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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; 5/29/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 360.07  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.10  Surface Temperature - 79

Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a drawdown to summer pool level.  We have been experiencing high winds and near record high temperatures over the past few days which has kept most anglers looking for wind protected areas in the creeks and bays or off the lakes.  Earlier in the week prior to the high winds the Largemouth bite continued to be very good on the ledges with more and more fish moving to their summer feeding areas.  A prime example of this good ledge bite was reflected in the Triton Owners tournament last weekend in which it took 50 lbs/10 fish to win the tournament.  Channel Catfish and Bluegill continue to be excellent with large numbers of good fish being brought in to the cleaning stations.  The wind forecasts shows more high winds for Friday (tomorrow) and then start diminishing for the weekend. 

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken primarily on the ledges around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These summer pattern fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, slow rolled ledge spinnerbaits, spoons, Carolina  and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits as well as by dragging and slack lining jigs.  Some late post spawn Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on main lake primary points on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  I have received a few reports of fish being taken shallow around the grass beds on Ky Lake early and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits but the reports indicate most of these fish to be small.  I would expect this shallow water bite to improve as more fry venture onto the flats within the next week or two.

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake primary and secondary points as well as on the ledges on the main lake.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs on the points and Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging jigs and slack lining jigs on the ledges. 

Some of the productive lures reported this past week are:  Zoom horny toads and Jack's bubber frogs in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Sloan spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill and parrot, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds and Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/red  and watermelon/purple, Zoom brush hogs in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Missouri craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly. 

White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with minnows, inline spinners and small jigging spoons as well as by trolling inline spinners and curly tail jigs behind deep diving crankbaits.

Bluegill:  Good catches of Bluegill are still being taken by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers in shallow water in the coves and backs of creeks and bays in the 4-6 ft level as well as by fishing with worms on split shot rigs on bottom.  Some good Bluegill are also being taken on grassy secondary points in the creeks and bays on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.

Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken in large numbers by fishing with nightcrawlers under bobbers around rocky shorelines and in the connecting canal. 

I would like to welcome the BASS Elite series to the lakes next week and all those folks that are going to be here to see some of the top bass anglers in the world compete against one another in the Bluegrass Brawl out of Ky Dam Marina 6/12 - 6/15.  If you are coming here to compete or just observe the tournament, you will find two great tackle shops here fully stocked with the latest in lures and fishing tackle.  Fisherman's Headquarters is located at the intersection of U.S. 68 and U.S. 641 in Draffenville just a few miles south of Ky Dam Marina and The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located on U.S. 62 in Kuttawa, just a few miles east of Ky Dam Marina.  Also, while you are here observing the tournament you might want to stop by Jet-A-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City just north of Ky Dam Marina.  Jet-A-Marina has a full line of the latest in Ranger and Stratos bass boats in their showroom as well as boating accessories, not to mention one of the best service department reputations in the country. 

If you are in need of a 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.  We are now going into full blown summer bass patterns.  Now is the time to learn how to find and fish the ledges so if you want to learn how to do this or maybe you are interested in learning how to eliminate water to find the bass during anytime of the year, give me a call or drop me an email to book one of these learning trips. 

You should be making your reservations for the fall fishing trips or you may not be able to get the date(s) you want if you wait too late to do so. 

I have the following openings in June, July and August:

 June: 30

July and August:  Still have a number of dates available...give me a call or drop me an email.

 Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"