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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

December 31, 2013
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This fishing report was compiled for the week of Jan 1, 2014

Editor’s note: As we are about to leap into 2014, we find the fishing to be in the deep winter patterns in most of our reporting lakes. Water temperatures range from 49 degrees all the way down to 43. At these cold temperatures, the thing to remember is to put any presentation into slow motion and use light lines and sensitive rods as strikes can be very light during this period.

Jason Carmichael holding a bass caught on Laurel River Lake Dec. 14 (photo submitted)

Jason Carmichael holding a bass caught on Laurel River Lake Dec. 14 (photo submitted)

Cave Run Lake: The lake has been falling very slowly and is getting close to the winter pool mark once again. The water temperature has also dropped to 43-46 degrees. Musky: The muskie fishing has been slow this week. Baits that saw action were jigs, inline spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, gliders and swimbaits. Largemouth Bass: From the reports we got this week, bass were being taken on shakey-head jigs fishing weed edges that fell into deep water. Fish were marked as deep as 25-30 feet and the bite was very slow and light. Smallmouth: We had no reports this week for smallmouth. Slow moving “A” rigs should produce fishing deep structure. Crappie: The crappie fishing was fair using live bait in treetops near channel bends. Jigs also produced using a bouncing motion and fishing standing channel trees. Reports put the fish at about 15 to 25 feet of water. Catfish: We didn’t have any reports on catfish this week. If you had any success drop us a line and tell us what you were using.

Grayson Lake: The lake has been stable this week with lake levels remaining at winter pool. However, please continue to be aware of low water levels so you don’t get stuck in areas, which can normally be passed over. The water temperature has been 44 degrees. Bass: Unchanged, fishing shakey-head jigs on points. Fish were in 15-20 feet of water. The fish wanted to hit the jig while it was right on the bottom. Crappie: Fair, fishing swim jigs around down timber and brush piles. Catfish: Slow, fishing live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Greenbo Lake: This lake reported fair fishing this week. It is clear and stable with water temperatures falling to 46 degrees. Blade baits and jigs continued to produce this week. Bass: Fair using the above method. Trout: Greenbo has been stocked twice in recent months with rainbow trout. Fishing is reported as fair using Berkley Powerbait and small spinners or jigs. Catfish: We didn’t get any reports this week on catfish.

Frank Batten holding a smallmouth caught on Laurel River Lake Dec. 7 (photo submitted)

Frank Batten holding a smallmouth caught on Laurel River Lake Dec. 7 (photo submitted)

Ohio River: The Ohio River has been near normal levels this week with water temperatures in the mid-40s. Fishing below the dam has been improving slowly as the water levels begin to become stable at normal water levels. Largemouth Bass: Has been slow this week with little reports of activity, crankbaits, jigs, blade baits are the baits that should produce during this slow period. 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 we didn’t have any reports this week for catfish.

Yatesville Lake: Yatesville reports water levels remaining near winter pool. The fishing has been unchanged with catches of bass, crappie and catfish. As temperatures continue to fall, the fishing will begin to slow. The water has been clear and is stable at 43-46 degrees. Bass: With water temperatures falling, the middle of the day has been the prime time hours. Jigs and vertical blade baits have produced fair catches. Crappie: Fair. Fish the edges of flats in channel bends and old fish attractors using 1/32 oz. white crappie jigs or live bait. We have seen some anglers improving their odds drifting across fish attractors using both live bait and jigs. Catfish: slow.

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

 

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