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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;7/30/09
Bass Buster Guide Service

Both lakes are one foot below summer pool. The bass fishing on the ledges continues to be better in the afternoon and late evening hours on Kentucky Lake. This is due to the fact that the TVA has been an afternoon draw schedule for the past couple of weeks and the ledge fish have gotten conditioned to the current draw times. This does not mean you cannot catch some fish on the ledges during the morning hours but the early fishing has been spotty. Reports indicate that more big fish are being taken during the current draw periods. On Lake Barkley, some days the current is being generated through out the day and on some days there is not much current at all during the day. Savvy bass anglers should watch the TVA draw schedules and plan their trips accordingly if possible. On the other hand, there are numbers of Largemouth being taken shallow in the creeks and bays during the morning and though out the day as these fish are feeding on schools of shad fry from the spring spawns. Most of these fish are small but some good keeper sized fish are also being taken, just not good numbers of them. We continue to have below normal temperatures for this time of year due to cold frontal passages in the lakes area about every three or four days. Another cold front is passing through the area this evening. This cooler weather is also keeping our water temperatures about 4 or 5 degrees below normal for this time of year. The forecast for the weekend is for fair weather with highs in the mid 80's and lows in the mid 60's. Reports continue to indicate the night bass fishing on Kentucky Lake is good. I have noticed some good catches of White Bass coming in to the cleaning stations this week also, especially those folks fishing during the late morning and afternoon hours.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, spoons and large shaky head worms. Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays in shallow water especially near wood cover as they are feeding on schools of shad fry. These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged small creature baits. Largemouth are also being taken at night on primary points and secondary points on the main lakes as well as on rocky creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bays. These night feeders are being taken on dark colored spinnerbaits and finesse jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being during the day on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged small creature baits, jigs and spoons. As with the Largemouth the better daytime bite has been during periods when current is present. The night Smallmouth fishing is reported as good with dark colored spinnerbaits and finesse jigs on the east side of Kentucky Lake by fishing the primary points and main lake secondary points on chunk rock.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Yozuri splash-it poppers in yellow with ghost belly, Rebel pop r's in white, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibes (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum, Xcite 10" shaky head worms in plum and blue fleck, Strike King sexy spoons in chrome, Hoppy and Booyah spinnerbaits in black/red and black/purple (night fishing) and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin with matching crayfish trailers(night fishing).

White Bass: White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges and on the adjacent flats. These fish are being taken by vertical fishing with inline spinners and small spoons. White Bass are also being taken by trolling with inline spinners trolled behind deep diving crankbaits along the river and creek channel ledges. The better bite is reported to be in the late morning and afternoon hours when current is present.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges on cut baits and large minnows fished on bottom rigs in 25-35 feet of water especially during periods of current.

Bluegill: Bluegills are being taken around deeper docks with wood cover, especially during the evening hours on crickets and worms fished under bobbers. Some Bluegill are also being taken in shallow water in the backs of the creeks and bays near wood cover by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.

FLASH: I have been having some problems with my outgoing and incoming email recently. If you have emailed me and did not get a response, please call me or try to email me again. I believe the problems with my incoming emails has been fixed but I did lose a couple of days of incoming mail this past week.

If you are coming to the lakes area to enjoy some of our great summer fishing, let me recommend that you stop by The Fisherman's Headquarters tackle shop located at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle in Draffenville and The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west of Kuttawa. Both these tackle shops are fully stocked with not only the well known nationally available lures but also many regional and local custom lures used to catch the bass here on our lakes. Panfish anglers will find both shops have a great selection of panfish lures and live baits too. You will find the folks at both these tackle shops knowledgeable and friendly as well as ready to serve you with all your fishing needs.

If you are in need of some engine oil for your DFI motor, then let me recommend that you stop by Jet-A-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City just a couple of miles north of Ky Dam. You will find these oils in bulk jugs there at the best prices around. While you are there check out the large line of boating accessories in their showroom, not to mention the latest models of Ranger and Stratos boats to drool over. The folks at Jet-A-Marina also have a great service department and are dedicated to keeping you on the water during your trip here if at all possible. I can't tell you how many times my clients have told me that the service folks there bent over backwards to get their boats serviced so that their fishing trips here would not be ruined.

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. This is a great time to learn how to fish the ledges here. I do a focused learning trip in which you will learn how to eliminate the water to find the best ledges as well as learn how to set up on the ledges and the techniques used to catch the ledge fish. I would be happy to explain this trip to you, just give me a call. I have the following dates available for booking in July, August and September:

July: Sorry, I am booked up
August: 7, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30
September: Plenty of dates still available..give me a call or drop me an email to book a trip.

If you have not made your reservations for the fall fishing in October and November, you need to contact me soon or you may not be able to get the date(s) you want. Remember, I only guide for bass and when you book with my service, you get me as your guide, not someone else, so there are only so many dates available for booking.

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