Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;9/25/08
Bass Buster Guide Service
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 354.54 Surface Temperature - 76
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70 Surface Temperature -
Both lakes are about 4 and one half feet below summer pool. This is
about 1.5 feet below normal water levels at this time of year. Boaters
need to exercise caution when running the lakes. Use the navigation
buoys and if you are outside of marked navigations lanes make sure you
know the water depth in the area. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been
good this week. The fish are scattered from the ledges on the main lake
and around the mouths of the bays to the shallows in the backs of the
bays and on main lake flats. A myriad of patterns are working with a
good number of fish being caught, but the larger fish are somewhat
finicky and a person needs to fish with patience as they wade thru
numbers of short fish to get their limit. Today the first day weights
for the top 30 in the BASS Open tournament ranged from 19lbs in first
place to just short of 13lbs for 30th place. Places 4th thru 30th were
16lbs or less. This is indicative of the weights here during the fall
transition. The weather forecast for the weekend is calling for sunny
skies and high's in the low to mid 80's. Next week looks good also with
a frontal passage sometime on Tuesday followed by cooler temperatures of
highs in the 70's and low's near 50. If this forecast pans out, we
should see the water temperatures cool down more later next week which
should move more of the big shad schools into shallow water.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on the river and creek
channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are
being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits
and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points
and secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks
and bays. These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged
creature baits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken
on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays as well as on the shallow
flats on the main lake. These fish are feeding on schools of shad and
are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless
crankbaits, soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on the river and creek
channel ledges on the main lake as well as on main lake primary and
secondary points. The ledge fish are taking Carolina rigged creature
baits and jigs. The fish on the points are being taken on topwater early
and late in the day, crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs
and tube jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy
and g-splash in ghost pearl lemon, Zoom horny toads in white,
black/white and green pumpkin swirl, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white,
Zoom super flukes in white and chartreuse shad, Norman DD22 crankbaits
in white and rootbeer, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and rootbeer/chartreuse,
DT series flat sided crankbaits in black/silver, Strike King red eye
shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue
glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer tipped with
Yamamoto twin tail grub in blue pearl, Charmer timber pups in green
pumpkin, Yamamoto senko and Ozark Tackle stick-m in green pumpkin, Jewel
football head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in green
pumpkin with matching Net Baits baby paca craw trailer.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken along creek channels over brush in the
front parts of the creeks and bays as well as on the creek channels on
the main lake. Depths are being reported from 10 ft to 20 ft of water.
These Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with tube jigs and
White Bass: I did not receive any reports on White Bass this week, but I
am seeing numbers of White Bass schools in the bays feeding on schools
of baitfish. We have caught a number of these fish ourselves on
spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits while fishing for Largemouth on the
flats. One should be able to catch a number of these fish with inline
spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding schools.
Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken on deep creek channel banks in the
creeks and bays by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with wax
worms and pinched nightcrawlers. Bluegill are also being taken around
deeper docks by fishing with worms under bobbers.
Catfish: Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in
20-30 ft of water using cut baits and yellowtail fished on bottom rigs.
Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels in the bays and
on the flats on the main lake by fishing with shrimp/leech combinations
and large minnows fished on bottom.
FLASH: Would the person that won the guided fishing trip with me at the
Kosair Children's Hospital Tournament please contact me. I have lost
your address in a computer crash and need to send you your gift
certificate for the guided trip.
I would like to welcome all the fall tournament anglers to the lakes
area as well as those coming here to just enjoy the fall bass fishing. I
recommend that you stop by Fisherman's Headquarters located in
Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle and The Cabin Bait and
Tackle located on U.S. 62 just west of Kuttawa. You will find both these
tackle shops well stocked with all your bass fishing needs as well as
helpful, knowledgeable folks to assist you.
If you are visiting the lakes area and experience a problem with your
boat, I recommend you take it to the folks at Jet-A-Marina located in
Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Ky Dam on U.S. 62. The
service folks there are dedicated to keeping you on the water if
possible and while you are there don't forget to take advantage of the
low bulk oil prices for your favorite engine oil (they supply the jugs).
Late October and November normally provide the best fall fishing of the
season. If you have not yet made your plans for the late fall fishing,
you should do so very soon. 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 to book one of my open dates. I have the following openings in
September, October and November:
September: Sorry I am booked up...call me for a referral.
October: 28, 31
November: Plenty of dates available in November...give me a call.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"