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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

October 30, 2013

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Oct. 27, 2013

Editor’s note: The weather hasn’t been to kind to us this week. As we tasted the first onslaught of winter temperatures some lakes fell below 60 degrees. However, the fishing remains good during some periods of the day. As we head into following week our long range forecast is for better weather and warmer temperatures. We predict a rebound in active fish as we head into this coming week. Did you harvest a deer or catch a big fish? Send us your pictures!

Cave Run Lake: The lake continues to fall. It is down about 4.5 feet below summer pool. The water temperature has also dropped to 59-62 degrees. Musky: The muskie fishing slowed a little 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 baits this week were buzzbaits and twin 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.

Another fish caught by Big Moe on the Ohio River near the Markland Dam. (photo submitted.)

Another fish caught by Big Moe on the Ohio River near the Markland Dam. (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 60 degrees. Bass: The bass fishing was slow this week. We had reports of only a few catches in the wind-protected coves. The prime time has been 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 falling into the 60s. Topwater action remains good while the water is slick in the hours just after dawn. Crankbaits, blade baits and jigs continued to produce this week. Bass: Continue to improve using the methods above. Trout: Greenbo was stocked on Friday, Oct. 25 with 5,000 rainbow trout. Fishing is reported as good, using orange powerbait and fishing from the bank in the boat dock area. 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.

Ohio River: The Ohio River has been in good shape this week with water temperatures in the high 60s. 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: Slow this week with reports of some 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 59 degrees. Bass: With water temperatures falling, the middle of the day has been 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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