, shaky head worms and jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and secondary points as well as on river channel ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, tube jigs and jigs. The best bite has been reported as early and late in the day. I am still not receiving any reports of big numbers of Smallmouth but have received reports of good one and two fish catches here and there. The Smallmouth should be starting to feed at night, which is normal for them during the summer months but I have yet to receive any reports from night anglers.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash it in ghost lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in pearl grey shiner, green shad and parrot (the new DT 20 crankbaits are working big time on the ledges), Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Hook Some Bass ledge spinnerbaits in white and white/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum, Berkley 10" power worms in red shad, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/red and green pumpkin candy, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue, D&L advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and Last Cast wooly bug jigs in green pumpkin and Missouri craw.

Bluegill/Red Ear: Bluegill and Red Ear are being taken in shallow water near buck brush and grass beds on crickets fished under bobbers, spider jigs dragged on beds and split shot rigs baited with worms reeled slowly across beds.

Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken on rocky shallow flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom as well as on cut baits fished on bottom rigs.

FLASH: We have the world's two top professional bass angling trails visiting the lakes area over the next two weeks. The ESPN Bassmaster Elite Series will be holding their tournament out of Paris Landing on June 3, 4, 5, and 6. The Wal Mart FLW Tour will be holding their tournament the following week, June 11, 12, 13, 14. The FLW tournament will launch out of Kentucky Dam Marina on June 11 and 12 and out of Ken Lake Marina on June 13, 14. These two weeks coming weeks will showcase the best of the best in professional bass angling right here on our home lakes.

FLASH: Fisherman's Headquarters located at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle in Draffenville will be hosting an FLW TOUR PRO NIGHT on Friday, June 5th from 4-7 p.m. Professional FLW tour anglers Guido Hibdon, Dion Hibdon, Brent Ehrler, Dan Morehead, Ramie Colson and Terry Bolton will be there for you to chat with. There will be a number of in store specials and Berkley product give aways. Stop by and meet the pro's and don't forget to say hello to Bart, Lori and Brandon.

If you are coming down to the lakes to get in on some of this great late spring/early summer fishing we are having here on the big lakes, let me recommend that you stop by the Fisherman's Headquarters as mentioned above and also The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west of Kuttawa near Lake Barkley. Both these tackle stores are stocked to the gills with some great bass fishing and pan fishing equipment. You won't find any better tackle shops in the region and certainly not any people that are more than willing to serve you in a friendly and professional manner.

If you happen to find yourself in need of some service on your boat while you are here at the lakes, let me recommend that you stop by Jet-A-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple miles north of Ky Dam. The service folks there have a great local and regional reputation for providing good customer service and keeping folks on the water if at all possible while they are visiting here. They also have a showroom full of boating accessories and sell engine oil in bulk jugs at the best prices around.

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 to book one of my open dates. Now is the time to book that summer trip to learn how to fish the ledges or maybe you would prefer to do a little frog fishing in the grass beds. I have the following dates available for booking in May, June, July and August:

May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry I am booked up.
July: 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
August: Plenty of dates me to book.

Now is the time to make your fall fishing plans and reservations. Book now to ensure you can get the date(s) you want.

Capt Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"