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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

January 31, 2015

This fishing report was compiled for the week of Jan 27, 2015.

Editor’s note: This week I personally traveled to three of our lakes to see if they were frozen. All of them had ice and while Cave Run was iced in on the upper end, the dam end was open and boats were on the water. Greenbo was frozen, and it was NOT safe to be out on the ice. I will continue to check all our lakes for ice. Weather trends will be the key to melting speeds. However, most of them had some open water.

Many areas within the state continue to report good smallmouth fishing. Laurel River, Dale Hollow, Cumberland and Cedar Creek lakes all produced smallmouth this past week. Below the Greenup dam on the Ohio River there is good fishing to be found too. 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.

Cave Run Lake: The lake level at press time was 724.6 feet, which is only about half a foot from winter pool. Winter pool is 724 feet. The water temperature is 32-38 degrees and the river end of the lake was frozen. The best fishing is in the middle of the day. Musky: Slow, as the water has cooled hot baits have been Bulldawgs, some jerkbaits and in-line spinners. The in-line spinners were 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 tends to be spotty on this lake but this week some good fish were reported caught near the dam area fishing spoons and lipless crankbaits. Crappie: Slow but fish are hitting small 1/32 oz. jigs dressed with twister tails or minnows along with roadrunner spinnerbaits. Fish are staged in channel trees and near weed beds. Catfish: We didn’t receive any reports on catfish this week.

Scott Doan, one of the field members of Kentucky Angling continued to catch fish this past week on Dale Hollow Lake in central Kentucky. (photo submitted)

Scott Doan, one of the field members of Kentucky Angling continued to catch fish this past week on Dale Hollow Lake in central Kentucky. (photo submitted)

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 32-36 degrees. Some upper areas of the lake are stained from rains that turned the creeks muddy and parts of the lake are frozen. Bass: slow, 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: Slow fishing live bait from the heads of coves near discharge areas.

Greenbo Lake: Levels are stable, and the temperature is 32 degrees. Large portions of the water are frozen. Bass: slow. Fish 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 the fishing has been 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: Continues to be the 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 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, 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: Slow, 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 32-36 degree range, and the lake is partly frozen. The winter pool level is 624 feet of elevation. It stood 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: Slow, 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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