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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (10/20/2016)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

October 20, 2016

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

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

Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky
Dam was generating at an average rate of 20,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam
was generating at an average rate of 9,000 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 Condtions:  The water
temperatures dropped down to 69 late last week but then here came near record
high temperatures and high south winds last Sunday and this continued all
through this week until today.  The warm up brought the water temperatures back
up to present levels.  I reported in last week's report that we were in the
early stages of the fall transition with the first large schools of young
threadfin in the creeks and the larger shad roaming the main lake which has the
bass scattered as is the bite.  I also reported last week that after day 1 of
the FLW BFL tournament, that over 100 boats out of 180 boats weighed 2 fish or
less as indicative of this scattered bite.  The final results of the tournament
after 3 days of fishing showed that it only took just over 15lbs a day average
to win the tournament.  It only took a little over 13 lbs a day average over the
3 days for 5th place.  Only 3 boats in the top 12 weighed in a 5 fish limit each
day over the 3 days.  I read one recent report that said there were a lot of
huge bags weighed in that tournament.  Obviously, we have different
standards.  I expect this scattered bite will continue until the water
temperatures finally cool down enough to get more fish into the creeks and we
start seeing some schooling. 

The high winds kept us off the water a couple of
days this past week but we did manage to get on the water a few days.  As I
stated before, we are still in the early stages of the fall transition and the
fish remain scattered.  Our best patterns this week were some early morning top
water, finesse baits on seconday points in the creeks and bays and working
under the schools of surface feeding White Bass in the creeks and on the main
lake flats where there are some bass taking advantage of the injured shad being
knocked down to them by the Whites. 

 Two cold fronts moved through the lakes area
today.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a day time high of 62/ night time low
of 39 with wind NNW11.  Saturday's forecast shows a day time high of 65/ night
time low of 47 with wind W7.  Sunday's forecast shows a warming trend back
to our normal temperatures for this time of year with a day time high of
74/ night time low of 51 with wind SW11.  The extended forecast is showing day
time high's in the low 70's/ night time low's in the 50's with light 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
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 lures.
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.

 Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and
submerged stake beds in 9 - 12 ft of water in the creeks and bays.  These fish
are being taken by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows.
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 jumps on both the
main lake flats and in the creeks and bays where these fish can be taken by
casting inline spinners, blade baits and small topwater lures into the surface
feeding schools.

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, 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.

ELIMINATING WATER CLASS: I will be offering my class on how to
Eliminate Water again this winter during the months of January and February and
I will also teach a few classes next month in November. These classes are
limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8 hours.
The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people. These classes
have been very popular with my clients over the past few years and all the
feedback I get is very positive. Here is some examples of that

**Dave ... Harry and I took your "Eliminating Water" class and it has
helped both of us like you wouldn't believe! - J. Harris

**In the past 3
tourney's I have managed to get a limit on 3 separate lakes. Old Hickory,
Barkley, and Barren. Managed a 3rd place finish Sunday on Barkley with a 6lb
kicker. I have a lot more confidence when I hit the water now. I no longer pull
the old "that bank looks good, lets waste a few hours here". Thanks Dave - M.

**Well worth the money - and probably the most valuable thing I have
purchased in the terms of fishing. - K. Stephens

**The eliminating water
class is without a doubt the best money I've spent on fishing in my life. - D.

Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water

"How to Eliminate Water": This class is done
in a classroom environment. In this class you learn the most important thing
that you can learn as a bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the
Bass by finding the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of
the year that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what
information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high
percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this
information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions on
which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how to
adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the pattern from
day to day, season to season.

Basically, what I teach you in this class is
how to use knowledge of mother nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and
common sense to develop a system to find your fish as well as make decisions
before you get on the water and while you are on the water to be a more
consistent bass angler. What I teach you in this class is what I do every day as
a bass fishing guide when I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients.
What you will learn in this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this
is not specific to just Ky and Barkley Lakes.

Finding bass and making decisions as how to
catch bass is not done solely by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with
knowledge. There is no button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says "Go
Find Fish". Sonar units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show
you just that, a topographical map of the body of water you are on. The mapping
unit allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish
and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper
topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark "places of
interest" or as I call them "looks good" spots to go check out when you get on
the water...but finding high percentage spots are not "looks good" spots. High
percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what type spots have
the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the different seasons of
the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in the environment that will
affect the fish.

Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available.

Available Dates:

October: 24th

November: A number of dates still
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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