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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

December 27, 2014

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Dec 23, 2014.

Editor’s note: As we approach Christmas our eastern lakes have stabilized. Some lakes dropped water levels back to near winter pool. Local lakes have been slow except for the Ohio River where sauger and walleye fishing has been active. Many areas of the state continue to report good smallmouth fishing too. Laurel River Lake, Dale Hollow, Cumberland and Cedar Creek all produced smallmouth this past week. Send us your pictures or story ideas to: trimmer308@windstream.net. We will try to use as many as we can in print and online.

This photo was taken this past Sunday at Cave Run near my fish camp. The water is .5 feet from winter pool.

This photo was taken this past Sunday at Cave Run near my fish camp. The water is .5 feet from winter pool.

Cave Run Lake: The lake level at press time was 724.4 feet, which is only about a half a foot from winter pool. The water temperature is 46-49 degrees. If you fish the Licking River, you need to know that it’s only safe to travel in the channel. The lake is only 1.5 feet from winter pool making many areas of the Licking River very dangerous. The best fishing has now moved to the middle of the day. Musky: fair. As the water has cooled hot baits have been Bulldawgs, some jerkbaits and in-line spinners. The in-line spinners have been the most productive bait this past week. Largemouth Bass: slow. Cold-water temperatures have put the fish near the bottom. Use jigs, drop-spoons and A-rigs once you locate shad. Baits that produced were lipless crankbaits jigged vertically, Johnson’s spoons and shakey-head jigs. Smallmouth: fair. Smallmouth fish is always spotty on this lake; however, this week some good fish were reported caught near the dam area fishing spoons and lipless crankbaits. Crappie: good. 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, we didn’t receive any reports on catfish this week.

Grayson Lake: The lake is unchanged this week as it remains in the winter draw-down and falling slowly. Winter pool for Grayson is 637 feet of elevation. At press time, it stood at 637.6 feet. The water is 46-49 degrees. Bass: Slow. The bass fishing was slow this week. Upper areas of the lake are stained as continued rains turn creeks muddy. A few fish continued to be caught fishing shakey-head jigs and chatter type baits in deep water. Crappie: fair. Fish downed timber and brush in 14 to 18 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.

Jason Carmichael continues to catch fish at Laurel River Lake, these two fish, a Kentucky bass and largemouth bass, fell for a jigging spoon in 18 feet of water. (Photo submitted)

Jason Carmichael continues to catch fish at Laurel River Lake, these two fish, a Kentucky bass and largemouth bass, fell for a jigging spoon in 18 feet of water. (Photo submitted)

Greenbo Lake: Unchanged this week. The water temperature is 46-49 degrees and the water level has been stable. Bass: Slow fishing structures with jigs and spoons. Some anglers have reported better catches when the wind is blowing and stacking up plankton near the dam. Spinnerbaits and blade baits have produced this week too. Trout: Fair to good using Berkley Powerbait and small spinners or blade baits like the Sliver Buddy. Catfish: Slow fishing cut bait in the heads of coves and deep water points. Bluegill: Slow fishing live bait near underwater structure. The bluegills have left the banks making them harder to find.

Ohio River: The Ohio River levels have fallen to 34.65 feet this week, which is within normal limits. As the Ohio River has been falling slowly the fishing was reported to be improving below the dam. Largemouth Bass: Fair and improving. Jigs and small spinnerbaits have produced this week fishing points and areas that hold weeds. Some bass has 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: A bright spot in the fishing report this week. The old standard, twin tail grubs on ¼ oz. ball jigs, are the best producers of Sauger and Walleye. Use 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 had no reports of Hybrid Striped Bass catches this week. 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: unchanged. Water temperatures have been in the 49-51 degree range, and lake levels have continued to drop. The winter pool level is 624 feet of elevation. It stands at 624.1 feet at press time and was stable. Bass: Some fair catches have been reported using creature baits and blade baits while fishing first break structure and deep-water points. Some fish have also been caught using A-rigs fishing over shad pockets in 18 ft. of water. 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: Fair, fishing spawning beds and creek heads using live bait and worms. Bluegill: Slow, we didn’t get any reports on the bluegill fishing on this lake this week.

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