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

November 11, 2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.44  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.45  Surface Temperature - 65

Both lakes are a few inches over winter
pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 11,000 cfs this
morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 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.

General Conditions:  We had above
average temperatures and light winds early this week but a couple of dry cold
fronts have passed through the area over the past couple of days and dropped the
temperatures.  This has dropped the water temperatures to present levels which
is certainly a move in the right direction toward getting our water temperatures
in alignment for the fall feeding pattern to begin.  We are still running about
8-9 degrees above normal for this time in November.  The bass bite is still
scattered and slow as I have been reporting for a while now.  The Murray State
Invitational tournament was held last weekend on Kentucky Lake with over 20
boats.  The report I received was that the tournament was won with around 13lbs
and that there were no 5 fish limits weighed.  The Murray State bass team had a
club tournament on Lake Barkley last Sunday and it was reported to me that 7 lbs
won that tournament with no limits weighed. 
The good news is the forecast.  If the present
forecast holds, we should see the water temperatures continue to drop and
hopefully this will move us into a true fall pattern of more actively feeding
schools of fish.  If anyone remembers, this same pattern of high
water temperatures occurred last fall and the true fall bite did not begin until
after Thanksgiving once the temperatures finally reached fall feeding
temperatures.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 57/ night time low of
33 with wind NE at 8.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 62/ night time low
of 39 with wind S at 4.  The extended forecast into mid next week shows
seasonable temperatures with daytime high's in the low to mid 60's/ night time
low's in the mid 40's with another dry cold front coming through the area on
Tuesday bringing more north 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 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.

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.

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 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 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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