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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

August 27, 2013

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Aug. 28, 2013

Editor’s note: Not much has changed this week. There were some tournament on the Ohio River and from all reports it wasn’t as good as years past because of the continuous flash flooding in some creeks and streams. The muskie fishing has been hot on Cave Run and the bass fishing has improved on Grayson Lake. Read on for more details.

Todd Hjorth, of Lexington, caught this 16" Cutthroat Trout, while vacationing in Utah. The trout was caught fly fishing on the Strawberry Reservoir. (photo submitted)

Todd Hjorth, of Lexington, caught this 16″ Cutthroat Trout, while vacationing in Utah. The trout was caught fly fishing on the Strawberry Reservoir. (photo submitted)


Cave Run Lake: Cave Run is just .1 foot over summer pool. While the lake is not high Licking River and Northfork have been stained from thunderstorms. I was at the lake this week and talked to some locals that are reporting the muskie fishing is hot. Musky: Heating up! Good catches have been reported all week. Baits this week that have seen action are: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, gliders and swimbaits. Largemouth Bass: While the size and types of baits may be different, fishing summer patterns during the low-light periods have produced results this week.  Baits this week have been: crankbaits, Senko’s and shaky-head jigs. White Bass: We are getting no reports of white bass catches. If you happen to catch some white bass on this lake drop us a line and tell us about it. Crappie: We are continuing to get reports of angler’s night fishing under lights with moderate success fishing live minnows at 18 to 25 feet near channel areas of the main lake. Catfish: Active this week. Jug fishing and limb-lines both have reported fair to good catches.

Grayson Lake: We had some reports this week of good catches of bass. The upper region of the lake has been muddy but is improving. Bass: The bass fishing is reported fair this week fishing 6’ trick worms on points and discharge areas. Early morning low-light periods are producing the best results. Crappie: Fair to good, fishing swim jigs around down timber and brush piles. Crappie fishing is improving at night fishing under crappie lights using live bait. Catfish: Good fishing spawning areas with nightcrawlers, minnows and cut bait on jugs and limb lines.

Greenbo Lake: Mostly unchanged this week, the lake was reporting the highest water temperatures. It is clear and stable. With water temperatures hitting the 80s it has forced much of the fishing into the low-light periods and at night. Some topwater action while the water is slick in the hour just after dawn is starting to improve. Bass: The bass are reported in summer patterns, many anglers are fishing this lake at night using Texas-rigged worms and jigs dressed with swim minnows. Trout: While the trout fishing has slowed, Greenbo will get a stocking of trout in October. Watch our report for the day and time. Catfish: It was reported as good this week fishing very early and after dark. Fish live bait, chubs, small bluegill and cut bait. Bluegill: We got a few reports of bluegill success fishing crickets, mill worms and live nightcrawlers.

Ohio River: The Ohio River has been staying in a state of flux. We had a few tournaments on the river this past week and while they caught fish, the fisherman reported the conditions to be tough. Largemouth Bass: Small spinnerbaits were the most productive this week fishing points and structure around discharge areas. Below the Dam: Twin tail grubs on 1/4 oz. ball jigs are still the best producers of Sauger and Walleye.  Use slow bump the bottom retrieves. A two jig setup has been producing better strikes. One of the two baits needs to be a little off of the bottom. White Bass: Slow with few reported catches. Bass: We are looking for some new reports on the bass fishing above the dam. If you get on the water, help us out! Catfish: Active this week with reports of good catches in backwater areas along with feeder creeks using live bait.

Yatesville Lake: Unchanged with temperatures during low-light periods falling in to the high 70s. The lake is clear and in good shape with improving conditions. Bass: The drop in temperature has once again improved the topwater action, with the morning low-light period being the most productive. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs have also produced fish. Crappie: Good and unchanged. Fish the edges of flats in channel bends and old fish attractors using 32 oz. white crappie jigs or live bait. We have seen some anglers improving their odds by fishing low-light periods and at night. Bluegill: We didn’t receive any reports on bluegill this week. Catfish: The catfish have really been active this week. We got reports of good catches on both live bait fishing flats just off the bottom and small spinnerbaits fishing coves with standing timber. Reports and pictures of your catch can be submitted to:  trimmer308@windstream.net

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