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Fishing report
Kentucky/Barkley (4/21/2017)
Submitted by: Dave Stewart
Email Author

April 21, 2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam
- 358.51  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam -
358.75  Surface Temperature - 68

Both lakes are about one half foot below
summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 52,000 cfs this
morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,400 cfs this
The latest lake levels
, current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at
Current Conditions:  Lake levels
rose rapidly nearing the end of last week and reached summer pool levels earlier
this week.  The TVA has dropped the lake levels about 6 inches over the past 24
hours.  Above average temperatures this week gave to a rapid rise in the water
temperatures to present levels (4 degrees rise over the past week).  All of
these environmental changes seemed to scatter the bass as they started traveling
in large numbers to the shallows.  Some bass are on the beds now but there are
still fish staging just outside the spawning areas.

My experience this week is that the spawning
progression is different in each creek and bay and you just have to figure out
if the bite is better on staging areas or back in the spawning areas in each
creek or bay that you fish.  Certainly having the TVA starting to play with the
water levels up and down right now during the spawn is not going to help matters
any.  We managed limits every day this week but we had to work for them and
numbers of big females were scarce for us.  We found the best bite for us over
all was Texas rigged creature baits and whacky worms as well as some spinner
bait bite around submerged flowers both in the spawning areas and on staging
points just off the spawning flats.  Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky
heads and jigs were also producing in the staging areas. 

The weather forecast for this weekend is not a good
one.  A cold front passed through the lakes area last night and it is a strong
cold front.  The forecast for Saturday is showing a high of 54/night time low of
46 with thunderstorms and wind NE at 20.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of
63/night time low of 46 with rain showers and wind N at 15.  Monday is showing
at high in the 70's/night time low of 52 with light winds and blue skies. 
Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary
points just outside the spawning areas on  spinner baits, Carolina rigged
creature baits, jigs and shakey heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow
in the creeks and bays in the spawning areas near vegatation and wood cover on
topwater lures,  spinner baits, Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and whacky
rigged worms.  These fish are on late prespawn and spawning
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are
being taken on main lake channel points and banks as well as on secondary points
and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays on medium running
crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs. The numbers are
low but some nice fish have been taken. These fish are on post spawn patterns
Productive Lures: Some of the
productive lures reported this week are D&L jigs in "oops" and cumberland
craw, Slong's jigs in cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, 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, Slong's spinner baits
in white/chartruese, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina
rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Zoom trick worms whacky rigged in
green pumpkin, green pumpkin/purple and watermelon/purple.
Crappie: The rapid rise in water
levels seemed to have scattered the Crappie somewhat this week. Some Crappie are
on post spawn patterns and holding over cover in 10-15 feet of water by trolling
small crankbaits or vertically fishing with small jigs and minnow/jig
combinations. The are still some Crappie  staging around brush and underwater
stake beds in 8-10 ft of water. These fish are being taken by vetically fishing
with jigs and minnow jig combinations as well as slow trolling curly tail jigs.
The reports indicate that the shallow bite on spawning Crappie in 3-6 ft of
water is scattered but some fish are being taken on small jigs and minnows under
bobbers and by casting curly tail jigs and road runner type lures.

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.
Available Dates:
April: Sorry, I am booked up.

May:  8,15, 16, 17,18, 20, 23, 24

June: 13, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29, 30

 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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