Summer 2012

  • 7/28/12: Nice trip to Robinson Dam on the Elkhorn–more water, lower temperatures=three smallmouths and about a dozen bluegill…great for two hours of standing in the clear, flowing water on a 85° day.
  • 7/21/12: Veterans Memorial WMA in Scott County is now open, and features an old farm pond. I visited this afternoon, and added a new page. Fair fishing, lots of blackberries…
  • This is totally off subject, but something I want to share: Bluegrass Crime Stoppers is holding their annual Shootout shooting contest/fundraiser on Saturday, August 25 at the Police Range on Parkers Mill Rd., from 8-12:30. I’ve been involved with Crime Stoppers for several years, and this is a great event for shooters and novices alike (must be 21 to shoot). More information available here. Thanks, now back to fishing…
  • 7/5/12: I went to Scott County Park, sinking one line with catfish bait and throwing various spinners and minnows at the edges with another, where I could see bass skirting along. Something nibbled the catfish bait (hot dog and powerbait), but only one hit on a chartreuse roostertail. I packed up and headed over to Robinson on the Elkhorn, and caught a couple of small bluegill on a small soft crawdad. The water in the Elkhorn is the lowest I’ve ever seen–and the dam was releasing only a trickle. Big smallies were visible in pool, but they were too smart for what I was throwing. It did rain for about two minutes…but of course I was completely dry two minutes after that. We SERIOUSLY need a weather break and a good day or two of rain…
  • 6/30/12: It’s HOT. Haven’t been out for a while–I may try a bit this weekend, but expectations are low, at 105°…
  • New page: Sportsman’s Lakes, Frankfort added 6/16
  • New page: Owsley Fork Lake, near Berea, KY has been added. Thanks to John Abrams for the submission!
  • 6/12/12: My dad and nephew came with me to Robinson on the Elkhorn late yesterday afternoon.  We caught dozens of small to less small bluegill and sunfish, and kept a small stringer of about six “keepers”.  They added up to one labor intensive, but tasty diner off the grill tonight (enough for just me…) I caught consistently with a chartreuse roostertail, while the others used small pieces of nightcrawler (garden worms have disappeared with the heat) on small hooks and bobbers.
  • 6/2/12: I went to Lock 7 on the Kentucky River for a couple of hours this afternoon.  I saw what looked like white bass jumping–I caught nothing. So, I packed up and headed to Jacobson Park. No bites, no fish, lost four lures. Nobody appeared to be catching anything at either place. A definite off-day.

Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s hot. Summer is clearly here, again. Share your trip details with us in the comments below…

  • 5/27/12: I fished Robinson Dam on the Elkhorn last night and last weekend. Plenty of light action with a variety of lures for me–about five small fish per hour yesterday with small white salt tubes, chartreuse roostertail, and a small soft crawdad rigged with a lead head (weedless, lead at the tail end…looks like a crawdad moving slowly backwards on the bottom). Another guy was fly fishing, throwing some kind of white dry fly, similar results…A group came up the creek, and the father of the group was throwing live crawdads, and had a stringer of nice panfish. Last week, similar story for me, but there was a fellow in his 50s or 60s who came in with what appeared to be a small translucent grub, and fished it slowly on the bottom. He literally caught 30-40 fish, including a few VERY nice smallmouth and at least one slab-sized red eye (rock bass). He released all, and was there for maybe an hour.  I looked for whatever he was using at the store, and couldn’t really find it…

 

11 thoughts on “Summer 2012”

  1. try the zoom super fluke in wat. seed color at elkhorn. it is awesome. i rig it weedless and fish it like a jerkbait. i pulled out a 4 pound smallie with this. i found a new spot too. it is really shallow and it is right below a dam. there are alot of 2 pound plus smallies there.

  2. I waded a couple kliks in Otter Creek Park and the main stem of the Elkhorn past Peaks Mill Bridge as well as a few hundred meters downstream from the lowhead dam in Georgetown at Cardome Landing to the water treatment bridge. Also fished off Kayak at Lower Douglas on Knox. Best luck I have had is with a glittery blue rubber worm with a pink wiggle tail. Cut to about 4″ with a weedless rig and a small bullet sinker. Cast toward the bank and very very slowly bring it back. Sometimes a slow jig and sometimes a steady reel. Caught a couple dozen bass of various size. Found it in a kit at Walmart but can’t find the 6″ worms by themselves. Sportsman wharehouse in Lex has some nice wiggle tail grubs that color.

  3. Didn’t go Friday but did today.Temps were “SUPER HOTT” as we expected..We were there at the ramp at 6:00am trying to beat the heat.Water levels were low but we did manage to catch several bream,a few small largemouths,drum & a channel cat…Had alot of Brown trout rising around us but they didn’t want to play.Got to see some beutiful scenery & catch a few fish so I’m not complaining…Most of the fish came from the Dix River side & not much luck on the Ky side..Water temps went from 89-90 degrees on the Ky to 59 degrees on the Dix…can’t wait to do it again.have some great pictures but not sure how to load them here.Did see several other canoe & kayakers as well as 1 guy standing on a surf board looking thing paddling up the river…

  4. You aint a kiddin it’s “HOT”….
    Been fishing the Ky River every other weekend…catching a few drum,small bass & even some longnose gar…which I fried yesterday…not bad at all..kids were eating it as fast as I could cook it…will definetly keep another if the opportunity arise..
    Gonna hit the Ky & Dix River this Friday below High Bridge…wish us luck..

    See ya on the water..

  5. I don’t know if it is what he had, but there is one I noticed at Dick’s the other day called crappie magnet. They look like the body of a grub without a tail, but the second half of the grub is split up the middle. It is hard to describe, at first glance it looks like a curly tail grub without the curly tail. Next time you are at Dick’s you can check them out. They were on the end of one of the isles this weekend.

    1. Both, really. Looks like a smallish grub with no tail, and the color appeared to be a translucent/white/silver. I found a minnow-shaped grub in what appeared to be the right color (a Chatterbox minnow), but I couldn’t find the shape. I might browse BassPro or some other site to see if I can track it down…

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