Category Archives: Fishing

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

Spring/Summer 2018

8/26/18: Too busy to fish for a while now…should be able to get out in the next week or so, though. What are you catching?

7/8/18: A couple of hours at a private lake yielded nothing…it’s hot…

6/10/18: A quick trip to a private lake was cut short by weather, but I managed to land some bluegill and two decent catfish (15 and 18 inches). Catfish for dinner!

6/3/18: Taylorsville Lake Tailwater is an interesting spot I went to yesterday afternoon. It offers great access to a spot where multiple species can be fished. Check it out at the new Taylorsville Tailwater page.

 

 

5/12/18: I finally made it to Otter Creek yesterday. The area is gorgeous, and the fishing was good. Check out the new Otter Creek page for more details.

Winter 2018

3/3/2018: Another cold two hour trip with no results…ready for spring!
2/18/2018: I went out for a couple of hours. Lots of cold wind, not even a bite.

1/28/2018:There have been a few nice days in January, so far. I haven’t gotten out this year, yet, but I do hear and read about what others are doing. I have seen nice crappie, catfish and smallmouth action reported around the state. I have not heard about an active sauger bite, yet.

Let us know what you are catching this year in the comments below!

Fall 2016

10/5/16: I had the day off work, and the weather was great. I decided to go south and check out the new Hatchery Creek, below Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River.  It’s a two hour drive from Lexington (27 South to 34 to Danville, then south on 127 all the way to Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek).

I stopped in Liberty to check out a public access point on the Green River, as well.Green River, Casey County

No fish, a few stories…check it out in the new Hatchery Creek and Green River pages.

Late Summer

10/3/2016: A quick trip to a private lake yielded nothing but one small sunfish. Still waiting for water temperatures to drop a bit before fall fishing heats up…

9/5/2016: I took my young daughter to Great Crossings on the North Elkhorn in Scott County. She didn’t stick with the “fishing” very long, but she did enjoy playing in the shallows of the creek. No fish, but nice to get out for a short time on Labor Day.

Summer 2016

Elkhorn Mainstem

8/7/2016: I decided to check out Canoe KY’s shuttle service today. For $15 they shuttle you and your kayak from their store in Peaks Mill (north of Frankfort) up to the American Whitewater put-in at Knights Bridge. It make for a 6 mile paddle that takes 3 hours, with a couple of bottom-grinding shoals and 8-10 mild class-1 spots. A nice little paddle.

I fished along the way, throwing a shakey tail and crawdad-colored grub with no success. Then I saw a guy using a spinner hook something, so I switched to a blue fox spinner. I landed a small smallmouth and a couple of sunfish.

I paddled downstream, and just upstream from Peaks Mill, hooked a nice fish, and after a short fight pulled a nice 18-19 inch largemouth into the boat. He  flipped, threw the hook, and jumped out again. Probably about 3 lbs.

Nice trip, hope to do it again in the fall.

7/31/2016: I checked out VPA 1 and 3 on the Elkhorn mainstem Sunday afternoon. The water was up a little, slightly stained. I cought a couple of sunfish, nothing to write about, really. It was the first time I have actually stopped at VPA 3. There’s not much room there, but there are spots for 3-4 people to fish. The current and position would be ideal for smallmouth.

7/9/2016: I thought the fish might be a bit more active after the rain, but I was wrong. Three hours of fishing yielded nothing Saturday afternoon. Weather was nice, though. Perfect, really.

6/18/2016: I know we’re a few days away, but I’m ready to call it summer. I decided to hit a few spots on the Elkhorn Saturday afternoon. I started out at Robinson Dam, which I haven’t seen since last year. The spring floods really changed a few things around there. I threw a black/chartreuse tube jig for a few minutes, landing one sunfish and several hits.

Next up, I decided to stop at the Forks of the Elkhorn in Frankfort, only to see “Private Property” signs tacked up. Apparently, that site is no longer open. I headed across Steadman Lane, to Peaks Mill Road (1900), to check out the Elkhorn VPA sites 1, 2 and 3. Site 1, as usual, had the 5-6 parking spaces full. I drove on, and ended up at VPA 3. I caught a few small sunfish, and fought something larger for several seconds before it threw the hook. It was a pretty afternoon, and there was a lot of paddling traffic on the creek. Nice to get out…

Spring

6/4/2016: I’ve been hitting a private lake for a couple of hours each weekend. Lots of smallish crappie each time. I’m going to try to hit some creeks this month. What are you catching these days?

4/16/2016: 20160416_163612 20160416_180705Good day on a private lake–ended up with 12 crappie and a 17 inch hybrid striper! (pictured)

4/16/2016: Looks like we’ve hit a perfect weekend–let us know about where you’re fishing in the comments section!

3/20/2016: I headed down to Lock 7 of the Kentucky River Sunday afternoon, to see if there happened to be any sauger running. No sauger, but several other anglers. The guy next to me caught a small drum, so at least something was biting. Glad to see the weather improving.

2016

Just a reminder–Kentucky hunting and fishing licenses expired on 2/28/2016. Renew your license today at http://fw.ky.gov.

2/28/16: I spent an hour fishing a private lake Sunday afternoon. The sun was out, but the wind was a sustained 20 MPH. I did, however manage to catch a nice channel cat, about 18″. I used a big fat grub out of my garden–I turned the compost to look for worms and found several. They were white, and the size of my little finger. The fish nailed the grub after about 10 minutes of waiting, and fought hard. Two nice fried fillets, plus several “bites”; my family ate it up. Winter fish taste best, in my experience, and this was no exception.

2/20/16: Water levels have been too high to try for sauger. Lock 7 was at 17 feet Saturday; 13 feet is about as high as you’d want it to be, in my experience. I tried fishing there a couple of weeks ago, at about 14.5 feet, but it was a muddy swell. Maybe next weekend…

1/3/16: I fished Lock 7 for a couple of hours today. A few light hits, but no sauger. Another guy came along, and said that he’s fished there several times each week, for several years. The sauger and walleye aren’t really there yet, but when they come, they come in strong. He showed me a picture from last year of a limit on a stringer; he said he caught them in 21 minutes. He was throwing a chartreuse grub on what appeared to be about a quarter ounce black head. He said February is the best month (that’s when I’ve had the best luck with sauger, as well.) I’ll let you know if I hear anything about fish showing up–I hope to hit them this year.

1/1/16: Happy New Year! KY River levels are falling after the recent rain, and the air has cooled. Should be about time for sauger to start staging below dams. I’m going to try to get out on one of these clear days to try my luck. Let us know how winter fishing is going for you in the comments section below…