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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report Feb. 5

February 5, 2014

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Feb 5, 2014

Editor’s note: As of the writing of this fishing report all of our reporting lakes are frozen over. While some of them have a thin layer of ice and are not safe to get out on some like Greenbo Lake in Greenup County have had people fishing through the ice. I can’t stress this enough: Do not get out on ice unless you know it to be safe. You can die in six minutes after becoming overwhelmed by hypothermia. We have left the fishing reports as they were when we received our last activity. They will change as the conditions change and reports begin to come in once again.Trimmer308@windstream.net

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 30 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 fall 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. 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.

My good friend Bob Danner, a retired marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, fishing one of the trout streams in the Cherokee Nation, NC. (Photo by Chris Erwin)

My good friend Bob Danner, a retired marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, fishing one of the trout streams in the Cherokee Nation, NC. (Photo by Chris Erwin)

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 30 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: We had some reports that Greenbo was frozen over. If you go to the lake, do not get out on the ice unless you are sure it can hold your weight. 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: The Ohio River is jammed with ice for this first time in 20 years making it impossible to fish at this time. The following conditions were reported before the ice flows blocked access. Largemouth Bass: Slow this week with little reports of activity. Crankbaits, jigs and blade baits are the baits that should produce during this slow period. Below the dam:  Twin tail grubs on ¼ oz. ball jigs were 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.

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 slow. The water has been clear and is stable at 30 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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