The Original Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Site Since 1996


Provided by

Dave Stewart

Bass Buster Guide Service

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report

May 21, 2015
Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.81  Surface Temperature - 72
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.85  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes are about one foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating an average of 25,000 cfs this afternoon.   Barkley Dam was generating an average of 16,000 cfs this afternoon.  The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at
FLASH:  Please have fun this weekend but also please remember to take some time to pause and give thanks to all those that have given their all so that we may enjoy the great freedoms that we are blessed with here in this great country. 
General Conditions:  Runoff from the heavy rains last weekend raised the lake levels about one foot earlier this week. We have been post frontal for most of the this week with some cooler temperatures and north winds.  Overall the ledge bite has been good this past week for the Largemouth which is where we concentrated our efforts.  The better bite was coming on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging heavy football head jigs.  We had some very nice fish this week up to 7lbs as the ledge bite is developing nicely.  This will be a very busy weekend on the lakes with lots of boat traffic as the unofficial summer boating season begins.  Please be careful and drive your boat defensively and be courteous to other boaters and anglers. 
The weather forecast for the holiday weekend looks pretty good although some possibility of some thunderstorms is in the picture.  The forecast for tomorrow is a high of 77/ low of 55 with wind NNW3.  Saturday is showing a high of 78/low of 61 with wind ESE6.  Warmer weather returns Sunday with a forecasted high of 85/low of 67 with a 50% chance of evening thunderstorms and wind SSE10.  The extended forecast through next week is showing high's in the 80's with low's in the 60's with a chance of thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on a myriad of patterns right now. Some largemouth are being taken on early post spawn ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also still being taken around the spawning brush, especially those with grass and/or flowers. These fish are being taken with jigs, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, spinnerbaits, whacky rigged worms and some topwater lures.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads.
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD6 in chartreuse sexy shad,  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with Missle baits turbo tail and Net Baits Baby Paca craw trailers, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slong's football head jigs in mustang with Net Baits Paca Punch trailers in green pumpkin, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black.
Catfish: The Channel Catfish are being taken in numbers right now on rocky banks and points on the main lake and on the flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken with night crawlers under bobbers and on bottom rigs as well as on jug lines baited with night crawlers and threadfin shad.
Bluegill/Red Ears: The Bluegills and Red Ears are still bedding. The Bluegills are being taken with crickets under bobbers on shallow flats in 3-5 feet of water near vegatation. The Red Ears are being taken on split shot rigs baited with worms and slow rolled on gravel bars in 4-7 feet of water. 
If you are coming to the big lakes here to enjoy our great fishing, make sure you stop by these businesses for all your fishing and boating needs:

The Cabin Bait and Tackle
is located in Kuttawa on U.S. 62 about one mile west of the I-24/U.S. 62 interchange. The Cabin Bait and Tackle has a great selection of the latest in rods, reels, lures for you bass anglers and also a great selection of tackle for the panfish anglers to include live bait. You can also find a selection of bows and guns for the hunter as well as personal handguns in the store. The Cabin also hosts the a website where you can order all your fishing needs with free shipping on all orders over 50.00. Be sure to check them out at . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch. Phone: 270-388-6440.

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 and All Pro Rods. 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, Stratos and Triton 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 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 sonar 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:
May: Sorry, I am booked up.
June: Sorry, I am booked up.
July: Plenty of weekday dates or email to make your reservation now!
Call me or drop me an email to book your late summer and fall trips with me now. The sooner you make a reservation, the more likely you are to get the date(s) you want.
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 sonar 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.

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