10/2/2020: I took my daughter out to Hisle Park for a bit this afternoon. We tried fishing in the pond near the main entrance. Couple of bites, no fish. Still, it is another option in Fayette County, which is nice.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
I went to Mammoth Cave National Park last weekend for an overnight paddling trip with some friends. Read about it on the new Green River, Mammoth Cave page.
12/2/2017: Two successful weekends in a row…last week I caught a 2.5 lb catfish at a private lake, and this weekend I caught a limit of trout at Rolex Lake (pictured). They are stocking them bigger this year, apparently. Three over 12 inches. I caught them using a rainbow tiger rooster tail doped with garlic powerbait.
10/29/2017: I haven’t managed to make it out for several weeks, now. I did get out in October, catching a dozen bluegill and one nice 2-lb catfish. Are you having any luck this fall? Tell us in the comments below.
6-26-17: I sneaked out last night, and spent the two hours prior to dark fishing at a private lake. Several bluegill, one fight with what appeared to be a good-sized catfish that threw the hook…The weather was beautiful, and it was nice to get out.
6/3/2017: I spent several hours kayaking the North Elkhorn after putting in above Robinson Dam. I caught a very nice hybrid sunfish (about 1 pound–a slab!) throwing a chartreuse roostertail. Several smaller bluegill and sunfish, but I couldn’t get any bass to connect. A great day on the water, still.
5/16/2017: A quick trip to Sportsmans Lakes in Frankfort yielded one hit, no fish. Nobody else was catching anything either…
5/11/2017: Catfish stocking in FINs lakes is going on this time of year. Jacobson Park in Lexington is slated to receive 2300 catfish on May 12. Rolex Lake at the Horse Park will receive 1100 on May 23. Check out the Fish & Wildlife page for more info.
04/05/17: My young daughter is on spring break this week…I took her to a local lake to fish. She caught three sunfish, and Daddy caught none. She can catch all (well, most) of the fish and I’ll be happy.
Spring is here! Look for white bass runs in the Dix and Salt Rivers, and catch late season trout at FINs lakes around the state. Share your current activities in the comment section below.