November 14, 2014 - by Kentucky Lake / Lake Barkley Guide Dave Stewart
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool. Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 58,000 cfs over the past 24 hours. Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 25,000 cfs over the past 24 hours. 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 . With the lake levels down, everyone needs to be cautious when navigating the lakes. Use the navigation channels unless you know exactly where you are and if you are not sure, idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water.
As I sure everyone is aware, winter showed up with a vengeance earlier this week when the arctic vortex dropped south putting most of the country in a deep freeze. We have not been on the water since the freezing temperatures moved into the area on Tuesday but prior to the deep freeze we had a couple good days and one slow day since my last report.
The good days were marked with schooling Largemouth in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of gizzard and threadfin shad. These fish were gorging themselves and we were taking them on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons. Of course the water temperatures dropped drastically since last weekend, especially in the creeks and bays. As I mentioned, we have not been on the water since the deep freeze hit us and I have not had any reports from anyone in my network as those folks have not been on the water either. I would expect anglers will find that winter patterns will be emerging when this freezing weather pattern finally moves off with suspending jerkbaits, Alabama rigs and jigs being at the forefront of producing lures.
This deep freeze is forecasted to last at least through next mid week with a slight warming trend by next weekend but still below normal for this time in November. The forecast for the weekend is for a high of 40 on Saturday and low of 28 with wind E5. Sunday is showing a high of 45 and low of 27 with a 40% chance of mixed precipitation with wind NNW4. Round two of the deep freeze is forecasted for the beginning of next week with high's in the 30's and low's in the teens through at least midweek.
This will be my last weekly report for the season as I normally guide through the end of this month, but my scheduled clients and I both agreed that winter is now here and neither they nor I have any desire to go out on the water in these freezing temperatures. I will however over the next 3 months write reports when I have enough valid information to write an accurate report. My weekly reports will resume again during the last week of February when I go back on the water.
FLASH: Since I will not be on the water for the remainder of this month, I am offering to teach my Eliminating Water Class on days I still have available this month. I have the following dates available for this class:
November: 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26
ELIMINATING WATER CLASS: I will be offering my class on how to Eliminate Water again this winter during the months of January and February and I will also teach a few classes in November (see above). These classes are limited to one or two people per class. The classes last approximately 8 hours. The cost of the class is 200.00 which covers one or two people. These classes have been very popular with my clients over the past few years and all the feedback I get is very positive. Here is some examples of that feedback:
**Dave ... Harry and I took your "Eliminating Water" class and it has helped both of us like you wouldn't believe! - J. Harris
**In the past 3 tourney's I have managed to get a limit on 3 separate lakes. Old Hickory, Barkley, and Barren. Managed a 3rd place finish Sunday on Barkley with a 6lb kicker. I have a lot more confidence when I hit the water now. I no longer pull the old "that bank looks good, lets waste a few hours here". Thanks Dave - M. King
**Well worth the money - and probably the most valuable thing I have purchased in the terms of fishing. - K. Stephens
**The eliminating water class is without a doubt the best money I've spent on fishing in my life. - D. Page
Here is a short description of the Eliminating Water Class:
"How to Eliminate Water": This class is done in a classroom environment. In this class you learn the most important thing that you can learn as a bass fisherman, that is, how eliminate water to find the Bass by finding the highest percentage spots during all the different seasons of the year that will hold more fish, more often. In this class you will learn what information you need to know in order to eliminate water to find these high percentage spots during your preplanning for a trip and how to apply this information as well as current environmental conditions to make decisions on which techniques you should be using when on the water that day and how to adjust to environment changes that can move your fish or change the pattern from day to day, season to season.
Basically, what I teach you in this class is how to use knowledge of mother nature by using scientific knowledge, logic and common sense to develop a system to find your fish as well as make decisions before you get on the water and while you are on the water to be a more consistent bass angler. What I teach you in this class is what I do every day as a bass fishing guide when I am trying to find and catch bass with my clients. What you will learn in this class will apply anywhere you go bass fishing, this is not specific to just Ky and Barkley Lakes. Finding bass and making decisions as how to catch bass is not done solely by looking at electronics, it is accomplished with knowledge. There is no button on your sonar unit or mapping unit that says "Go Find Fish". Sonar units show you fish AFTER you find them. Mapping units show you just that, a topographical map of the body of water you are on.
The mapping unit allows you to mark spots on your electronic map where you have found fish and assist you in navigating back to those spots. Just as with a paper topographical map, you can scan over an electronic map and mark "places of interest" or as I call them "looks good" spots to go check out when you get on the water...but finding high percentage spots are not "looks good" spots. High percentage spots are selected by having the knowledge of what type spots have the highest percentage chance of holding bass during the different seasons of the year coupled with how to apply what is going on in the environment that will affect the fish.
Call or email me to book your class date while dates are still available!
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 www.tackleexperts.com . The Cabin has a great delicatessen where you can get that early morning breakfast sandwich or enjoy a delicious lunch.
FLASH: THE CABIN BAIT AND TACKLE will be hosting a Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 22nd from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All guns will be offered at 10% over cost during this event and there will be store specials announced hourly. The Cabin Deli and Treasures located in the store will have breads and candies available as well as jewelry, clothing and gift items for Christmas! For more information you can contact the Cabin Bait and Tackle at 270-388-6440.
Fisherman's Headquarters is located in Draffenville at the U.S. 68/U.S. 641 triangle. Fisherman's Headquarters boasts a great selection of the latest in rods, reels and lures for bass anglers that are on the market, not to mention one of the best selection of high end lures and local custom lures we use here on Ky/Barkley lakes. You can find many of the custom lures you see in my fishing reports there including the Bag5 custom painted crank baits and jerk baits. Fisherman's Headquarters also has a really good selection of Crappie and panfish tackle featuring Wally Marshall "Mr Crappie" rods, reels, lures and line as well as live baits. 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 18 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.
I am currently taking reservations for my Eliminating Water Class for this month and the months of January and February. Call or email now to make your reservation. I am also taking reservations for next season and the spring bookings are coming in so if you are wanting a particular date for next spring you should be calling or emailing me now to make your reservation while I still have dates available!