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Summer 2017

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.

Spring 2017

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.

North Elkhorn, June 2017

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.

Winter 2016/2017

1/28/2017: KDFWR has created a page with information about paddling and kayaking in Kentucky. Pretty good source of information.

12/26/2016: It’s been almost three months since I’ve been fishing. Fall is always busy with holidays, family stuff, hunting season, etc. We got a break in the weather on the day after Christmas, and I jumped on the opportunity to check out Lexington’s newest FINS lake at the Kentucky Horse Park. I put together a page to show what I found (check it out here). Caught some trout, and a ton of fairly decent hybrid sunfish. It was nice to get out before this weather decides to come back!

The New Look…

8/11/16: So, I tried to do a little routine maintenance on the website, and the theme I had been using deleted all customizations…oh well. Anyway, the site is fully functional, but it might take me a little while to get this running the way I want it.

Late Summer 2014

9/20/14: On this last Saturday of summer, I spent a couple of hours at Robinson Dam on the Elkhorn. I caught crawdads when I arrived, and used them, catching one decent largemouth and one small shellcracker. Not a lot of catching going on, but the weather was great and the water levels ideal. I was the only one there. The summer has been light on fishing for me…looking forward to cool weather fishing, with the trout and sauger.

Looking at Robinson from the parking area, Sept. 2014
Looking at Robinson from the parking area, Sept. 2014

8/29/14: I ran down to Lock 7 on the Kentucky, but found a completely overgrown path, and the water appeared to be higher than the gauge suggested. Not wanting to go sliding through the deep, snakey brush (I was wearing only shorts and tevas, not ideal), I left and headed toward Nicholasville. I  stopped at Lake Mingo, and again, the place was covered in waterfowl; too many to cast a line, really. So I took back roads and headed over to Jacobson Park. The water levels there were back to normal, and there was a fair amount of activity in the water. A light hit on the first cast, then a small bluegill after a few minutes. I got there about a half hour before dark, so it was a short fishing trip.

8/20/14: Between work, bad weather, and other commitments, it has been hard to hit the water this month. I’m hoping to get out a bit in the next week or two…share your experiences with us in the comments–I really appreciate hearing about it!

2014: Happy New Year!

KY River Sauger
KY River Sauger

1/20/2014: Sauger. I took off for a couple of hours to Lock 7 this afternoon, and reeled in this nice sauger after five minutes of casting a white curly tail on 1/4 ounce. 17 inches, 1.5 lbs. A nice break from the winter weather…

1/4/2014: It is cold. The sun is out today, though, and sauger season should be heating up below dams on the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers. Here’s a link to the video I did a while back about Sauger in Kentucky. If you manage to get out, let us know if they are biting!

Late Spring 2013

5/25/13: A friend and I took kayaks to the Elkhorn. We put in above Robinson Dam and paddled toward Great Crossing, fishing along the way. Lots of small bluegill and bass, and one “slab” redear sunfish that  jumped the hook as I pulled him into the boat. We paddled up Cane Run, which is navigable for a few hundred yards. My friend caught some crawdads, but they didn’t manage to attract anything of size.

The forecast said “0% chance of rain”. It drizzled all day. Still, it was nice to get out on the water.

5/10/13: Rain. Rain. Rain.

I really don’t have much to report, unfortunately. We should have PLENTY of water this summer, hopefully…

So, if you have had success in the last few weeks, please share it with us all. This rain has left my fishing high and dry…

Fall 2012

12/9/12: I just returned from a week in Sanibel, Florida. Beautiful weather–fished everyday. Cold, wet & grey in Kentucky–must be nearly Sauger time…

11/18/12: I hit Scott County Park for a couple of hours before dark, and managed to land two trout, one about 10 inches, the other about 14 inches (and a real fighter!). It is a great time to hit the FINs lakes around the state–trout love cooler temperatures. If you’re not in the woods looking for meat-on-the-hoof, there’s great tasting trout in the water right now…

10/26/12: As a follow up to the announcement about Jacobson Park joining the FINS program, Fish and Wildlife stocked 4000 rainbow trout (keeper-sized) into the lake on Tuesday, October 23. My experience with these stocking events would suggest that they will be hitting hard and fast this weekend. Rain is in the forecast, but keep in mind that trout love the rain (what fish wouldn’t, really?). Don’t forget that a trout stamp is required to keep trout–check regulations for details.

Late Summer 2012

10/21/12: I spent a couple of hours at White Hall in Madison County. Weather was nice, and the trout were jumping. I couldn’t connect with any, but some folks were nailing them left and right. I couldn’t see exactly what they were throwing, but it looked like a black spinner. The water at White Hall is crystal clear; this can cause fish to spook easily, so dark colors make sense. Nice to finally get a couple of hours on the water… 

9/24/12: Good news for Lexington anglers–it was reported this morning that Jacobson Park will be added to the FINS program. A decent management program has been a long time coming for Jacobson–this is a big step in the right direction. 

9/22/12: The weather is shifting into fall. I went to Robinson on the Elkhorn for a couple of hours. Beautiful day, cool weather, water was a bit cool. Fish, not so much into what I was offering. One small smallmouth, one sunfish. Quiet, though.

9/9/12: Salvisa Pond VPA–I fished this pond for a couple of hours. It is fairly close to Lexington–about 25 minutes from the around the airport. I caught a couple, but the father & daughter next to me caught bluegill non-stop. This is also a public dove field, if you’re into that sort of thing.

8/27/12: I spent a couple of hours fishing Scott County Park Lake on Sunday. Pretty slow overall–one 12″ bass and a couple of little ones, all on a chartreuse roostertail. I did see one nice, 20-ish inch bass sleeping under a bush at the water’s edge. No interest whatsoever in what I was throwing.

8/19/12: A new page for Willisburg Lake has been added after a trip there yesterday afternoon. The lake is easy to find, accessed quickly from the Bluegrass Parkway [exit 42, south 3.2 miles]. Lots of crappie, but bass are a challenge. Read about it in the report, and leave your tips, tricks, and suggestions on the comment page.

August on the Elkhorn

8/12/12 I took the kayak out for a trip on the Elkhorn this afternoon. The water flow was very low–around 8 cfs. I launched into the pool above Robinson dam, and paddled about half way to Great Crossings. The water was completely still, and covered in duckweed and algae.

I wasn’t really sure about what to expect, paddling through pea soup. After I launched, it became obvious that I could use this to my advantage. Bait fish were running and jumping all over the surface. Predators underneath chasing the schools out of the water–I switched to a yo-zuri pin’s minnow. No hits. Then I tied on a chartreuse roostertail, and a couple of throws later I landed a small smallmouth. I had the color, lure, and method figured out, looking for bait swells, casting across the boil, and swimming the bait through the bait ball. Soon I landed a nice little 12″ largemouth, followed by a 10″ smallmouth.

Over a two hour period, I caught four decent smallmouth and three decent largemouth. Additionally, I caught over thirty small largemouths and smallmouths. Pretty much non-stop.

I figured out that if you look for gaps in the duckweed, in areas that are otherwise completely covered, bass are hanging out there, feeding heavily. The fish weren’t huge, but they were heavy, and well fed.

Fat little bass on the North Elkhorn