May 31, 2012
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.48 Surface Temperature - 79
Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.55 Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are one and one half feet below summer pool with little change over the past couple of weeks. Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average between 14,000 - 16,000 cfs over the past couple of days. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average of 6,000 cfs around the clock over the past week. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm .
We are actually getting some rain this evening here in the lakes area with a strong storm front passing though. I am not sure if this will assist in bringing up the lake levels but the rain is certainly a welcome site since we have been in a severe drought here for a while now. We will be post frontal tomorrow (Friday) with a pleasant high of 73 accompanied by NW winds around 16 mph forecasted. The weekend forecast is calling for sunny skies with a high of 80 on Saturday with west winds at 11 and a high of 88 on Sunday with southwest winds at 7. As always, make sure you check the latest weather and wind forecasts before venturing on the lakes as weather and wind forecasts can and do change.
The water temperatures shot up like a rocket with the record heat we had over the past holiday weekend and although we are still catching Largemouth and Smallmouth, the ledge bite slowed down some in comparison to the very active ledge bite we had going before the heat wave hit. What we have been seeing this week is a somewhat slower bite with short lived feeds of a few and just one or two fish now and then. The slow approach techniques of Carolina rigging small creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs has been the best producers although we are getting a few fish on deep diving crankbaits and swim baits. I expect that this weather change with some fresh water from the heavy rains this evening will wake the fish up and get the ledge fish a little more active for the weekend and the coming week. The most active fish this week from the reports I have received and from the folks I have talked to on the water have been the White Bass. The White Bass anglers have been having a very good bite this week vertically fishing the old river channel ledges and deeper creek channel ledges. I have seen a lot of surface activity both on the main lake flats and around the mouths of the creeks and bays but the surface feeders appear to be small fish.
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, swim baits, Carolina rigged small creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken around docks and on secondary points in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry. These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, with Texas rigged worms and creature baits, jigs and shaky heads working on the points and unweighted senkos, finesse jigs and shaky heads working around the docks during the day.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on Carolina rigged small creature baits and dragging football head jigs. I have not had any reports yet on the night Smallmouth fishing we normally see getting started good this time of year but I would expect I should be hearing about some of this night fishing pattern soon.
Some of the productive lures reported this week: Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD 6 and Series 6 crankbaits in sexy shad, Yozuri Pop n Splash in lemon ghost pattern, Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5 " ribbon tail worm in plum and green pumpkin, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Yamamoto senkos in green pumpkin/black fleck and D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns with Net Baits Kick n b trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw.
White Bass: White Bass have been reported as good this week with numbers being taken along the old river channel and deeper old creek channel ledges. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.
Catfish: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by with bottom rigs baited with cut baits and night crawlers.
WELCOME THE FLW TOUR: The FLW Professionals will be here on the lakes this coming week with the tournament days being June 7 - 10.
Anglers will take off from Kentucky Dam Marina located at 466 Marina Drive in Gilbertsville, Ky., at 6:30 a.m. each morning. Thursday and Fridayís weigh-ins will be held at Kentucky Dam Marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundayís final weigh-ins will be held at the CFSB Center at Murray State University in Murray beginning at 4 p.m.
Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the CFSB Center on Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. On Sunday the first 300 children 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult will receive a free rod and reel combo courtesy of WKYQ 93.3. Also on Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a Can-Am ATV courtesy of The Paducah Sun. The ATV giveaway is free to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sundayís final weigh-in to win.
As part of the FLW Tourís community outreach initiative, FLW will be working in conjunction with the Murray-Calloway County Parks Department to participate in the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Kidís Fishing Day, which will feature more than 300 local children aged preschool to 15 years old. FLW anglers will be on hand to fish with the children and participate in the dayís activities. OFF! will be donating cans of insect repellant for all children who participate. The activities will be June 2 from 8-11 a.m. at the Imes Farm located at 4064 U.S. Hwy. 641 N. in Murray.
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:
THE CABIN BAIT AND TACKLE WILL HOST A "MEET THE PRO'S" event on Saturday, June 2nd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Stop by and meet FLW Tour Professionals Scott Canterbury, Brent Ehrler, Ramey Colson, Justin Lucas and Luke Clausen as well as FLW Co Anglers Maurice Cobb, Brandon Hunter and Tim Griggs. There will be free give aways from Pure Fishing and special store pricing during the event. 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 WILL HOST A "MEET THE PRO'S" event on Saturday, June 2nd from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Come by and meet FLW Tour Professionals: "The General" Larry Nixon, FLW Tour Champion Scott Martin, topwater expert Stacey King, Kentucky Lake legends Dan Morehead and Terry Bolton, young guns Cody Meyer and Jacob Powroznik and more! There will be free refreshments and store specials during the event. 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.
Plan your Saturday schedule now to attend both these events.....What a great way to spend a Saturday!!
LEDGE FISHING CLASSES:
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.
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. 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 and August: Plenty of dates available. Give me a call or drop me an email to book your trip. July and August are great months to learn how to fish the ledges.
Captain Dave Stewart
"Fish With a Professional"