New year, new possibilities…Fishing has been sporadic for the last couple of months. I fished a private lake with a cull order for bluegill and crappie (don’t release any/harvest all). I obliged the rules by catching about 20 smallish bluegill in about 15 minutes with a worm and hook.

Other than that, pretty quiet, recently. I need to hit up the sauger this month. Tell us what you’re catching in the comments!

Summer 2020

9/2/2020: It has been a quiet couple of months since my last post. I did manage to get out a few times locally, with no results. I spent a week in Isle of Palms, SC at the end of July and fished most days I was there. No big stories–some whiting, a small stingray, one red drum. Hopefully temperatures will break a bit soon.

7/5/2020: Two hours on Ellerslie produced five quality bass, throwing a wacky-rigged pumpkinseed senko worm. My best day in ages, my best bass of the last year, at least.

6/14/2020: I took my kayak out on Lake Ellerslie yesterday morning. I managed to land two largemouths and a bluegill on a chartreuse grub jig. What started out as a very calm day turned windy, though. There were whitecaps on the lake, coming at me from the direction of the launch. I paddled the mile or so back in the wind–it was a workout. Still nice to get out…

Almost Spring

3/7/2020: It’s been a slow winter on the fishing front. I went out last weekend in the nice weather, hitting Scott County Park, Lake Lusby, and Robinson Dam on the Elkhorn. One bite, no fish. I didn’t see anyone else catching at those places, either. Hopefully the warm-up will kick-start fishing in the coming weeks.

Cold weather fishing

12/28/19: Two days of fishing, zero fish. I checked out both Sportsman’s Lake in Frankfort and the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Lake. A few strikes at Rolex, no fish. I tried various lures and red worms, still nothing. Oh well…

11/28/2019 Trout have been stocked in several FINS lakes over the last month. I tried to cash in at the Horse Park over the weekend, but no fish. There were probably 10 others fishing there, and I saw about half catch a fish or two. Corn was popular, and another angler told me chartreuse and orange spinners were working. I’ll try again soon…


9/1/2019: I got out for a few hours this afternoon to Lake Ellerslie. Using a rainbow colored roostertail, I landed two 10-11 inch largemouths and one 12-inch crappie. Using a chartreuse jig, I caught several small bluegill as well. It was a nice few hours on the water.

Spring 2019

6/22/2019: A couple of hours on the lake yielded two decent catfish for dinner–one on a crappie jig and one on a red worm. What are you catching?

5/27/2019: On Memorial Day, I took my kayak out on a private lake in Fayette County, and had a very productive day; 5 bass, 5 bluegill, 1 “Mirror” carp (8 lbs) and a crappie. All taken on rocky outcroppings, 3-6 feet of water, using a chartreuse curly-tail jig and crappie nibbles.

4/13/2019: I headed to Taylorsville WMA to try my luck with the white bass. It was a slow day, but I did manage to land one white bass and one small bluegill. Weather was nice, and the area is not yet grown over. It was easy to traverse the banks and fields today.

Salt River white bass, 2019

3/31/2019: I hit a private lake yesterday for a couple of hours, with no luck. Last week I took my daughter out, and we pulled in four bluegill in an hour. Fishing has been slow for me, but reports are bubbling up about White Bass runs in the creeks and river systems around the state. I hope I get a day or two in the near future to give them a shot.

Sauger Weather

12/22/2018: As water temperatures drop, sauger begin to stage below dams in rivers and creeks. The Ohio River, Kentucky River, Salt River, and Elkhorn Mainstem hold sauger, and are easily reached from Central Kentucky. In my opinion, sauger are the best eating fish in Kentucky (though crappie give them a run for the money).

Below is a YouTube video I shot a few years ago about sauger on the Kentucky River. Check it out, and tell us about your sauger fishing experiences in the comments!

Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

11/23/2018: I drove over to Southland Christian to check out their pond that recently enrolled in the FINS program. Nothing astonishing to report, but you can see more in the Southland Christian FINS Lake page.

I also headed over to Jacobson Park to see if I could zoom in on any of the trout recently stocked there. No luck. I didn’t see any jumps or other signs of trout, there. I know the state trout stocking has been delayed and possibly spotty this year.  KDFWR page mentions a fishkill at the hatchery last year is causing delays.

I’ll try again for the trout in the next week or two after additional lakes are stocked.

Hot October

10/8/18: Taking a day off, I spent half the day Monday fishing the headwaters and tailwaters of Taylorsville Lake.  After seeing a video shot two days earlier of a guy who hit a white bass run on the Salt River, I headed to the WMA to access the Salt River below Glensboro in Anderson County. No white bass, but I did land a few good-sized bluegill. I figured the walk from the parking area to the river would be waist-high weeds and brush, and I was right.

After an hour or so fishing those muddy banks, I headed over to the other end of Taylorsville Lake, to the Tailwater Access. There I caught a 10 inch largemouth on a heavy chartreuse roostertail, and a small sunfish on a meal worm. Okay for 90 minutes of casting in the roaring water. The mist felt good in the 85 degree heat. A little hot for October, but no complaints here. It will be cold and miserable, soon enough.

Salt River, October 2018

Motor boats aren't required for great fishing!