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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

October 15, 2013
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This fishing report was compiled for the week of Oct. 15, 2013

Editor’s note: As we advance into fall and the water temperatures continue to drop, prime time fishing will shift from early and late to midday. While fishing will become hot and cold, we will see periods where the fishing will be as good as it gets. It’s just a matter of being on the water at the right time.

Dan Busch holding a flathead catfish he caught and released at Beech Fork Lake, W.Va. on Sept. 14. It was 33 inches and 17 lbs. Dan is a freshman at Paul Blazer High School. (photo submitted).

Dan Busch holding a flathead catfish he caught and released at Beech Fork Lake, W.Va. on Sept. 14. It was 33 inches and 17 lbs. Dan is a freshman at Paul Blazer High School. (photo submitted).

Cave Run Lake: The lake is starting to fall. It’s down about 2.5 feet below summer pool. The water temperature has also dropped to 70-75 degrees. The lake remains closed due to the shut down of the federal government. All ramps have gates locked and signs posted. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available. Musky: The muskie fishing has been excellent this week. Baits that saw action were buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, gliders and swimbaits. We continue to receive reports of muskie being caught in the river system on black buzzbaits.  Largemouth Bass: The bass are starting to school up feeding on shad. We had reports of bass being caught around old weed beds, along with tree lines near channel bends. The top bait this week was Strike King Rage Tail Shad, 3/8 oz. double spin spinnerbaits. Crappie: The crappie fishing was good this past week using live bait in treetops near channel bends. Reports put the fish at about 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfish: Catfish reports have been slow this week. As nights cool, we expect to see more reports of good catches using jugs and limb lines.

Robbie Jordan and Donnie Ingles are pictured here holding a 44 inch muskie caught on Cave Run Lake just before the lake closed. (photo submitted).

Robbie Jordan and Donnie Ingles are pictured here holding a 44 inch muskie caught on Cave Run Lake just before the lake closed. (photo submitted).

Grayson Lake: The lake has been stable this week with lake levels remaining at summer pool. Upper areas of the river continue to improve. The water temperature has been 72 degrees. We look to see added pressure on this lake, as Cave Run Lake remains closed. Bass: The bass fishing continues to improve. We had reports of good catches in the wind-protected coves; some limits were caught this week. The prime time has been early to midday fishing old roadbeds and rocky points. Crappie: Fair to good fishing swim jigs around down timber and brush piles. Catfish: Good, fishing live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Greenbo Lake: This lake reported good fishing this week. It is clear and stable with water temperatures hitting the mid-70s. Topwater action remains good while the water is slick in the hours just after dawn. Crankbaits, blade baits and jigs continue to produce this week. Bass: The bass fishing reports continue to improve using the methods above. Trout: Greenbo will get a stocking of trout this month. We will pass along more information as it becomes available. Catfish: We didn’t get any reports this week on catfish. Bluegill: We got a few reports of success fishing crickets, mill worms and live nightcrawlers.

Dan Busch holding a flathead catfish he caught and released at Beech Fork Lake State Park in W.Va., Sept. 14th. It was 33 inches and 17 lbs. Dan is a freshman at Paul Blazer High School. (photo submitted).

Zach Pope holding his first muskie. He caught the fish on Cave Run Lake just before the lake was closed. (photo submitted)

Ohio River: The Ohio River has been in good shape this week with water temperatures in the 70s. Largemouth Bass: Small spinnerbaits continue to be the most productive 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 using slow bump the bottom retrieves. Running 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 continues to report 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 75 degrees. All the lakes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Huntington District remain at summer pool. Bass: With water temperatures improving, it has extended the prime time hours. Topwater baits like the Rebel Pop R, along with spinnerbaits, have produced good catches. 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. Catfish: The catfish have been active this week. We got 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.

Send photos of your catch and fishing reports to: trimmer308@windstream.net

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