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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

February 1, 2012
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This fishing report was compiled for Feb. 18-24, 2012

Editor’s note: There is a very good chance that no Kentucky lakes will freeze this winter if the present weather patterns continue.

Cave Run Lake: The water level has been stable for the last week at .4 feet above winter pool. The main lake temperature is 37 to 39 degrees. However, the river is a little colder. Both the main lake and the river have had little sun this week, but temperatures have changed very little. Musky: Fair to good, fishing feeder creeks and below the dam. Use jerk/glider baits, Bulldawgs, and jigs with swim-baits trailers. The football jig tipped with white trailers also raised Muskie this week.  Bass: Smallmouth fair to good. Baits this week have been ¼ oz. ball-head jigs with white twister tails along with black on black marabou jigs. There also have been a few fish caught on jerk-baits around ledge areas. Largemouth reports remain slow. Fish the shakey head jig with a white twister tail grub in 20 ft. of water.  Crappie: improving, fish small in-line spinners on mud flats near feeder creeks.

Grayson Lake: The water level remains stable at winter pool. The lake is clear to stained with water temps in the 36 to 39 degree range. Bass: Reported slow and unchanged. Use ¼ oz. ball jig rigged with two-inch watermelon color grub, fishing the secondary points. Use a lift and drop action. Strikes have been as the grub falls back to the bottom. Crappie: Unchanged, reported slow. Use live bait.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear and the water surface temperature is 37 degrees and stable. Bass: slow and unchanged. Fish hair jigs with black grub in 15 to 20 feet of water in the dam area. On days when the sun is out and bright, bass have been active on points. Use suspending jerk baits. Trout: very good, fishing inline spinners, Berkley Power Bait, blade baits, and red worms. Most of the action has been in the ramp area from the bank. Crappie: Slow, and unchanged.

Ohio River: The Ohio River Greenup pool is reported as falling. However, some of the backwater areas have been producing Walleye and Sauger. Below the Dam: Sauger reported fair to good. Use white, lime-green or chartreuse grub, rigged on a lead-head jig. While fishing has been slow on the river, due to continuous high water, it shouldn’t be long until we start getting some good report on improving conditions.

Yatesville Lake: The water level is reported stable at winter pool. The water surface temperature is 36 degrees. Headwater areas were reported stained but the main lake is reported to be clear. Bass: slow and unchanged. Use jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits while fishing points and creek headwaters. Crappie: Good, fishing the edges of flats in channel bends and old fish attractors. Use 32 oz. white crappie jigs tipped with live minnows. We have also had some reports of catches using small in-line spinners casting the shallow water flats – Black crappie start visiting these areas when the sun begins to warm the surface.

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Feb. 13-18, 2012

Editor’s note: The unseasonably warm temperatures continue to keep eastern Kentucky lakes open. Musky and smallmouth both have been active in areas of Cave Run Lake and the Kentucky River.

Cave Run Lake: The water level has been falling this past week. The lake is just .5 feet above winter pool. The main lake temperature is 36 to 38 degrees. However, the river is only about 36 degrees. The surface temperatures have been spiking during periods of sunshine. Musky: Fair to good, fishing feeder creeks and below the dam. Use jerk and glider baits, Bulldawgs, and jigs with swim-baits trailers.  Bass: Smallmouth fishing is reported fair to good. Hot baits this week have been ¼ oz. ball-head jigs with white twister tails along with black on black marabou jigs. There also have been a few fish caught on jerk-baits around ledge areas. Largemouth were reported slow. Fish the shakey head jig with a white twister tail grub, fishing in 20 ft. of water.  Crappie: Reported fair, fishing standing trees around the outside bends of the river.

Grayson Lake: The water level is stable at winter pool. The lake is clear to stained with water temperatures ranging from 36 to 38 degrees. Bass: Reported slow and unchanged. Use ¼ oz. ball jig rigged with two-inch watermelon color grub, fish the secondary points using lift and drop action. Strikes have been as the grub falls back to the bottom. Crappie: Unchanged, reported slow. Use live bait.

Greenbo Lake: The Lake is mostly clear and the water surface temperature is 37 degrees and stable. Bass: slow. Fish hair jigs with black grubs in the dam area at 15 to 20 feet of water. On days when the sun is out and bright, bass have been active on points. Use suspending jerk baits. Trout: Very good following the stocking of 5,000 fish a couple weeks ago. Fish with inline spinners, Berkley Power Bait, blade baits, and red worms. Most of the action has been in the ramp area from the bank. Crappie: slow and unchanged.

Fisherman troll for trout on Greenbo Lake. (Carrie Stambaugh / KAN)

Ohio River: The Ohio River Greenup pool is reported to be falling. Some of the backwater areas have been producing walleye and sauger. Below the Dam: Sauger reported fair. Use white, lime-green or chartreuse grubs rigged on a lead-head jig.

Yatesville Lake: The water level is reported stable at winter pool. The water surface temperature is 36 to 38 degrees. Headwater areas are reported muddy and the main lake is reported to be clear. Bass slow and unchanged. Use jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits, fishing points and creek headwaters. Crappie: Good, fishing the edges of flats in channel bends and old fish attractors. Use 32 oz. white crappie jigs tipped with live minnows.

