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Bass Fishing Report; Kentucky and Barkley Lakes;9/4/08
Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.09 Surface Temperature - 81
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.20 Surface Temperature - 82

Both lakes are 2 ft below summer pool. Expect both lakes to be drawn down another 1 ft during the month of September in accordance with the TVA River Operating System schedule. As I mentioned in my last week's report that we needed to keep an eye on the storm track of hurricane Gustav after it made landfall since many times those hurricanes that come ashore in the northern Gulf of Mexico tend to track north through our area. The remnants of Gustav is passing through the lakes area today with 30 plus mph southerly winds making Kentucky Lake extremely rough and dangerous. I hope no one got on the lake today not realizing how bad it was going to get. The weather forecast for the next week looks pretty nice with highs in the upper 70's and low 80"s and low's in the high 50's to low 60's. If this forecast holds we should see our water temperatures continue to drop. Large schools of adult shad are still staging around the mouths of the creeks and bays in anticipation of the coming cooler water temperatures which will signal their beginning to transition to shallow water for the fall feeding. As reported last week, a myriad of patterns are working on the Largemouth Bass. There are bass on the ledges, especially those ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays where the shad are staging, there are also Largemouth being taken on primary points, secondary creek channel banks and associated secondary points as well as back shallow in the creeks and bays on the flats. These latter fish in the creeks and bays are feeding on schools of fry.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on the creek and river channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the creeks and bays. These summer pattern deep fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits, spoons and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on main lake primary points, secondary points and associated creek channel banks as well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. The fish on the points and creek channel banks are being taken on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and finesse jigs as they feed on schools of fry. The fish on the flats are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbait type lures, lipless crankbaits, soft plastic frogs and soft jerkbaits. Although some of these shallow fish are being taken early in the day, the better bite seems to taking place after the sun is up on the water.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake primary and secondary points on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits, chatterbait type lures and soft jerkbaits as they are feeding on schools of fry. These shallow Smallmouth are single fish at this time with no schooling reported.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and american shad, Spro bronze eye frogs in black and also white with green back, Bandit crankbaits in splatterback and rootbeer/chartreuse, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer with Yamamoto twin tail blue pearl trailer, Hook Some Bass tubes in smoke purple, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon candy and purplegrass on Carolina rig, Strike King sexy shad spoons, Jewel football head jigs in gourd craw with Net Baits baby paca craw trailer in green pumpkin, Zoom super fluke in white, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits baby paca craw trailer.

Crappie: Some Crappie are reportably being taken over brush piles along old creek channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the bays. These fish are being taken with tube jigs and small minnows fished vertically.

White Bass: White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges by fishing vertically with inline spinners and small spoons. Some White Bass are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry. These shallow White Bass are taking inline spinners and white curly tail grubs on small jigheads.

Catfish: Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with yellowtail and shrimp/leech combinations. Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels on bottom rigs baited with yellowtail, large minnows and cutbaits.

Bluegill: Bluegill are being taken on deep creek channel banks and on main lake points with small jigs tipped with wax worms and pinched night crawlers.

FLASH: Here is a flash for all you bass anglers that like to fish jigs. I ran into an old friend of mine today, Steve Riley when I stopped by Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville. Steve is a rep for D&L jigs. You probably have seen the D&L jigs in my report from time to time as I like their medium sized casting jigs, especially those in cumberland craw and Missouri craw. Steve was at the store stocking the D&L Advantage and Baby Advantage jigs. I was surprised to see these jigs being stocked because I knew that the D&L Advantage model jig had a great reputation and has been the lure responsible for a lot of money won in tournaments on Lake Cumberland but have always been sold only at a Lake Cumberland store because of a contract with the store. Apparently this contract no longer exists and the D&L advantage model is now being made available to other markets. Here is what really caught my eye while I was talking to Steve...he showed me their best selling advantage jig color...."Oops"....named this because the color actually was made up by someone by mistake and they decided to market it anyway and it has turned out to be their best selling color. To make a long story longer, yesterday I caught a nice 3lb Smallmouth and when I brought it into the boat it spit out a crayfish about 3 inches long. I studied the color on that crayfish for a while noticing the mixture of different shades of green from green pumpkin, watermelon and light you can guess what I thought when I saw that the "Oops" color jig Steve was showing me was a perfect match for that crayfish I held in my hand yesterday. Needless to say, I left Fisherman's Headquarters this afternoon with a big handful of those D&L baby advantage jigs in the "Oops" color pattern. If interested in these jigs you can find them at Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville.

Well it is time for all the fall bass classics to begin coming into the lakes area this month. I would like to welcome all you folks coming in to fish the fall classics this month as well as in October and early November. If you are one of these folks, you need to set aside some time when you arrive here to visit both The Fisherman's Headquarters located in Draffenville at the triangle of U.S. 641 and U.S. 68 as well as The Cabin Bait and Tackle located on U.S 62 just west of Kuttawa. Both these tackle shops are top notch and are well stocked for your bass fishing needs here. You will also find the folks there friendly and helpful as well as knowledgeable about the local bass fishing. You will also find at both these shops many of the hard to find lures that appear in my reports often such as ghost pearl lemon sammy's, Hook Some Bass blue glimmer spinnerbaits and Charmer worms and timber pups.

Also for you folks coming in to fish the fall tournaments, please be careful on the lakes, they may look big and deep but big does not necessarily mean deep. Please take care when running the lakes and know where you are when you get outside the navigation buoys or get familiar with where you are before you start running. We have some great fishing here on the big lakes but we have plenty of underwater surprises for folks that think they can run just anywhere without regard to depth changes. Also, if you find yourself in need of service for your boat or maybe some nice top name brand engine oil in bulk prices, stop by and check out the folks at Jet-A-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. These folks have a national reputation for great quality service, especially to tournament anglers coming here to fish our fine lakes.

If you are coming here for the tournaments or just to enjoy our great fall bass fishing and are thinking about getting a bass guide for a day or so, don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email. I only guide for bass and being the only full time guide here that specializes in nothing but bass, I consequently don't have very many dates left available this month or in October but do have a number of dates available in November. November by the way always has some of the best bass fishing days of the year for topwater, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. November of course can have some tough cold wet days but the good days make up for it...kind of like the month of March.

If you are in need of a guide for some fun bass fishing, tournament preparation, lake familiarization or technique instruction here are my open dates in Sept, Oct or Nov:

September: 25
October: 16, 17, 18, 19, 28, 30, 31
November: plenty of dates still me

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster Guide Service
Phone: 270-354-5039

"Fish With a Professional"