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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

February 26, 2014
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This fishing report was compiled for the week of Feb 26, 2014

Editor’s note: Our lakes are starting to thaw. However, it may still be a few weeks before all our eastern lakes are clear enough of ice to launch a boat but you can still fish the dam discharge areas and tailwater streams. Other small streams should also become fishable as high water begins to recede. We also understand Laurel River Lake is open, and we have a few guys giving that a try as I write this report. Send your reports to: Trimmer308@windstream.net

Cave Run Lake: The lake has continued to hold water to protect downstream property. The lake remains unchanged at two feet over summer pool and is falling very slowly. The lake has had little activity. We will be changing our report on this lake as the activity begins. We did get a report on a muskie being caught this past week in the tailwater area. Musky: slow. Largemouth Bass: According to the last active report, bass were being taken on shakey-head jigs fishing weed edges that fall into deep water. Fish were marked as deep as 25-30 feet and the bite was very slow and light. Smallmouth: no reports. Slow moving “A” rigs should produce fishing deep structure. Crappie: Fair using live bait in treetops near channel bends. Catfish: no reports. If you had any success drop us a line and tell us what you were using.

Cave Run Lake was still frozen in this photo taken on  Feb. 20. However, blue was returning to the thinning ice and by Sunday the ice had broken up enough that boats were back on the water for the first time in weeks. (Photo by Scott Doan)

Cave Run Lake was still frozen in this photo taken on Feb. 20. However, blue was returning to the thinning ice and by Sunday the ice had broken up enough that boats were back on the water for the first time in weeks. (Photo by Scott Doan)

Grayson Lake: The lake has returned to winter pool. We have not received any reports on fishing activity therefore information is based on the last active report. Bass: Fish 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: Greenbo Lake is frozen over. If you go to the lake, do not get out on the ice we understand at the writing of this report the ice is not safe. Bass: Slow. Trout: Fair using Berkley Powerbait and small spinners or jigs. Catfish: We didn’t get any reports this week on catfish.

Ohio River: While the ice has disappeared the water levels have been too high for below the dam fishing. We will update this weekly. Largemouth Bass: Slow with little reports of activity. Crankbaits, jigs and blade baits should produce during this slow period. Below the dam:  Twin tail grubs on ¼ oz. ball jigs are the best producers of Sauger and Walleye using 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: slow.

Yatesville Lake: Yatesville water levels have returned to winter pool levels. The fishing has been unchanged with no active report this week. The report here is based the last active report from this lake. We will update it weekly as conditions change. The water has been clear and is stable at 33 degrees. Bass: The middle of the day continues to be 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.

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