Local area fishing reports can be submitted to trimmer308@windstream.net

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Feb. 7 -13, 2012

Editor’s note: Unseasonably warm temperatures continue to keep eastern Kentucky lakes open. The highlights this week were trout and smallmouth and while we don’t normally cover Dale Hollow, Cumberland or Laurel lakes, they have been hot fishing float & fly, jigs and jigging spoons.

Cave Run Lake: The water level has been rising this past week. The lake is 1.2 feet above winter pool and the main lake temperature is 38 to 43 degrees. However, the river is only about 38 degrees. The surface temperatures have been spiking during periods of sunshine. Musky: Fair and improving. Spinnerbaits, jigs, and some suspending bait have seen action this week as the temperatures remain warmer than normal.  Bass: Smallmouth fishing is fair and improving. Baits this week have been ¼ oz. ball-head jigs with white twister tails along with black on black marabou jigs. The largemouth fishing was reported as slow fishing the shakey head jig with a white twister tail grub, fishing in 20 ft. of water. Crappie: Reported slow and unchanged this week. Fish deep water structures with live bait.

Grayson Lake: The water level is a foot over winter pool. The lake is clear to stained with water temperatures in the 38 to 40 degree range. Bass: Reported slow and unchanged. Use ¼ oz. ball jig rigged with a two inch grub in watermelon color. Fish the secondary points using a lift and drop action. Strikes have been as the grub falls back to the bottom. Crappie: Unchanged, reported slow. Use live bait.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear and the water surface temperature is 37 degrees and stable. Bass: slow. Fish hair jigs with black grub at the dam area in 15 to 20 feet of water. On days when the sun is out and bright,  bass have been active on points. Use suspending jerk baits. Trout: Very good. Fish inline spinners, Berkley Power Bait, blade baits, and red worms. Most of the action has been in the ramp area from the bank. Crappie: Slow and unchanged.

By Carrie Stambaugh. Winter evening on Greenbo Lake.

Ohio River:The Ohio River Greenup pool is reported as rising. However, some of the back water areas have been improving. While the fishing has been slow this week as water conditions improve the fishing should also improve. Below the Dam: Sauger is reported fair. Use, white, lime-green or chartreuse grubs, rigged on a lead-head jig. As the river returns to normal this fishing will pick up.

Yatesville Lake: The water level is reported at one foot over winter pool. The water surface temperature is 38 to 40 degrees. Headwater areas are reported muddy and the main lake is reported to be stained. Bass: Reported slow and unchanged. Use jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits, fishing points and creek headwaters. Crappie: Slow and unchanged. Fishing the edges of flats in channel bends, use 32 oz. white crappie jigs tipped with live minnows.

This fishing report was compiled for Feb. 1 to Feb. 7,  2012

Editor’s note: The rains have continued but so have the warm temperatures and Eastern Kentucky lakes remain unfrozen. According to our sources, fishing improved this past week on many of our local bodies of water.

Cave Run Lake: The water level has been rising this past week. The lake is 2.5 feet above winter pool and the main lake temperature is 38 to 40 degrees. However, the river is only about 38 degrees and has been stained. Musky: Slow but improving. This week we had some reports of musky being caught on both football jigs and slow roll spinnerbaits. Fish deep holes just off the edges of the old weed beds where it drops off into deeper water. Our good friend Scott Doan reported a 49 inch musky caught on a football jig. Bass: The smallmouth in the dam area have been improving this week. Hot baits this week have been ¼ oz. ball-head jigs with white twister tails along with black on black Marabou jigs. Largemouth fishing is reported slow. Use a shakey head jig with a white twister tail grub, fishing in 20 ft. of water. The bass are in their winter patterns, and jigs are still taking some fish. Crappie: Reported slow but improving. Fish deep water structures with live bait.

Grayson Lake: The water level is 1.5 feet over winter pool. The lake is stained to muddy and the water is continuing to rise this week. Water surface temperature is stable at 38 to 40 degrees. Bass: Reported slow. Use a ¼ oz. ball jig rigged with a two inch grub in watermelon color. Fish secondary points using lift and drop action. Strikes have been as the grub falls back to the bottom. Crappie: Unchanged, reported slow. Use live bait.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear and the water surface temperature is 37 degrees and stable. Bass: slow. Fish hair jigs with black grub fishing the dam area in 15 to 20 feet of water. On days when the sun is out and bright, bass have been active on points. Use suspending jerk baits. Trout: Very good, following last week’s stocking. Fish with orange glittery powerbait at boat ramp, or troll with super dupers or inline spinners. Crappie: Slow and unchanged.

Anglers at Greenbo Lake take advantage of a warm January day. (Carrie Stambaugh / Kentucky Angling News)

Ohio River: The Ohio River Greenup pool is reported as rising. However, some of the back water areas have been improving. While the fishing has been slow this week as water conditions improve the fishing should also improve. Below the Dam: Sauger reported fair. Use white, lime-green or chartreuse grubs, rigged on a lead-head jig. As the river returns to normal, this fishing will pick up.

Yatesville Lake: The water level reported to be one foot over winter pool with rising water. The water surface temperature is 38 to 30 degrees. Headwater areas are reported muddy and the main lake is reported to be stained. Bass: slow. Use jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits, fishing points and creek headwaters. Crappie: Slow and unchanged. Fish the edges of flats in channel bends, use 32 oz. white crappie jigs tipped with live minnows.

Local area fishing reports can be submitted to trimmer308@windstream.net

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