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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

September 11, 2013
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This fishing report was compiled for the week of Sept. 11, 2013

Editor’s note: As archery season begins in Kentucky, many anglers will be heading for the woods instead of the lake. However, the fishing is improving and the best fishing except for spring is about to get under way. If you are one of the fishermen who elects to stay on the water, let me know how you’re doing.

Cave Run Lake: The lake has remained stable this past week. Some creeks and upper regions of the Licking River have cleared. The lake is only .2 feet over summer pool. The main lake remains clear and stable at 77 degrees. Musky: The muskie fishing has been fair to good this week. Baits that have seen action are spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerk-baits (early & late) gliders and swim-baits. Largemouth Bass: The bass are starting to school up feeding on shad. As the water cools, a host of patterns will begin to develop. In the upper areas of the Licking River we have reports of bass hitting spinnerbaits in tree lines near the channel both early and late. Crankbaits have also had success fishing points and flats. White Bass: We are still looking for reports of white bass catches, if you are catching any of these fish let us know. Crappie: In the last few weeks reports of good crappie catches have dried up. However, it’s time for these fish to begin hitting in tree tops in the river. Catfish: Slow this week. As nights cool, we expect to see more reports of good catches using jugs and limb lines.

Grayson Lake: The lake has been stable this week. Upper areas of the river have improved. The water temperature has been 78 degrees. Bass: The bass fishing has improved this week. Reports of bass being taken using Carolina rigged worms and shaky head jigs in the low light periods continue to come in. We also had a report of fish caught on an A-rig fishing roadbeds while drifting. 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 live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Shan Horsley displays another good muskie caught in the last week from Cave Run Lake. (photo submitted)

Shan Horsley displays another good muskie caught in the last week from Cave Run Lake. (photo submitted)

Greenbo Lake: Mostly unchanged this week. The lake was reporting the highest water temperatures. It is clear and stable. Water temperatures hitting the 80s has forced much of the fishing into the low-light periods and at night. 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, and many anglers are continuing to fish 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 of the day and time. Catfish: 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 is getting back to normal finely. We see green water once again. Largemouth Bass: Small spinnerbaits continue to be 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. Running a two jig setup produces 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: The catfish have been active this week with reports of good catches in backwater areas along with feeder creeks using live bait.

Yatesville Lake: This week, the lake has produced some good fish. The temperature continues to improve and so has the fishing. The water has been stable at 78 degrees. Bass: With water temperatures improving this week, the morning low light period has been the most productive. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs all have 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 the bluegill this week. Catfish: 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: or trimmer308@windstream.net

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