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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

September 26, 2013

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Sept. 24, 2013

Editor’s note: If you happen to be hunting, the damp days make it easy to move through the woods. However, anglers who continue to stay on the water are beginning to reap the rewards of cooler water. Bass, muskie, crappie and walleye are all becoming more active and your chances of a good day on the water are starting to be in your favor.

Cave Run Lake: The lake has remained stable this past week, falling a little to .2 feet under summer pool. The main lake remains clear and stable at 77 to 79 degrees. Musky: The muskie fishing has been fair to good this week. Baits that saw action were spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits (both early and late) gliders and swimbaits. An added bait this week is topwater both prop baits and buzzbaits have caught fish. 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 Licking River we have reports of bass hitting spinnerbaits in tree lines near the channel. Early and late crankbaits have also had success fishing points and flats. Zara Spook type baits have also caught fish this week. 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 treetops 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 and the water temperature has been steady at 78 degrees. Bass: The bass fishing has improved this week with reports of bass being taken using buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and creature baits. Early and late continues to be the best time to be on the water. Crappie: Fair to good fishing swim jigs around down timber and brush piles. Crappie fishing is improving at night fishing under crappie lights with live bait. Catfish: Good fishing live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Chris Hurd holding his one day catch at the BFL Tournament on Barren River Lake, Sept. 7. The largest fish was 6.5 lbs. (photo submitted).

Chris Hurd holding his one day catch at the BFL Tournament on Barren River Lake, Sept. 7. The largest fish was 6.5 lbs. (photo submitted).

Greenbo Lake: Continued to be unchanged this week. It is clear and stable, with water temperatures hitting the high 70s. Some topwater action while the water is slick in the hour just after dawn is continuing to improve. Blade baits have also been productive this week. Bass: Continued summer patterns, but as the night fishing comes to an end, we should see better fishing during the daylight hours. Trout: Slow but Greenbo will be stocked in October. Watch our report for the day and time. Catfish: Good this week fishing very early and after dark. Use 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 continues to improve this week. The conditions in tributaries like the Little and Big Sandy Rivers have also cleared adding to the improved fishing in the river. Largemouth Bass: Small spinnerbaits continue to be the most productive this week fishing points and structure around discharge areas. Crankbaits have also produced fishing the same areas. Below the Dam: Twin tail grubs on ¼ 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. Use live bait.

Yatesville Lake: Yatesville has reported good catches of bass, crappie and catfish. The temperature continues to improve and so has the fishing. The water has been clear and stable at 78 degrees. Bass: With water temperatures continuing to improve this week the morning low-light period has been the most productive. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater 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 improve their odds by fishing lowlight periods and at night. Catfish: Active this week. We got continued reports of good catches on both live bait and small spinnerbaits fishing coves with standing timber along with flats using live bait and fishing just off the bottom.

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

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