Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;8/21/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.43 Surface Temperature - 81
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.35 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are about one and one half foot below summer pool and on a
slow draw down. Water temperatures continued to drop this week with the
cooler weather and we are now about 4 or 5 degrees below the normal
water temperatures for this time of year. The forecast for the next week
presently shows highs in the mid to upper 80's and night time low's in
the mid 60's with a chance of isolated thunderstorms through the middle
part of the week. If this forecast holds true we should see the water
temperatures drop a little more. As reported last week, the slower bite
we have been experiencing the past couple of weeks would change once we
got out from under the ridge of high pressure that was controlling our
weather patterns. The fishing was slow earlier in the week but today we
got that weather change as the high pressure moved off and was replaced
by falling barometers, some wind and rain and some cloud cover as low
pressure began moving closer to the lakes area. The bite today on the
bass was just the opposite of what we had been having on the ledges. The
Largemouth turned on today and they were hungry. We had a very good day
on the ledges today and I talked to some other folks this afternoon that
had been bass fishing and they also reported a good ledge bite today.
Prior to today, the better bite this week had been in the bays in
shallow water and on secondary creek channel banks and points where
Largemouth were feeding on schools of late shad fry.
With the dropping water temperatures I have noticed a number of big
schools of shad staging around the mouths of the bays this week in
anticipation of the beginning of the fall transition. This is about 2
weeks ahead of when this normally happens here but if the cooler weather
continues, I would expect the fall transition to begin early this
season. We will just have to keep an eye on the water temperatures to
see if this pattern continues.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the river and creek
channel ledges on the main lake and on the creek channel ledges in the
mouths of the larger bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged
creature baits and floating worms, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.
Slow rolling spinnerbaits on the shallower ledges is also taking fish,
especially early and late in the day. Largemouth are also being taken on
the flats in the creeks and bays as well as on the creek channel banks
and associated secondary points. These fish are taking topwater lures,
medium running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits,
chatterbaits, shaky head worms and Texas rigged worms as they are
feeding on schools of late shad fry.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake river
ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Some Smallmouth are
being taken early and late in the day on primary and secondary points on
the main lake on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Zoom horny toads in
green pumpkin swirl and watermelon/red, Jack's bubber frogs in
watermelon/red, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple
and watermelon/candy, Charmer 10.5 inch paddle tail and gator tail worms
in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some
Bass vibe in blue glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Strike King
red eye shad in sexy shad, Zoom trick worms in green pumpkin and green
pumpkin/blue (shaky head), Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and
Last Cast hairy bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter
jelly with matching baby paca craw trailers.
White Bass: The reported bite on White Bass this week has been slow.
Some fish are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges
on the main lake by vertically fishing with small spoons. I have been
seeing a number of White Bass in the backs of the creeks on Ky Lake near
the grass early and late in the day feeding on the fry schools.
Catfish: Catfish are being taken on the old river channels on cut baits
and yellow tail fished on bottom rigs.
Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken on deep rocky points and creek
channel banks by fishing with pinched night crawlers on bottom. Some
Bluegill are also being taken on deeper docks with crickets and worms
fished under bobbers near brush piles.
It won't be long before we start getting the fall bass tournaments in
the area as many team trails and clubs hold their end of year
tournaments here this fall. If you are among those coming to the big
lakes for your last tournaments, you should make a note to visit both
Fisherman's Headquarters located on 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 your favorite
name brand lures and tackle as well as many of the local custom lures
that work here on Ky/Barkley. You will find the folks there friendly and
knowledgeable about the tackle they sell and the latest in fishing
Also for those folks coming to the big lakes, if you are in need of
service for your boat or need bulk oil you will find the best of these
at Jet-A-Marina located in Calvert City just a couple of miles north of
Ky Dam on U.S. 62. The folks at Jet-A-Marina have a great reputation for
customer service and will bend over backwards to keep you on the water
if they can possibly do so. While there you might stroll through their
showroom to check out the latest in Ranger and Stratos bass boats as
well as a full line of accessories.
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. If you have not booked
your fall trips, you should do so soon or you may not be able to get the
dates you want. I am already having to turn some folks down as I do not
have the dates available they need, but I do have dates available so
check below for the dates I do have available in August, September and
August: 24, 26, 27, 28, 29
September: 3, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 25, 26
October: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
Don't forget to check your calendar and make plans for the November
fishing here. The best of the fall bass fishing is in November. If you
like topwater, crankbaits and spinnerbaits then November is the time for
you to come enjoy some of the best of it the season has to offer. I have
plenty of dates available in November, so just give me a call or drop me
an email to book your trip.
Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"