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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (8/25/2017)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

August 25, 2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 356.90  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
356.75  Surface Temperature - 83

Both lakes are 2 feet below summer pool and
on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,000
cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,000 cfs
this afternoon. 
The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA
lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions:  The short
heat wave we experienced over this past weekend and earlier this week raised the
water temperatures a couple of degrees but the cooling down we have had after
Tuesday's frontal passage has dropped the water temperatures back to present
levels.  The extended forecast looks good for more cooling of the water
temperatures moving us closer the temperatures we need to start the early fall
transition patterns.  The bass bite is still slow and scattered on the lakes
with some being taken off ledges and some being taken off points on the main
lake and in the creeks and bays, especially near wood cover.  There is still
some early and late top water bite here and there but mostly on the secondary
points in the creeks and bays and some on the main lake as the spring fry
schools have moved deeper.  Overall the bite remains slow and
Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as
well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These
fish are being taken on swim baits,Texas rigged large worms, drop shot rigs,
shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are being
taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on main lake points
and shallow flats early and late in the day on topwater lures as they are
feeding on schools of fry. Some Largemouth are also being taken shallow near
isolated wood cover and around docks with cover during the day on spinner baits,
texas rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs, Senko type baits and
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are
being taken on main lake points and on ledges during the day on jigs and
Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth and Largemouth are being taken at
night on rocky main lake points and rocky points inside the mouths of creeks and
bays on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs.

Productive Lures: Some of the
productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft
Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King spash baits in white, Big Hammer swim
baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, D&L jigs in "oops" and cumberland craw,
Slong's jigs in cumberland craw and black/blue, Charmer and Zoom large worms in
green pumpkin on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, Charmer lizards and timber pups
on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue and
watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms and zoom trick worms on shaky head
jigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple and Charmer tubes in smoke purple
and green pumpkin/orange flake on tube jig heads rigged stupid style, Zoom fluke
junior in white and variations of green pumpkin robo worms on drop shots.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken along main lake
ledges and the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays with in line
spinners and blade baits fished vertically as well as by trolling medium running
crank baits in these areas.
Catfish: Channels and blues are being taken along river ledges in 20-30
feet of water on cut baits on bottom rigs.

Fisherman’s Headquarters is located in
Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle, or the Draffenville "Y". FHQ
stocks everything an angler could need, from live bait, hooks and bobbers to top
of the line tournament bass tackle. More than a "bait and tackle" store,
Fisherman’s Headquarters is a true "pro shop", offering advice, training and
special order assistance not found online or at the big box retailers. Services
even include custom electronics training and installation. The store offers a
wide variety of nationally known brands as well as many regional and hard to
find items we use on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. They stock many of the products
I rely on daily, such as Charmer Baits, Slong’s lures, Picasso lures and Pro
Tungsten weights. From bluegill to bass and catfish to crappie, FHQ has you
covered! Stop by and visit or phone 270-527-5938

FLASH: Fisherman's Headquarters has
recently received a shipment of the sought after Realis crank baits and jerk
baits as well as Lucky Craft 100 series Sammy's and 115 Series Gunfish in my
favorite Ghost Pearl Lemon colors just in time for the upcoming fall bite. The
store also now has a selection of the now popular "HeyBo" clothing in stock.

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 bass boats too as well as bulk oil at
rock bottom prices for your engine. Phone: 270-395-4030.


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. I
have been guiding for bass full time on these lakes for over 20 years and bass
fishing the lakes for over 30 years. I do not go out and fish panfish for 4 or 5
days and then try to guide on bass for one or two days.
No one knows everything the bass are doing but one thing is
for sure, if you only fish for bass day in and day out, you will have a lot
better idea of what they are doing and also be familiar with all the different
techniques it takes to be a successful bass angler.
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 Commanche
equipped with Lowrance HDS electronics and top of the line tackle. 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.
Ledge Teaching:
I am also taking bookings for my Ledge Teaching trip.
The Ledge Teaching trip consists of both classroom and time on the water. This
trip not only teaches you how to find the highest percentage ledges but also
what you are looking for on your electronics and how to interpret what you are
seeing, how to search the ledges, set up on the ledges as well as making
decisions on what type lures you should be throwing depending on enviromental
conditions. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply
looking at your electronics....it takes knowledge to find and fish the best
ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish after
you find them.
Available Dates:
August: Sorry, I am booked up.
September, October and November: I have a number of
dates available. Make your reservations now for the fall fishing to get the
date(s) you want.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster
Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"
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