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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report Nov. 4

November 5, 2014

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Nov 4, 2014.

Editor’s note: Water temperatures continue to drop into the mid to low 60s. It appears that many of our lakes are turning over. The dark tannic look along with water temps dipping below 60 is a good indication that we are in the annual turnover. As this happens, there may be a short time when the fishing may be slow. However, once this is complete the fishing should recover quickly. If you get a chance to catch some fish, send your pictures to: trimmer308@windstream.net. We will try to use as many as we can in print and online.

Cave Run Lake: Cave Run Lake continues to drop toward winter pool. The lake level at press time was 726.3 feet. Winter pool is 724 feet. The water temperature is 59-62 degrees. If you fish the Licking River, you need to stay in the channel when running from one spot to another. The water may be too shallow to travel to some locations. The best fishing has now moved to the middle of the day with the exception of musky, which remains the most active in the early hours of the morning. Musky: excellent. As the water has cooled hot baits have been topwater crankbaits and in-line spinners. The in-line spinners have been the most productive bait this past week. Largemouth Bass: good. I was on the water again this week, and the fishing continued to be very good. Some parts of the river were stained but improving. The river was in better shape than last week. Baits that produced were Littlebear Wiggle Shad and spinnerbaits running two 3/8 oz. brass willow blades dressed with a white skirt and fishing the standing timber near the river channel. Smallmouth: improving. Fish shakey-head jigs and swim baits in the riprap area. Crappie: Good to excellent. These fish continue to hit small 1/32 oz. jigs dressed with twister tails or minnows along with roadrunner spinnerbaits. The fish staged in channel trees and near weed beds. Catfish: Fair, fishing jugs and drop-lines baited with cut-bait and minnows.

Melvin Lawhorn holds a nice bass caught at Yatesville Lake the past week. (photo submitted)

Melvin Lawhorn holds a nice bass caught at Yatesville Lake the past week.                     (photo submitted)

Grayson Lake: The lake has been stable this week. We expect the draw down to begin at any time. However, at press time, it remained at summer pool. The lake is turning over and we expect the fishing to recover quickly. The water is 59-61 degrees. Bass: Slow to fair. These fish have slowed as the water is turning over. Baits that produced have been spoons, spinnerbaits and 6-inch lizards fishing the main lake area. Topwater baits have also produced fishing old roadbeds and points both early and late in the day. Crappie: fair. Fish downed timber and brush in eight to 12 feet of water. Jigs, live bait and small crankbaits have been successful this week. Hybrids: We continue to have some reports that the hybrid bass are active on the main lake. Fishermen have been locating shad and then backing off and throwing swim-baits and big spoons. Fish have been in eight to 10 feet of water. Catfish: Fair to slow fishing live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Greenbo Lake: The water temperature is 58-61 degrees and the water level has been stable. Bass: Fair to good fishing crankbaits and blade baits on points and near the dam area. Some anglers have reported better catches when the wind is blowing and stacking up plankton near the dam. Spinnerbaits and crankbait have produced this week. Trout: Fair to good using Berkley Powerbait and small spinners or blade baits like the Sliver Buddy. Catfish: Good, fishing limb-lines and cut bait in the heads of coves. Bluegill: Slow, fishing live bait near underwater structure. The bluegills are beginning to leave the banks making them harder to find.

Ohio River: The Ohio River levels remain stable at 34.79 feet this week, which is within normal limits. While the Ohio River has been pretty stable this year the above the dam fishing has slowed and the below the dam fishing has improved in the last few weeks. Largemouth Bass: Fair and improving. Crankbaits, jigs and small spinnerbaits have produced this week fishing points and areas that hold weeds. Some bass have also been caught near discharge areas fishing blade baits. We also saw some smallmouth caught this week using jig & pig baits fishing rocky areas. White Bass: Some white bass above the dam have been hitting blade baits and inline spinnerbaits. Look for schooling fish.

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: Fair, fishing inline spinners and blade baits. Look for breaking fish. We are also getting some reports of Hybrid Striped Bass catches using stick baits and live bait fishing near discharge areas. Bass: We are looking for some new reports on the bass fishing below the dam. If you get on the water help us out! Catfish: Fair, using live bait in backwater areas. Minnows, cut-bait and worms fishing on the bottom have all been successful.

Yatesville Lake: Water temperatures have been in the 60-62 degree range, and lake levels have remained at summer pool. None of the Huntington Districts lakes have started the winter drawdown at this point, but we expect that to begin at any time. This lake has also started to turnover making the fishing spotty. This should improve as the water becomes stable. Bass: Some good catches have been reported using spinnerbaits, creature baits and crankbaits while fishing first break structure and deep-water points. Spinnerbaits have also been very effective this week fishing timbered coves and flats that are near deep water. Crappie: Good, 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: Fair, fishing spawning beds and creek heads using live bait and worms. Bluegill: Slow, bluegills continue to be active fishing deeper humps and roadbeds. Worms, crickets, and small hair jigs have all been producing some results.

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