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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (2/28/2017)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

February 28, 2017
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.56  Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.60  Surface Temperature - 55

Both lakes are about one half foot over
winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 33,000 cfs this
afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 19,000 cfs this
The latest lake
levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at
This week kicks off my 22nd season as a full time
bass guide here on the big lakes.  I am looking forward to a new season on the
water with all my great clients.  Thanks to all the folks that kept me busy this
winter so many of my Eliminating Water Classes.  I will now be resuming my
weekly fishing reports since I am back on the water and will have good first
hand information on the fishing. 

Current Conditions:  As most of you know, we have
had a very mild winter here and the water temperatures have remained relatively
high.  This has kept the fish feeding all winter and a lot of folks have had one
of the best winter seasons here in a long time.  The current water temperatures
are about 5-7 degress above normal for the first week in March and we are seeing
a number of early prespawn patterns on the lakes.  Bass are being taken on main
lake ledges, main lake channel points and banks as well as on creek channel
points and banks in the creeks and bays.  Some fish are also cruising the
shallow flats on the main lake and also back shallow in the creeks and bays on
warmer days. 

The forecast for tomorrow is for a 90% chance of
severe storms early with a high of 66 and wind W at 20 plus, Thursday is calling
for a morning low of 36/ high of 55 with wind W at 9.  Friday is calling for a
morning low of 32/ high of 50 with wind N at 7.  Saturday is calling for a
morning low of 34/high of 64 with wind SSW at 10.  Sunday is calling for a high
of 46/high of 65 with wind SSW at 11.  Be sure to check the latest wind and
weather forecast before venturing on the water as the weather forecasts can
change rapidly this time of year.
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are
being taken on main lake ledges on Alabama rigs and jigs.  Largemouth are being
taken on main lake channel points and banks on Alabama rigs, medium running
crank baits, suspending jerk baits, shakey heads and jigs.  Largemouth are being
taken on channel banks and secondary points in the creeks and bays on Alabama
rigs, suspending jerk baits,  medium running crank baits, jigs and shakey
heads.  Some fish are being taken on shallow main lake flats and on flats in the
backs of the creeks and bays on warm days on lipless crank baits and shallow
running crank baits.

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are
being taken on main lake ledges on Alabama rigs and jigs.  Smallmouth are also
being taken on main lake channel points and banks on Alabama rigs, medium
running crank baits, suspending jerk baits, tube jigs and jigs.  The numbers are
low but some nice fish have been taken. 

Productive Lures:  Some of the
productive lures reported this week are Picasso Bait Ball  Alabama rigs with
Kitech swim baits in pearl blue and white as well as Big Hammer swim baits in
pearl white.  Rapala shadraps in demon and red craw, Rapala shad raps in demon,
red craw and original crawdad.  Megabass suspending jerk baits in Ito Watsugi,
Lucky Craft suspending jerk baits in pearl ayu and aurora black.  D&L jigs
in "oops" and cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in cumberland craw, Charmer shakey
head jigs and Slong's shakey head jigs with Charmer shakey head worms in green
pumpkin and Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin/purple, Strike King red eye shad
lipless crank baits in red craw and chrome sexy shad.  Spro Little John shallow
crank baits in spring craw and chartreuse with black back.

Crappie:  Crappie are being taken
by vertically fishing with jigs tipped with minnows and Crappie nibles over
staging brush piles and deep stake beds in the front halves of the creeks and
bays in 12-15 ft of water and also the 8-10 ft range.  Some Crappie are being
taken on warm days by casting curly tail jigs to the banks near brush piles and
fishing with minnows under bobbers in 4-6 ft of water. 


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.

Available Dates:
March:  Sorry, I am booked up.
April:  Sorry, I am booked up.
May:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23
Of course I am taking reservations for the rest of the season
also through November.

Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster
Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"
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