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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (6/1/2017)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

June 1, 2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 359.28  Surface Temperature - 76

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
359.30  Surface Temperature - 76
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky
Dam was generating at an average rate of 63,500 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam
was generating at an average rate of 34,500 cfs this afternoon. 
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.

Current Conditions:  The past few
days we have had flat water and the forecast for the weekend indicates this will
continue with light winds.  We have had some good days this week on the
ledges with only one day that I would classify as a slow bite but some fish can
still be taken even on a slow bite day. There are still post spawn fish coming
out in the creeks and bays.  We had two mornings this week with multiple limits
on post spawn creek channel points before going to the ledges later in the
morning.  There are also some bass still being taken shallow in the creeks and
bays where males are guarding nests.  We are still seeing a number of smaller
schools of bass on the ledges holding around the bottoms of the ledges so make
sure you are covering all depths on the ledges.  Our best bite on the
ledges this week was on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms
and dragging football head jigs.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86/night
time low of 64 with a 20% chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms with
wind E at 5.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 87/night time low of
67 with wind ESE at 7.  Sunday's forecast shows a high of 87/night time low of
67 with a 50% chance of thunderstorms with wind WSW at 7.  The extended forecast
into next mid week is calling for daytime high's in the 80's, night time low's
in the 60's with north quadrant winds.

Largemouth are being taken in the shallows around brush as they
are guarding nests with topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs
and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary points just
outside the spawning areas on crank baits, chatter baits, Carolina and Texas
rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken on
primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the
mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank
baits, swim baits, spoons, Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature
baits and jigs.

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are
being taken on the main lake points and secondary points in the front halves of
the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Carolina rigged
creature baits and tube jigs. The numbers are low but some nice fish have been
taken. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on ledges (same as above) on crank
baits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.
Productive Lures: Some of the
productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon,
Strike King spash baits in white, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartruese,
Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill and sexy shad, Strike King XD 6  and XD 10 in
Tennessee shad, sexy shad and chartruese sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Big
Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Kitech swim baits in pro blue,
D&L jigs in "oops" and cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in cumberland craw,
Slong's spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese,
Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum on Texas rigs, Charmer lizards and timber
pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue and

 Bluegill/Red Ear: Bluegills and Red Ears are being taken
around brush shallow as well as on the spawning flats in the creeks and bays in
2-5 ft of water. Crickets, red worms, wax worms under bobbers and red worms and
pinched night crawlers fish on bottom on split shot rig is the ticket for these
tasty fish.   Expect the Bluegill bite to increase with a second wave with the
full moon approaching late next week. 

Catfish: Channel catfish are being taken on rocky banks
and points as well as rocky bottom flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are
being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some good
numbers of these fish are being reported.

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 Commanche
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.
Ledge Teaching:

I am also taking bookings for my Ledge Teaching trip.
The Ledge Teaching trip consists of both classroom and time on the water. This
trip not only teaches you how to find the highest percentage ledges but also
what you are looking for on your electronics and how to interpret what you are
seeing, how to search the ledges, set up on the ledges as well as making
decisions on what type lures you should be throwing depending on enviromental
conditions. You do not learn how to find and fish the best ledges by simply
looking at your electronics....it takes knowledge to find and fish the best
ledges, the electronics are just a tool to assist you in seeing the fish after
you find them
Available Dates:
June: 30th
July: A number of available dates, make your reservation now
to get the date(s) you want.
Of course I am taking reservations for the rest of the season
also through November. Make your reservations now to get the dates you
Captain Dave Stewart
Bass Buster
Guide Service
"Fish With a Professional"
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