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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

August 1, 2012
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This fishing report was compiled for the week of Aug. 21, 2012

Editor’s note: The signs of better fishing have been coming in this week. If you have been waiting for better conditions, your wait is about over. Now is the time to start planning a fishing trip. If you go and catch fish, take some pictures and send them to me, we might just use them here!

Cave Run Lake: The fishing is on the upswing this week with better fishing being reported in many areas of the lake. The water level is stable and only about .2 feet above summer pool  Musky: fair. While we are still reporting the musky fishing as fair, the fishing has been more productive this week. With musky reported active during the low light periods of the day. Lures that were successful this week were: spinnerbaits, early morning jerkbaits, crankbaits and Bulldawg lures. Creek heads, weed edges and laydown timber all reported activity. Bass: Smallmouth: We had a few reports of smallmouth being caught in the first hour of the day fishing creature baits in the dam area. Walk these baits down deep ledges. Largemouth Bass: The largemouth have been the most active in the river system. Fish standing timber at 10 to 12 feet using crankbaits and spinnerbaits; the outside bends have been the most productive. Crappie: Continued to be reported as good. We had some reports this week that the crappie have been active around fish attractors, both at night and in the late hours of the day. Small jigs and live minnows are still reported as the bait producing the best catches.

Grayson Lake: The lake is stable and clear in all areas except the headwater areas where showers have added some color to the water. Bass: fair to good. The bass fishing is starting to improve as the water temperature continues to drop. The low light periods are the best time for good success. Use topwater, jerkbaits and creature baits. Fish the cove points and channel bend above the bridge for the best results. Crappie: fair to good. Crappie have been easy to catch this week, but the size of the fish has been small. Use live bait and small jigs around roadbeds and sunken trees. Catfish: good. Fish live bait using drop lines and trotlines in headwater areas.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is in good shape, both clear and stable. Bass: fair. Many anglers are starting to fish the low light periods instead of fishing through the night. Early morning topwater and spinnerbaits have produced this past week. Trout: While the trout fishing is usually good on this lake, I didn’t receive any reports this week on it. If you had success please let me know how you did. Crappie: no reports this week. Again, if you had success drop me a line. Catfish: Good, in the dam area. If you catch fish with worms in the meat we suggest you discard them.

Ohio River: While most lakes were clear this past week, the river was stained and it did have some effect on the fishing. White bass: fair. Watching for breaking fish in the mouth of creeks. Use inline spinners and small crankbaits. Largemouth Bass: fair and improving. Use small spinnerbait and ¼ oz buzzbaits baits 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: good. Fish still water and eddy areas, using live and prepared bait. Drop-lines and trotlines report the most success. Stripers: fair. Reports have slowed down on the stripers this week if you are catching these fish let me know.

Yatesville Lake: The lake has been in good shape with water temperatures falling six to eight degrees. Bass: The falling temperatures have improved the bass fishing. However, the locations for catches remain much the same. Fish timbered coves, creek areas and points in the low light periods of the day, using crankbaits, worms and topwater baits. Crappie: improving. 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 at night under lights using live bait. Reports suggest 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

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Aug. 14, 2012

Editor’s note: We are only a few weeks away from some of the best fishing of the season. It’s a good time to make plans for an upcoming trip. If anyone would like a special subject covered, you are welcome to send me suggestions. If you have pictures of your catches, send them to me and we will try to publish them.

Stuart Moore, of Bellefonte, with a 5lb 10oz Largemouth Bass caught and released in Greenbrier County, W.Va., on July 10. (Photo submitted)

Cave Run Lake: The lake is about back to normal this week with temperatures falling slightly. If the trend continues, we should see a jump in fish activity.  Musky: fair. We did get a few reports of fish chasing lures in the early morning hours just after dawn and around weed edges, along with a few catches of smaller fish. It shouldn’t be too much longer until we see the musky really turning on. Bass: No reports on smallmouth this week from Cave Run. If you are fishing for smallmouth on Cave Run, tell how you’re doing. Largemouth Bass: The bass continue to do what we call the summer milk run. Some active bass have been reported hitting topwater early and late. Night fishing has also produced a few good fish along with crankbaits when fishing secondary tree lines in about 6 to 10 feet of water. Crappie: Good, we had some reports this week that the crappie have been active around fish attractors from about 7p.m. to about an hour after dark fishing live minnows under lights. Fish were also reported hitting about 15 feet on underwater structure near channel bends.

Grayson Lake: Not much has changed this week on Grayson. Water color has been good in the main lake area. Bass: Fair to slow, with reports slow this week. We have had reports of fish being taken on Texas-rigged worms fishing in deep water timber near channel bends. Crappie: fair. Use live bait fishing down trees near the channel and along flat edges where submerged trees are holding bait fish. Catfish: good. Use live bait in wind protected coves, fishing just off the bottom with night crawlers, minnows and prepared bait.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear with water surface temperatures of 78 to 82 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: fair. Fish at night in the dam area with red worms and night crawlers. Catfish: Good in the dam area. If you catch fish with worms in the meat, we suggest you discard them.

Ohio River: I didn’t get many reports on the river this week. If you are fishing the river write and tell how your doing. White bass: Good, watch for breaking fish in mouths of creeks. Use inline spinners and small crankbaits. Largemouth Bass: Fair and improving. Use small spinnerbaits and ¼ oz. buzzbaits baits 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: good. Fish still water areas and eddy areas. Use live and prepared bait. Reports of catfish are still coming in, but have slowed some this week. If you had success this past week let us know so we can add your information to this report. Stripers: Fair, reports have slowed down on the stripers this week. If you are catching these fish let me know.

