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Scott McGlinchey

Shelldivers Guide Service
Scott McGlinchey
(317) 440-2934
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Shelldivers Guide Service's Fishing Report

For March 12, 2019

Report for Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley

We are now in the middle of March and the bass fishing has been good. During the last week the lake level has been high and the bass moved in to the shallow flooded cover. In the winter months when the water level is at winter pool there is no shallow cover so when the water level rises to 361 feet above sea level or above the bass will move in the flooded cover and the fishing will be excellent.

Bass and crappie are feeding hard right now preparing for the spawn and have been undisturbed throughout the winter with fishing pressure low.

There have been many heavy limits of bass caught by fisherman that are comfortable with fishing the bushes. The bad thing with all that great fishing is that the water level has now dropped to where there is very little flooded cover left and so the bass have to pull out of it and relocate.

If you were a bass where would you go if the water dropped out of all the great shallow cover you were holding in? They scatter out along banks and shallow points then eventually some big smart ones relocate on drop-offs closest to the shore. These shallower drop-offs are not so popular amongst fisherman and you can’t scan up a school in shallow depths with most electronics. In a short period of time bass will move a little further out and relocate on prime drop-offs before the spawn gets here.

Now all the talk about great shallow fishing in the flooded cover is all kinds of great, right? However, there were still many bass that stayed out deep that will slowly relocate to the same winter/pre-spawn drop-off that they were on before the high water got here. Kentucky Lake has some big bass that love to stay out offshore.

The other great pattern that occurred during all the high water we have had and that will continue for a while is what I would call a current pattern. Because there has been millions of gallons of water being released per minute each hour of the day some bass will locate in those eddies to feed hard on baitfish. Find the right eddy and you can load the boat quick!

Please check out and like my Shelldivers Guide Service Facebook page. I will have additional pictures posted there some of which are underwater photos of fish and shellbeds.

If you just want to enjoy a day of catching quality bass or are wanting to learn how to effectively fish offshore I am as good as it gets! I had excellent results in my career as a baseball and wrestling coach and use the same skills to help my clients learn bass fishing.

I have 29 years of ledge fishing experience and would like nothing more than to take all of my readers out fishing! If you want to book a trip with me please try to call me as the communication over the phone is much more effective and consumes less time than emails. I do respond to all forms of communication as quick as I can.  

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Shelldivers Guide Service
Scott Glinchey
(317) 440-2934

Photo by Melodie Cunningham

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