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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (3/10/2017)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

March 10, 2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 354.72  Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
354.75  Surface Temperature - 56

Both lakes are almost one foot above winter
pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 62,000 cfs this
morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 50,200 cfs this
The latest lake levels
, current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at

General Conditions:  Typical of
March, the weather has been up and down this past week with two major fronts
having transversed the area.  Both fronts were preceeded by nice warm days
followed by some colder weather after frontal passages.  The second of these
fronts passed through the lakes area last night.  We had a beautiful day
yesterday with temperatures reaching into the 70's and this morning we have
heavy coat weather with temperatures in the 30's.  Fishing success this past
week has reflected these ups and downs with some days being productive and some
days somewhat tougher.  Patterns have remained about the same as last week with
bass being taken from the main lake shallow ledges and points to the shallows. 
The deeper bite has been more consistant but some nice fish have been taken
shallow in the creeks and bays and on shallow main lake flats near deeper

Looks like winter is back for the near future with
Saturday's forecast showing a high of 39/ morning low of 30 with some rain
turning to snow during the afternoon and evening.  The wind forecast for
Saturday is NNE 10.  Sunday is showing a high of 45/morning low of 25 with wind
NE 6.  The extended forecast into mid next week is for daytime high's in the mid
40's/morning low's in the 30's with north quadrant winds.  Make sure you check
the latest weather and wind forecasts before you venture on the water.  The
forecast 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
and Lewis rattletrap lipless crank baits in crawfish patterns. 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, 8,12, 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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