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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (10/13/2016)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

October 13, 2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.48  Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.15  Surface Temperature - 71

Both lakes are just slightly over winter
pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,800 cfs this
afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 6,200 cfs this
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

FLASH:  Thanks to all the folks that
contacted me over the past week to see if I was o.k.  since I did not publish a
report last week.  I failed to mention in my last report 2 weeks ago that I
would be attending my annual military reunion last week and that there would be
no report.  I apologize for failing to mention that, but it is nice to know so
many good folks are thinking about me.

General Conditions:  I mentioned
in my last report 2 weeks ago that the water temperatures indicated we should
see the fall transition start within the next few days.  As it happens, the next
day I saw that the transition indeed was underway in that a number of the creeks
and bays I visited that day had large schools of the small threadfin showing up
in the shallows which is always the first shad to show up shallow in numbers in
the fall.  So, we are definitely in transition and since my return to the water
this week, I have found these schools of shad in every creek and bay I fished. 
The transition got a late start this year and we are still about 3 degrees above
normal on our water temperatures, but we are headed in the right

This transition normally lasts about 5-6 weeks,
depending on water temperatures of course, and one can still expect a lot of
scattered fish as they are traveling now but it is nice to see us moving toward
the true fall patterns.  Our best bite this week came from top water lures in
the shallows in the creeks and bays but we also took fish on spinner baits,
lipless crank baits and square billed crank baits on the flats.  Finesse jigs on
secondary points in the creeks and bays also put fish in the boat.  I saw the
first day results of the FLW BFL Regional tournament which started today and the
results were about what I expect to see during the transition period.  First
place was 18lb 14 oz with 15lb 7 oz in 10th place.  Out of 180 boats, over 100
boats had 2 fish or less.  This is indicative of the scattered bite of the
transition period but it also indicates one can catch some nice fish if you are
on the right place at the right time.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 71/low
of 60 with a 20% chance of rain with post frontal E wind at 4.  Saturday's
forecast is calling for a high of 80/low of 65 with a 30% chance of showers with
wind S at 9.  Sunday is showing a high of 83/low of 66 with wind SSW at 12.  The
extended forecast into next mid week is showing daytime high's in the 80's/low's
in the 60's with south quadrant winds.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main
lake flats, main lake points and shallow pockets on the main lake near deep
water.  These fish are being taken on top water lures, spinner baits, lipless
crank baits and jigs.  Largemouth are being taken on shallow flats in the backs
of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays on top water
lures, lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and square billed crank baits. 
Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays on
medium running crank baits, finesse jigs and shaky heads.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are also
being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky secondary creek
channel banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on
medium running crankbaits, finesse jigs, shaky heads, dead sticked senko type
baits with some early and late topwater bite.
PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported
this week are: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Whopper
Ploppers in natural shad patterns, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer and rootbeer
chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baits in blue
glimmer and green gizzard shad, Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer, D&L
baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns, Charmer shaky heads
worms in green pumpkin.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken on main lake flats
as well as along the ledges on the main lake on inline spinners and minnows
fished vertically. Whites are also being taken on medium depth flats in the
creek and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry. These fish are being taken
with same techniques aforementioned techniques. There are some short lived jumps
on both the main lake and in the creeks and bays.

Fishermanís 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,
Fishermanís 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, Slongís lures, Picasso lures, Bag 5
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.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.


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 Comanche
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.

Available Dates:

October:  20, 21, 24, 26, 31

November: A number of dates still available.
Make your reservations now to get the date(s) you
want. I am also taking reservations now for next season.
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster
Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"
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