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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (11/4/2016)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

November 4, 2016
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.33  Surface Temperature - 68 

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.25  Surface Temperature - 68

Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky
Dam was generating at an average rate of 13,800 cfs early this afternoon. 
Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 cfs early 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.

General Conditions:  Up until
today we had record or near record high temperatures in the 80's all week.  This
of course did nothing in the way of bringing the water temperatures down, in
fact the water temperatures went up a little.  So, we are still in the patterns
of early fall transition as far as water temperatures and fish movements are
concerned and the bite remains scattered and slow.  We had a few days over the
past week with a little more than a limit of keeper sized Largemouth in the boat
but we had to work for them and other days it was just a few fish in the boat. 
Our best bite overall was going with top water early in the morning and then
fishing under the schools of small white bass and yellow bass on the flats when
they were actively chasing schools of small shad.  Most of our fish came by
fishing with weightless dead stick baits under these fish but we did manage a
few on lipless crank baits and spinner baits on this pattern.
We had a weak cold front pass through the lakes
area last night and the air temperatures have dropped back some but we are still
above average for this time of the year.  The water temperatures are running
about 9 degrees above normal for this first week in November.  The forecast for
tomorrow (Saturday) is for a high of 67/ night time low of 44 with wind NE at
4.  Sunday's forecast is showing a warm up with a high of 70/ night time low of
46.  The extended forecast through mid next week is for day time high's in the
low 70's and night time low's around 50 with light winds each day.
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 weight less dead stick baits.
Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays on
medium running crank baits, finesse jigs and shaky heads. The bite is slow and
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. The bite is slow
and scattered.
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, Yozuri popping baits in ghost lemon, 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 and minnow
rigs fished vertically.  The Crappie bite is reported as fair to good.
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.

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.

FLASH:  Fisherman's Headquarters now has in stock
the original Hydrilla Gorilla Buzz Baits that were so popular and productive
some years ago.  These baits are now in production again and Fisherman's
Headquarters has them!
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 this month. 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 Guide and Class Dates:
November: A few 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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