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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report Feb. 20

February 20, 2014

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Feb 19, 2014

Editor’s note: A change is in the air. As we head into this week, the forecast is calling for temperatures making it to the 60s by the end of the week. If this happens, it will begin to change the grip winter has had on the fishing and we will begin to see active fish once again and we will see the change in our reports. This weeks report reflects the last active reports we received. If you have a chance to get on the water this week let us know how you did. Send your reports to: Trimmer308@windstream.net

Cave Run Lake: The lake has continued to hold water to protect downstream property. The lake remains 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.

“Spring bass attack.” (Photo courtesy of Soc Clay, an award winning photo journalist)

“Spring bass attack.” (Photo courtesy of Soc Clay, an award winning photo journalist)

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: We had reports that 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: 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.

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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