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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;7/16/09
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.22 Surface Temperature - 84
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.20 Surface Temperature - 85

Both lakes are at summer pool. Expect both lakes to be drawn down one foot before the end of the month. The ledge fishing for Largemouth Bass has been overall good this week. The better bite has been during the late morning and afternoon hours. We have taken a good number of quality Largemouth this week on the ledges, especially fishing slow moving lures such as Carolina rigs, dragging football head jigs and large shaky head worms. The White Bass anglers have had good luck this past week also fishing the ledges and the flats just off the ledges with inline spinners, spoons and minnow rigs. We had a lot of rain this week both here and upriver and the lake levels have remained about the same this week with more current this week than we have been having lately as the rain waters are being passed thru the dams. We have a cold front that should pass through the lakes area tonight or early tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is for below average highs in the 70's and low's in the 50's with north quadrant winds.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and large shaky head worms. Some smaller Largemouth are schooling around shallow flats just off deep water near the primary points on the main lake and secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are schooling on schools of fry and are being taken on small topwater chugging baits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and lipless crankbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes by fishing with Carolina rigged small creature baits and tubes and jigs. Smallmouth are also being taken at night on Kentucky Lake by fishing with dark skirted spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs. Some good catches are being taken at night by fishing rocky primary points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays, especially on the east side of the lake.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Norman deep n's in shad patterns, Rapala DT20's in grey pearl shad, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Charmer 10'5" gator tail worm in plum, Berkley 12" worm in plum, Xcite 10" maximum shaky head worm in plum and green pumpkin/purple on 5/8 ounce Xlock jig heads, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Yozuri splash it poppers in yellow with ghost belly, Rebel pop r in white, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue.

White Bass: White Bass are being taken on the river channel ledges and adjacent flats by fishing vertically with inline spinners, small spoons and tight lining minnow rigs. Some good catches have been reported this week, especially during the afternoon and early evening when current is present.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken on the old river channels in 25-35 ft of water by fishing with bottom rigs baited with yellowtails and leech/shrimp combinations.

Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken on deep rocky creek channel banks by fishing with small jigs fished vertically tipped with worms. Bluegill are also being taken around deeper docks with wood cover by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.

FLASH: I have been experiencing some problems with my email server so if you emailed me and did not get a reply, you might want to give me a call. I apologize for any inconvenience.

FLASH: I would like to report once again that we are catching some quality fish on the new to the area Xcite maximus shaky head worms. If you have not tried these worms yet, you are missing out on some fun fishing. These worms are available at my two favorite tackle shops here in the lakes area: Fisherman's Headquarters located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle and at The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west of Kuttawa. Both these tackle shops carry not only your well known shelf baits, but also they carry a great line of custom type lures such as the Xcite lures, Charmer lures and Hook Some Bass lures you see mentioned regularly in my reports.

I would like to once again thank the great folks at Jet-a-Marina located in Calvert City, just north of Ky Dam on U.S. 62. I had a starter go bad on my engine last week and took it to the service folks there and as usual, the great service folks there jumped right on it and got me back on the water with my boat that same day. I can't say enough good things about the folks at Jet-a-Marina. They have helped so many of my clients that have had service needs while visiting here at the lakes over the years to keep them on the water. I highly recommend that if your boat needs service that you see the folks there, they will keep you fishing if at all possible. While there, you might want to visit their showroom and pick up the cheapest bulk engine oil in the area while gazing at their showroom full or new Ranger and Stratos boats.

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 and book one of my open dates. This is a great time to take my focused ledge learning trip to learn how to eliminate the water and find the best ledges as well as learn the techniques to catch the ledge fish. I have the following dates available for booking in July, August and September:

July: 29
August: 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
September: Plenty of dates me for booking.

If you have not made your reservations for the fall fishing in October and November, you should do so soon or you may not be able to get the date(s) you want. I am the only guide in my service, so when you book with me, you get me and not someone else.

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