UPDATE: 7/28/2011 KDFWR has a new page listing recently acquired access sites on the Elkhorn and other waters. Click here to see the page.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced the Landowner Fishing Access Program, which provides financial incentives to landowners with farm ponds, stream & lake access, or private boat ramps to open for public use. If you are a landowner interested in participating, make contact with the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will definitely be watching updates and announcements about this program–additional access is what Smallwater Fishing is all about. Incidentally, KDFWR is also offering a similar program for private land opened to the public for hunting.
If you hear anything, see articles, or other information, please share it with us in the comment section below.
2010 was a year of extremes in Kentucky–a 500 year flood in the spring, and two months of drought in the summer. I didn’t make it out as much as I wanted to, but there were a few highlights (See Elkhorn and Cedar Creek Lake pages for those…)
With winter here again, I’m trying to push my fishing into a new season. The FINs program stocked many local lakes with trout recently, and once this cold snap lifts, I plan to see what the rainbows are hitting in this weather. This time of year, my outdoor time is mostly devoted to hunting and woodcutting, but I’d love to add fishing to the mix.
Share your ideas on how to be a four season angler in Kentucky–I’d love to hear about it, and so would others!
What a hot, dry summer it has been. Water levels are down in lakes, streams and ponds. This isn’t necessarily good in standing water, but it sure does make creek fishing more interesting. I’ve been hitting the Elkhorn regularly for a few weeks now, and there is some really nice action with the smallmouth going on there.
In an update to the Elkhorn page, I mentioned hooking and fighting something HUGE in the creek a couple of weeks ago. No replay of that yet, but there has been a little bit of action out there. Also, a reader added a really nice update to the Stoner Creek page–that is one creek I plan to get into soon to learn more about.
With September should come more variation in temperature. Hopefully this wakes up the daylight-hours action on the small lakes of the region.
Please feel free to add your two cents on any of the pages–actual user’s experience is most valuable on this site.
Things have been heating up recently–summer is here with a vengeance. I’ve finally made time to hit the water in the last few weeks, with a nice trip to Cedar Creek Lake, more Elkhorn action, and some trips to smaller lakes like Scott County Park.
More comments have come in with reports on lakes and streams in the area–thanks for your additions, we all appreciate it! Please share your experiences in the comment boxes; sorry things don’t show up instantly–I’ve been battling Russian Spambots online.
Bass action is heating up–reports are floating about heavy smallmouth activity on the main stem of the Elkhorn, and action on lakes has increased as well. I fished the Elkhorn last weekend, and landed a decent little smallmouth. The guy next to me, though, hauled in what appeared to be at least a 20 inch bronzeback. Water temperatures are up, and the fish are moving.
I reeled in a nice 14 inch largemouth on Lake Reba two weekends ago; a lot of fun watching him dart back and forth at the weed line.
Stay tuned for more details and updated reports–as I hear from others (send me your reports!) and hit the water myself, I’ll try to add as much as I can so you can have the scoop on what’s happening where.
The winter was too long this year, for sure. I’ve managed to make it out twice in the last few weeks, as the weather is finally improving. A recent trip to Red River Gorge turned up no fish, but a nice day, and a visit to Scott County Park yielded a decent stringer of rainbow trout. It is a bit early to hit the Elkhorn or cast for largemouth in the local lakes, but trout are full-on ready to go. If you get the chance, work out those casting muscles in some of the local waters–the FINS program with KDFWR is actively stocking trout these days in numerous lakes around the state. Their website has the details.
As I get the chance, I’m also adding pages pertaining to kayak fishing, with a focus on freshwater (there is a pretty good bit of info out there for saltwater yak fishing). I can use your help–feel free to comment, query, or otherwise submit articles, tips, questions and ideas to help fill this out.
Activity has dropped off drastically since the fall. I got out to the Elkhorn last weekend for a couple of hours, only to hook a very small sucker of some sort. Water levels have been reasonable, but apparently the colder weather has dramatically slowed feeding patterns.
Winter is the time of dreaming about finding fish, for me. I find myself walking the aisles of sporting goods departments scheming and planning the 2010 season. Hopefully, I will find a weekend or two over the next few months to get out and stretch a line. Drop a note in the comments if you know of any good bets for winter fishing in Kentucky!
Smallwater Fishing is intended to be a resource for people who fish from the shore, on foot, or in small craft like kayaks and canoes. There are lots of sites with information for people who have trailered boats. There is a lack of information for people who fish from the bank or use only small craft–hopefully this site will help those without a bass boat find good fishing.
I decided to start this site after spending several years searching for info about places to fish on foot. Typically, I could find the name of a waterbody, and little else. Living in Central Kentucky, fishable water is relatively hard to come by. After years of effort, driving, and trying to find decent places to cast a line, I have collected a fair bit of information about where to fish without a fishing boat.
This spring, I bought a sit-on-top fishing kayak. I keep it on the wall in my garage, and have removable racks to carry it on top of my Jeep. At less than 60 pounds, I can manage it pretty well on my own. I have spent most of the warm weekends of the year on the water, finding various small lakes in the area. I still fish on foot, as well, wading local creeks and finding small ponds.
I hope you can find a new place to fish near you–my posts are about Central Kentucky fishing (within an hour or so of Lexington). In time, I hope to begin branching out with posts from others from around the country. Thanks for looking!