Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;8/28/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.97 Surface Temperature - 82
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.05 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool. Water temperatures are still
below normal for this time of year by about 4 degrees. We have had
current on the lakes over the past few days as water is coming in from
up river and being passed through the dams. As was reported last week
there are large schools of shad staging near the mouths of the bays. We
are taking Largemouth on the ledges and in the creeks and bays. You can
take your choice of patterns right now, fish the ledges, fish the points
around the mouths of the creeks and bays, secondary points in the creeks
and bays or you can go shallow. Although most of the larger fish are
still on ledges, you have plenty to choose from on the days the ledges
may be slow for you. The Largemouth in the creeks and bays are feeding
on schools of late fry. The forecast for the weekend looks good with a
chance of thunderstorms tomorrow and partly cloudy skies through the
holiday weekend. Folks planning on fishing later next week will want to
keep an eye on tropical storm Gustav as it is expected to reach
hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. Most computer
models at this time have Gustav making landfall in Alabama or Louisiana
Monday evening or Tuesday morning. When a hurricane makes landfall in
this area, we normally get the remnants of the hurricane as it tracks
north. This means we could, and I emphasis COULD see some of the
remnants of Gustav affecting our weather here around midweek next week.
Only time will tell. With the nice weather forecast and this being the
last holiday weekend for many boaters, I would expect the lakes to be
very crowded this weekend. I urge everyone to drive defensively on the
water and be courteous to your fellow boaters.
Largemouth Bass: The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on
the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish
are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large
worms, dragging football head jigs and slow rolling spinnerbaits.
Largemouth are also being taken on the creek channel banks and
associated secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on the
flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. These fish are feeding on
schools of fry and are taking topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits,
soft plastic jerk baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs. Some of these fish
are schooling on the shallow flats, especially early and late in the
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the river ledges and
on primary and secondary points on the main lake. These fish are taking
Carolina rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs. Most of the
feeding is taking place early and late in the day. Night fishermen are
reportably taking Smallmouth on main lake rocky and pea gravel points at
night on slow rolled dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.
Some to the productive lures this week were: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost
pearl lemon, Lucky Craft g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Spro bronze eye
frog in white with green back, Hook Some Bass spinnerbait in blue
glimmer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse, Charmer
10.5 inch worms in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin
and watermelon/purple, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw, Zoom
super fluke in white, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and Last
Cast hairy bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks
and bays early and late in the day, especially if current is present.
These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons fished
vertically around creek channel ledges. Some White Bass are schooling on
the fry in the creeks and bays on secondary points and on the flats.
These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons
into the feeding schools.
Catfish: Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on
bottom rigs baited with cutbaits, yellowtail and shrimp/leech
combinations. Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels
on the main lake and associated nearby flats on bottom rigs baited with
yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations. Some Channel Catfish are
cruising the flats in the backs of the bays feeding on schools of fry.
Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken along deep creek channel shorelines
and main lake primary points. These fish are taking pinched
nightcrawlers and small jigs tipped with wax worms fished just off the
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 made
your reservations for the fall fishing, you are behind the power curve
and should do so very soon or you may not get the date(s) you want. Here
are the dates I have available in September, October and November:
Sept: 9, 14, 15, 23, 25
Oct: 16, 17, 18, 23, 28, 30, 31
November: Plenty of dates available in November. Give me a call or drop
me an email with your desired date(s). November is the best month of the
fall for bass fishing...if you like throwing topwaters, spinnerbaits and
crankbaits don't miss out on the November schooling fish.
Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"