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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;8/7/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.67  Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.80  Surface Temperature - 88


Both lakes are slightly less than one foot below summer pool.  Expect the lakes to be drawn down one foot during the month of August as per the TVA River Operating System schedule.  The bite on the ledges for Largemouth and Smallmouth has slowed some this week but fish are still being taken.  The key is to fish slow.  Our best methods this week were Carolina rigged small plastics, Texas rigged large worms and dragging heavy football jigs.  I would classify the bite as fair.  Again, fishing slow and having patience is the key to the ledge fishing right now.  The shallow water bass bite has been hit and miss this week early and late in the day near the grass beds with some mornings being good and some being slow.  The White Bass bite has been reported as slowing some this week also but I am still seeing a lot of surface feeding Whites, especially around the main lake points and first secondary points in the bays but the surface feeding schools are short in duration. 

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are taking Carolina rigged small creature baits, stick baits and tubes as well as Texas rigged large worms and dragging heavy football head jigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on Kentucky Lake near grass beds on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged large worms early and late in the day. 

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake river and old creek channel ledges on Carolina rigged small creature baits and tubes as well as dragging football head jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being reported taken on main lake primary and secondary points early and late in the day on tube jigs and finesse jigs.  I have received a few  reports of Smallmouth being taken on primary and secondary main lake points at night on dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs. 

Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom horney toads in white and green pumpkin pearl, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer 10.5 inch paddle tail and gator tail worms in green pumpkin and plum, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/candy, Zoom centipede in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Jewel football head jigs in Missouri craw and gourd craw with baby paca craw trailer and Last Cast hairy bug finesse jigs in peanut butter jelly with matching baby pace craw trailer. 

White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners.  Some White Bass are also being taken by trolling inline spinners behind a deep diving crankbait along these ledges.  I have observed a few folks catching surface feeding White Bass on the main lake primary points and first secondary points in the bays on the east side of Ky Lake early in the day.  These folks are casting inline spinners into the feeding schools.

Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels by fishing with bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leech combinations and on bottom rigs with baited with yellowtail and cutbaits. 

Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks early and late in the day fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers. 

FLASH:  I normally make it a policy to not announce upcoming bass tournaments in this report..but every now and then a benefit tournament will be held for such a good cause that it bears trying to get the word out to as many folks as possible:    A benefit bass tournament that is being sponsored by Texas Road House to raise money for Kosair Children's Hospital will be held on Sunday, August 17, safe light until 3:00 pm at Kentucky Dam Marina.  What could be a better cause than raising money for these folks that give of themselves to assist so many young folks in need of medical care.  The entry fee of 100.00 per team is tax deductible too.  Professional BASS angler Mark Menendez will be the MC at the weigh-in.  Did I mention there is a 2000.00 guarantee for first place?

An Auction will also be held right after the tournament to assist in the fund raising.  There will be a lot of great donated items to bid on.  I will be donating a full day's guided trip for auction myself and I am sure this will be just one small thing in comparison with the other items.  You can register for this tournament or get further information by contacting my good friend  Texas Road House professional bass angler and radio personality, Mike DelVisco at 864-879-0796 or by emailing Mike at

I have been doing a lot of ledge teaching trips over the past few weeks.  This is a popular trip this time of year.  If you want to learn how to eliminate water to find the best ledges and learn the techniques for fishing the ledges now is a good time for this trip.  If you are interested, give me a call and I will explain the nuts and bolts of this learning experience. 

If you have not yet booked your trips for the fall fishing, especially those of you preparing for the big September and October tournaments you should do so very soon or you may not be able to get the date(s) you want if at all. 

If you are in need of a bass guide (I only do bass) 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.  I have the following dates available for booking during August, September and October:

August:  10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

September:  3, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30

October:  2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31

Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"