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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (11/18/2016)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

November 18, 2016
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.72  Surface Temperature - 61

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.65  Surface Temperature - 61

Both lakes are about 6 inches over winter
pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 10,000 cfs this
morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,300 cfs this
The latest lake levels
, current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at
Current Conditions:  Some low
night time temperatures earlier this week did drop the water temperatures down 4
degrees from last week's reported temperatures, but they leveled off with the
warmer weather the past few days.  Another cold front is going to pass though
the lakes area later today and this one will be a strong cold front which should
result in some lower water temperatures next early next week.  The bite is still
being reported as scattered and somewhat slow for the most part, but I have
received a number of reports of a few schooling fish on secondary points in the
front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on squared
billed crankbaits and lipless crankbaits but most of these fish are being
reported as smaller bass with a few keepers.  There have been some nice
individual fish being taken on the Alabama rig but no numbers of these fish are
being reported yet.

I was only out on the water a couple of days
earlier in the week due to a mechanical problem that put my boat in the shop for
repair for the past couple days.  We did catch some bass earlier in the week on
the lipless and square billed crankbaits on secondary points as well as a few
fish back on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water lures and dead
sticked Senko type baits.  We also managed a few Smallmouth on rocky secondary
points in the creeks and bays on finesse jigs and tube jigs.

I have decided to guide a few days in December
since the true fall bite is going to be late this year.  You can find my
available December dates at the bottom of this report.

The weather forecast for Saturday is for a high of
51/ night time low of 31 with wind WNW at 16 with higher gusts.  Sunday's
forecast is showing a high of 51/ night time low of 32 with wind NW at 8.  The
extended forecast into mid next week is showing day time high's in the 50's/
night time low's in the high 30's with prevailing south quadrant winds. 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on
primary main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays on square
billed and lipless crankbaits, Alabama rigs, finesse jigs and tube 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 sticked Senko type baits. 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 finesse jigs and tube jigs. 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, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer and rootbeer
chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baitss
in green gizzard shad, Strike King square billed crank bait in perch,  Slong's
spinner baits in blue glimmer, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw
and "oops" patterns and Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin black and green
pumpkin magic.

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.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 December. 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 Guide and Class Dates:
December:  11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
January and February: Eliminating Water Class only: 
plenty of dates still available...book now to get the dates you want for the class.

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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