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 2017

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.

Limit of trout from Rolex Lake

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.

Summer 2017

8-6-17: Good day on the water yesterday–two largemouth (12″ and 17″), one 2-lb. catfish (pictured) and about 10 bluegill. Great weather this last weekend…

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!

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.

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.

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…

Motor boats aren't required for great fishing!