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Dave Stewart

Bass Buster Guide Service
Captain Dave Stewart
(270) 362-9987
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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

For October 19, 2017

Report for all of Kentucky Lake north of Paris Landing & Lake Barkley north of the state line

Current Conditions:  Water temperatures continue to be on a roller coaster pattern with water temperatures dropping to the high 60's earlier this week with a couple of mornings with air temperatures in the 30's and now on the rise again as another wave of higher than normal air temperatures for this time of year over the past couple days. 

The water temperatures are still running about 5 degrees above normal for this time in October and this has keep the fish stuck in transitions patterns of being scattered and the bass bite remains scattered and overall slow. 

Tournament results from this past weekend showed again only a few bags having a tournament limit of 5 fish with a large number of bags only getting 2 keepers or less. 

An example would be the Illinois Team Trail classic held last Friday and Saturday.  The tournament winners won a new Ranger boat with 25lbs total over the 2 days.  This is an average of 12.5 lbs. per day.  There was a team that had a 20lb bag the first day with a 10lb kicker and then they zeroed on day 2. 

I have talked to a lot of bass anglers this week that are reporting catching a few short fish or only one or two keepers in one or two days of fishing.  I have not had any days without bass this week but most of our catch has been short fish with a keeper now and then. 

We are still finding the bite scatted and slow.  Our most productive pattern this week has still be fishing finesse techniques on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  We have taken a few fish on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water and lipless crank baits but almost all these fish were short fish.  

We have another cold front coming through the lakes area on Sunday and the extended forecast into next week looks good to drop the water temperatures, lets hope this forecast holds and the water temperatures drop to more seasonable levels and get the bass more actively feeding.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 78/night time low of 54 with wind S at 10. 

Saturday's forecast is showing a high of 79/ night time low of 63 with wind SSE 10-15,  Sunday is showing a high of 75/ night time low of 56 with a 60% chance of rain with wind from the S early at 15 and then switching to the west around mid day with the frontal passage.  The extended forecast into next week is showing a day time high by Wednesday in the 50's with night time low in the 30's.  Rain is in forecast for Monday and Tuesday as well as breezy post frontal winds through Wednesday.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on main lake points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on medium running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky heads and tube jigs.  A few Largemouth are being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake as well as on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type baits near isolated wood cover.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on shaky heads and tube jigs.  We had a few nice Smallmouth this week on the tube jigs rigged stupid style.

Crappie:  I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows.  These reports indicated these fish were being taken on the overcast days we had this week.  

Productive Lures: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King splash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse,  Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer,  D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy's in blue craw on shaky heads in green pumpkin and Charmer tubes rigged stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.


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 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 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:

October:  31
November:  A number of dates available.  Call or email to book a date for  the fall fishing.  I am also now booking dates for  next year.  Book now to get the dates(s) you want. 

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

Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.