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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report | Lakes

June 29, 2012

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.56 Surface Temperature – 84 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.55 Surface Temperature – 85

LakesBoth lakes are one and one half feet below summer pool with little change expected. Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average of 18,000 cfs around the clock this past week. Barkley Dam has been generating between 6000 – 7800 cfs around the clock this past week. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at .

I thought is was hot last week but the heat wave this week made me appreciate the 90’s we has last week. Daytime highs have been over the 100 degree mark for the past few days and this is forecasted to continue into early next week. No rain is in the forecast so the severe drought continues here in the lakes area. The forecast for the weekend is for daytime highs in the low 100’s and night time low’s in the mid 70’s. Light winds are in the forecast for the weekend and into next week also. Make sure you have plenty of cold water in the boat and drink more than you think you need. The ledge bite started picking up last weekend from the slower bite we had the week prior. The best daytime bite is early in the morning and again in the late evening. Slower presentations continue to be the best bite for us such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and dragging football head jigs. Drop shots and shaky heads are producing also. We have taken some fish on spoons and crankbaits but overall, the slower presentations are producing more bass for us. The feeds we are getting into are short lived on the tops of the ledges but we are finding more fish are holding over the deep sides of the ledges, especially on stumps and brush piles.

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, ripping spoons, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, dragging football head jigs, drop shots and shaky heads. The slower presentations are producing more fish for us when fished very slow. You must pay close attention because many of the bites are very light. Largemouth are also being taken around docks with wood cover and also in shallow water near wood cover. These shallower fish are feeding on schools of fry and can be taken with senko baits and shaky heads around the docks and on spinnerbaits Texas rigged small creature baits around the shallow wood.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs. Some Smallmouth are also being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel points with Carolina rigged tubes, shaky heads and jigs. The numbers of Smallmouth being taken are low but a few nice fish are being caught.

Night Bass Fishing: I had a number of reports of a good night bite on Largemouth and fair bite on Smallmouth this past week. The primary pattern has been fishng main lake channel points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays with dark skirted spinnerbaits.

Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike King XD 6 in sexy shad, Strike King Sexy Spoons in shad patterns, Charmer 10.5″ ribbon tail worm in plum, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Strike King rodent in Amistad Special, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin on shaky heads and drop shot rigs, Slong’s spinnerbait in blue glimmer and D&L football head jigs in Cumberland Craw and “Oops” patterns with Net Baits Kick NB trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw.

White Bass: Whites are being taken along the old river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as minnow rigs. Whites are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits.

Bluegills: Bluegills are being taken early and late in the day as well as at night around docks with wood cover. These fish are being taken on bobber rigs baited with crickets and small worms.

Catfish: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel near ledges in 20-30 ft of water with bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp combinations. Some Catfish are also being taken on bottom rigs with cut baits.

If you are coming to the lakes area to enjoy our great fishing, let me recommend you stop and spend some time in one or both of the area’s top bait and tackle shops: The Cabin Bait and Tackle is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. The Cabin also has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman’s Headquarters also boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for the bass anglers and now has a really good selection of Crappie fishing tackle featuring Wally Marshall “Mr Crappie” rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. You can also find the custom painted Bag 5 crankbaits you have seen mentioned in my report this spring. Phone: 270-527-5938.

Jet-A-Marina: If you have a problem with your boat while you are visiting our great fisheries, let me recommend you have the folks in the service department at Jet-a-Marina check it out. These folks have a well known reputation for trying to keep our visitors on the water while they are here if they can possibly do so, especially you tournament anglers. Hopefully you will not need this kind of assistance but if you do, you can find Jet-a-Marina located on U.S. 62 in Calvert City, just a couple of miles north of Kentucky Dam. Jet-a-Marina also has a great showroom for all your boating accessories and check out the new Ranger and Stratos bass boats too as well as bulk oil at rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030


Now is the time to make your reservations to learn how to fish the ledges. I offer a focused teaching trip on how to fish the ledges. This trip consists of a class on how to eliminate the water on your topo map before you leave home so that you can concentrate your time on only the highest percentage ledges while on the water as well as some time on the water to learn how to use your electronics on the ledges, set up on the ledges and learn the techniques used to fish the ledges. This teaching trip has been very popular over the past few years since I started offering it as it will teach you how to go out and find and fish those ledges on your own. To book one of these trips, all you have to do is give me a call or drop me an email to book one of my open dates.

Note: The price of the Ledge Teaching trip is 325.00, the same as all my full day trips. Per normal, I have been doing a lot of these trips the past few weeks and the feedback as always has been very positive.

GUIDE SERVICE: For those of you that may not be familiar with my service: I am a full time catch and release bass fishing guide. I only guide for bass. If you want a panfish guide, I would be happy to recommend one but if you want bass, that is what I do. If you book with my service, you will have me as your guide and you will be guided in the comfort of a late model Z522 Ranger Comanche equipped with 2 Lowrance HDS 10’s. I provide just for fun bass fishing trips, tournament preparation trips, focused teaching trips and technique instruction. If you are in need of a bass fishing guide, give me a call or drop me an email.

I have the following dates still available in June, July and August for guided trips:

June: Sorry, I am booked up.

July: 18, 23, 30, 31

August: Plenty of dates available. Summer is the time to learn how to fish the ledges. Call me or drop me an email to make a reservation for one of my open dates.

Of course we are taking bookings for the fall fishing also so now is the time to make your reservations for September, October and November in order to get the dates you want.

Captain Dave Stewart Bass Buster Guide Service 270-362-9987

“Fish With a Professional” “Fish With a Professional”

Captain Dave Stewart Bass Buster Guide Service 270-362-9987 This is new phone Jan. 2012



Lakes“Specializing in Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Familiarization, Tournament Preparation, and Technique Instruction”

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