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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

July 22, 2012

This fishing report was compiled for the week of July 25, 2012

Editor’s note: The rain has changed a lot of lakes, rivers and streams in our area. Most of the lakes have reported improved fishing while some streams have been flooded but soon should back in the shape where you can get back in the water.

Cave Run Lake: Rains have stained some creeks but most of the lake is still in good shape. The rain has also reduced the water temperature to some degree. This has improved fishing in last week in reported areas of the lake.  Musky: fair to slow. When the water temperatures climbs pass 80 degrees we do not recommend taking musky especially from deep water. These fish will most likely die before they can be released. We also don’t encourage trolling during the hot water period. Bass: There were no reports on smallmouth this week from Cave Run. If you are fishing for smallmouth on Cave Run tell me how you’re doing. Largemouth Bass: fair to improving. There were reports of some topwater action during the low light periods around the weed edges on the main lake. Reports of some bass feeding on shad breaking the surface around weed pockets are still coming in. Crappie: good. Fish live bait at night under lights. Fish were reported hitting at about 15 feet on underwater structure near channel bends. Bluegill: good. Reports slowed some this week, but fish breaks near riprap areas using live bait.

Grayson Lake: The water level has been rising but most areas of the lake remain in good shape. The lake temperature has been going up and down according to the rain and sun. Bass: fair to slow. We only had a few reports this week on Grayson. Fish were reported hitting topwater very early in the mornings. However, we also had a few reports of fishing late in the day and after dark using Texas-rigged worms fishing points and weeds. Crappie: fair. Use live bait fishing down trees near the channel and along flat edges where submerged trees are holding bait fish. Bluegill: Fair, fish roads beds using red worms, crickets and small 32oz. black jigs.

The crew at Gunnels Fish Camp on Dale Hollow Lake holding giant catfish. (submitted)

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear with a water surface temperature of 78 to 84 degrees and stable. Bass: fair. Many anglers continue fishing at night using worm rigs and jigs. We also had a report that some fish were active at night on topwater jerkbaits in the dam area. Trout: fair. 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: Improving, fish jigs and inline spinners. It’s time for some crappie to be taken at night on this lake, but I have had no reports of anyone fishing at night. Bluegill: No reports on bluegill this week. If you had success let us know.

Ohio River: The Ohio River was in good shape at press time. However, the rains should be changing the water conditions very shortly. White bass: Good, watch for breaking fish in the mouth of creeks. Largemouth Bass: Fair and improving. Use small spinnerbait and ¼ oz. buzzbaits around weeds, brush and lay-down trees. Below the Dam: Sauger and Walleye are reported fair. Use crankbaits and live bait. Bass: fair. The bass have been active this week. Use spinnerbaits, and small buzzbaits in areas where weeds can be fished. Catfish: fair. Fish still water areas and eddy areas, using live bait and prepared bait. Reports of catfish are still coming in but have slowed some this week. Stripers: Fair. Reports have slowed down on the stripers too. If you had success this past week, let us know so we can add your information to this report.

Yatesville Lake: The water level is reported rising, and the upper end of the lake is reported stained. The water surface temperature is 83 to 88 degrees. Rains have made low light periods more productive. Bass have been slow this week. The upper end of the lake near Rich Creek reported some good catches during the low light periods using creature baits, jigs and Texas Rigged worms.  Crappie: fair. Fish the edges of flats in channel bends and old fish attractors using 32 oz. white crappie jigs tipped with live minnows. We have also had some reports of catches fishing at night under lights using live bait. Reports suggest the crappie are in 15 foot of water near channel points. Bluegill: Fair, fish hard bottom areas with red worms and 64 oz. back jigs.

Fishing reports and pictures of your catch can be submitted to: trimmer308@windstream.net

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