Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;6/4/09
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.30 Surface Temperature - 77
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.15 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are at summer pool. Both lakes rose to one foot over summer
pool earlier this week but have been drawn back down over the past
couple of days. As I mentioned last week, the Largemouth Bass bite on
the ledges has been very good, especially when the current is present.
It is pretty easy to catch numbers of fish on the ledges and although
many of these fish are short of the legal limit, we are also catching a
good number of quality fish on the ledges too. This good ledge fishing
this week was exemplified yesterday at the BASS Elite Series weigh-in
when the top weight was 29lbs and 31 bags were weighed in over 20lbs.
Now if that does not prove that we have a world class fishery here,
nothing will. We are also getting some bonus nice Smallmouth on the
ledges with the current being drawn this past week. Although they are
not in big numbers, the Smallmouth we have taken have been quality fish.
I have received a couple of reports of some nice Smallmouth now being
taken at night on Kentucky Lake on large dark colored spinnerbaits so
for those of you that like to night fish, it seems the summer night
Smallmouth fishing has begun. I have also received a number of reports
of a number of White Bass now being taken on the flats adjacent to the
river channels so the summer White Bass fishing is starting to heat up
too. The present weather forecast for the weekend looks good with party
sunny to sunny skies, light winds and virtually no chance of rain.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old creek
channel and river ledges around the mouths of the deeper bays and on the
main lakes with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and
creature baits, Texas rigged worms, ledge spinnerbaits and jigs.
Largemouth are also being taken in the secondary points and creek
channel banks on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged
worms and creature baits and jigs. Some Largemouth are also still being
taken shallow near the buck brush and vegetation on topwater lures early
and late in the day, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.
The ledge fishing has been very good this past week.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary
and secondary points and on the old river and creek channel ledges
around the mouths of the deeper bays and on the main lake. These fish
are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature
baits, tube jigs and jigs. Smallmouth Bass are also being taken at night
on rocky main lake primary and secondary points with dark colored
spinnerbaits and jigs on Kentucky Lake.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy
in ghost lemon pearl, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom horny toads
in white and green pumpkin pearl, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot,
green shad and grey pearl shiner and bluegill, Norman crankbaits in
rootbeer and paradise shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,
Gambler mega daddy in green pumpkin, Charmer timber dawgs and timber
pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Net Baits mad paca in green
pumpkin, Charmer 10.5 " worm in plum, Berkley 10" power worm in plum and
red shad, Jewel football head jig in gourd/craw, D&L football head jig
in Herrington craw and Cumberland craw and Hook Some Bass tubes in
chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken on the flats adjacent to the
river ledges in 10- 12 ft of water by vertically fishing with inline
spinners and small spoons. White Bass are also being taken by trolling
with deep diving crankbaits with an inline spinner or small spoon on a
Bluegill: Although some Bluegill are still being taken around shallow
beds, most of these fish are now being taken in deeper water banks off
the spawning areas in 8-12 ft of water by fishing with worms under
bobbers and on small jigs tipped with worms around wood cover. Bluegill
are also being taken around docks with wood cover on worms fished under
Catfish: Channel Catfish are still being taken on shallow rocky flats in
the creeks and on the main lake. These fish are being taken on
nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some Channel
Catfish are also being taken along the old creek channels in the creeks
and bays on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp
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. Top FLW professionals Guido Hibdon, Dion Hibdon, Brent
Ehrler, Dan Morehead, Ramie Colson and Terry Bolton will be there to
meet and chat with everyone that attends. There will be a number of in
store specials and some give aways from Berkley. Drop by and enjoy an
evening with some of the top professional anglers in the country and
don't forget to say hello to Bart, Lori and Brandon.
FLASH: Back in March I mentioned that a new custom lure company would be
coming on-line this summer with some great custom painted lures that
will be painted by the top custom lures painters in the country. MOAB
Custom Baits is now up and running on line at www.moabcustombaits.com .
I highly recommend that you check out the custom painted lures they have
available. There are also some great opening special prices on the site
right now so don't delay in checking out these high quality lures. I
will be working with this company over the next number of months in
developing a line of custom painted lures that I will have personally
field tested here on Kentucky and Barkley lakes.
If you are in need of a guide for some fun catch and release 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. Now is the time to learn how to fish the ledges. I
do a focused learning trip in which you will learn how to eliminate
ledges to find the most productive ones, learn how to set up on them and
the techniques used to catch the ledge fish. I have the following dates
available for booking in June, July and August:
June: Sorry I am booked up.
July: 2, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
August: Plenty of dates available...contact me to book your trip.
Of course, I am also taking bookings for the fall fishing in September
thru November. You should make your reservations now for the fall
fishing to ensure you get the date(s) you want.
Capt Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"