Yatesville Lake: This lake has been a surprise this week, with some good fishing reported in the timber coves.  Bass: Good, fish were taken in the low light periods early and late using topwater, jigs and creature baits. The timbered coves have produced this past week, use crankbaits, jigs, and Texas rigged worms. Crappie: Improving, 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, while fishing at night under lights with 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.

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Aug. 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Most of our lakes have been rising in the last few weeks. However, with the early dry period, the rains have been welcome and have been a positive factor. Shifting your fishing time to the low light periods has helped local fisherman to produce good results.

Cave Run Lake: The water level was up a little this past week. The North Fork end of the lake was stained but still very fishable. While surface temperatures remain high, the thermocline has expanded producing cooler water at about 6 feet.  Musky: Slow, but improving. While the water remains too hot for most action, some fish were reported charging baits early and late in headwater areas. We don’t encourage trolling during the hot water period. Bass: Smallmouth: 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: The bass continue to show improvement; some active bass have been reported hitting topwater early and late. The night fishing has also produced a few good fish this week, both on spinnerbaits and creature baits fishing around weed edges. Crappie: good. We had some reports this week that the crappie have been active around fish attractors from about 7 p.m. to about an hour after dark. Fish with minnows under lights. Fish were also reported hitting at about 15 feet on underwater structures near channel bends.

Grayson Lake: The water level is up about a foot, but most areas of the lake remain in good shape. Headwater areas are reported stained but improving. Bass: fair to slow. Reports remain slow this week. However, we had a few reports of fish being taken on buzzbaits in the wind protected coves very early and late. Crappie: fair. Use live bait fishing down trees near the channel and along flat edges where submerged trees are holding bait fish. Catfish: good. Fish with live bait in wind protected coves, just off the bottom. Use night crawlers, minnows and prepared bait.

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear with 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: Fair. Fish at night in the dam area using red worms and night crawlers. Catfish: Good, in the dam area. If you catch fish with worms in the meat, we suggest you discard them.

Another great catch on Dale Hollow Lake. Photo submitted by Gunnell’s Fish Camp.

Ohio River: The Ohio River has felt the effects of the thunderstorms while some flash flooding has blown out creeks, they are recovering quickly and should be in good shape by the time you read this. However, the river remains very fishable. White bass: Good, watch for breaking fish in the mouth of creeks. Use inline spinners and small crankbaits. Largemouth Bass: fair and improving. Use small spinnerbaits and ¼ oz. buzzbaits baits 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: good. Fish still water and eddy areas, use live bait and prepared bait. Reports of catfish are still coming in, but have slowed some this week. If you had success this past week, let us know so we can add your information to this report. Stripers: Fair, reports have slowed down this week. If you are catching these fish let me know.

Yatesville Lake: The Rich Creek end of the lake is reported stained and rising. The water surface temperature remains between 83 and 88 degrees. However, rains have made low light periods more productive.  Bass have been fair this week. Some reports of good fish were taken in the low light periods early and late. Use topwater, jigs and creature baits.  Crappie: improving. 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 coming 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.

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Aug. 1, 2012

Editor’s note: The fishing has generally improved this week while water temperatures remain high, the low light period have produced some good catches. If you have pictures of recent catches send them to me and I will try to add them to fishing report.

Cave Run Lake: The lake is in good shape and while fishing is still somewhat slow, there are some bright spots to report this week.  Musky: fair to slow. When the water temperature climbs past 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: 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: the bass have been slowly improving. Some active bass have been reported hitting topwater early and late. The night fishing has also produced a few good fish this week, on both spinnerbaits and creature baits fishing around weed edges. Crappie: Good this week. We had some reports that the crappie have been active around fish attractors from about 7 p.m. to about an hour after dark. Fish live minnows under lights. Fish were also reported hitting about 15 feet on underwater structure near channel bends.

Grayson Lake: The water level has been stable and 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 morning. We also had a few reports of fish being taken late in the day and after dark using Texas rigged worms on points and in weeds. Crappie: fair. Use live bait fishing down trees near the channel and along flat edges where submerged trees are holding bait fish. Catfish: Good, fish live bait in wind protected coves just off the bottom. Night crawlers, minnows and prepared bait have also produced results.

Vic Lowhorn holding a nice Crappie from Dale Hollow. (Submitted)

Greenbo Lake: The lake is mostly clear with water surface temperatures 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: Fair, fish at night in the dam area using red worms and night crawlers. Catfish: Good, we had some good reports of catches at night using both live bait and cut bait fishing in the dam area.

Ohio River: The Ohio River was in good shape at press time. Thunderstorms have come and gone leaving some creeks in bad shape this week, but the river remains very fishable. White Bass: Good, watch for breaking fish in the mouth of creeks. Largemouth Bass: Fair and improving. Use small spinnerbait and ¼ oz. buzzbaits baits 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: good. Fish still water areas and eddy areas, using live and prepared bait. Reports of catfish are still coming in, but have slowed some this week. If you had success this past week, let us know so we can add information to this report. Stripers: Fair, reports have slowed down on the stripers this week if you are catching these fish let me know.

Yatesville Lake: The water level is reported rising and the upper end of the lake is reported to be stained. The water surface temperature is 83 to 88 degrees. Rains have made low light periods more productive. Bass: Fair, good fish have been taken in the low light periods early and late use topwater, jigs and creature baits.  Crappie: improving. 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. black jigs.

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

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