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.
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.
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.
I spent a drizzly Saturday afternoon visiting some new spots: Millennium Park in Danville and Salvisa Ponds in Mercer County–no big fish stories to tell, but I have added maps, links, etc. to the new pages. Check them out–and share your new spots with us in the comments section…
The weather held out, and we made it to the Rockcastle River for a weekend canoe/camp/fish trip. The weather was a little cool, but comfortable, and the fish were biting. The trip was a trek in so many ways; read all about it on the Rockcastle River page.
4/6: I spent a few hours at Robinson Dam, trying different lures and approaches. I caught a couple of small fish, but also landed a decent 12″ largemouth, using a live red worm fished along the bottom with a slip bobber. Water was a bit murky, but they are awake and active in the Elkhorn.
Let us know about your spring hits and misses in the comments section below!
WOW…we skipped winter, and almost skipped spring. I’ve made it out a time or two recently, but was sidelined by a broken reel (my last trip to the KY river consisted of two casts, and the reel snapped off; Okuma said it was a defective model, and fixed it for free). A trip to Scott County Park with a cruddy back-up combo I bought for $10 last year yielded nothing but lots of trout jumping (mocking me, really) and two little bluegill. The reel is back in order, and I’m ready to start hitting the water again.
I tried to get a trip together on the Rockcastle River last spring, but the trip was washed out. We’re planning it again in a few weeks; hopefully it pans out this time.
I shot footage and edited a short piece on my sauger trips, but the video editor has gotten gunked up, and won’t render the final version properly. As soon as I get that resolved, I’ll post it on the Youtube channel, and hopefully add more videos this year.
That’s about it at the moment–spring bass should be hitting pretty well now. I’ll go test my theory this week….
Thanks–and let us all know where you’re fishing and what you’re catching in the comments!
3/25: Went to Lock 7 on the KY River again–cast several bright worms/grubs for sauger, but no bites. I didn’t see anyone else catching, either. Sauger may have moved downstream…
Just a quick reminder–all KY hunting/fishing licenses expired yesterday. Renew your license through the KDFWR website or at your local sporting goods store. No tax dollars support Kentucky Fish and Wildlife–license sales help fund conservation in Kentucky.
A trip to Kentucky River Lock 7 on a beautiful 55° afternoon in February yielded some excitement and a nice dinner. I’ve been scheming for years to get out and fish for sauger on the river. Finally, I got out on the weekend before the end of the license year. I had been reading various articles and web sites about what to do, where to go, etc.
It was a good trip–about two and a half hours, caught one sauger, fought another. Read more about it on the Kentucky River page.
You may notice some new pages being added, including a new Northern Kentucky section. There are a variety of other odd pages showing up (Activity, Groups, Etc.). I am not (obviously) a web designer, but I am working on adding more functionality to Smallwater Fishing. Hopefully, we’ll soon have forums attached to various subjects on the site, and readers will quickly and easily be able to comment, upload pictures, and communicate with each other directly, instead of submitting a comment and waiting for me to moderate. I’m trying to be smart about it, though, because foreign spam bots bombard the comment inbox already, so it will take some tweaking before this will be able to work on its own. Nobody wants to go into a forum filled with spam from fake pharmacies and “brand name watches”.
Thanks for your patience, and thanks for your comments and suggestions. I’ll post updates as they come along, and HOPEFULLY spend more time reporting on fishing than coding web pages.