Aug 17, 2012
Air Temperature: Low 68 High 82
Water Temperature: Low 82 High 84
Water Elevation: 358.5'
Water Clarity: Fairly clear (4' visibility green stain)
Late August fishing on Kentucky Lake is a collage of contradictions. We're still a month away from official "fall" fishing, yet some days it sure feels like fall is here and other days make you think summer is here to stay. You can catch 'em shallow one day and deep the next (or in the same day). Water temps are falling so the fish should come shallow, right? Cooler water sinks, so the deeper water is coolest, right? Throw some river current, abundant grass beds, shell beds, ledges, bright sun, clouds, wind, etc. into the equation and this fishing sure can get confusing! Here's my advise...hire a good guide, let him worry about all this stuff and enjoy the beautiful day catching fish!
I had mostly Largemouth Bass and White Bass fished lately with good success. The past few days I've done a little Yellow Bass and Crappie fishing. I've noticed a big increase in the Crappie activity level. Remember those hundreds of 9 1/2" Crappie we caught last April? Well, now they're 10 1/2" and biting! (10" being legal size) It's fairly easy to catch a limit of Crappie with a few monsters mixed in right now.
September is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to the great pre-fallfishing to come. The biggest problem I find with September fishing is deciding which species of fish to target. They're all biting! Why not take advantage of the good weather and good fishing? Get on down here to KY Lake and let's have some fun! Call 877-354-6017. View pictures of recent catches on my "Picture" web page.
Finding good action early and late in the day fishing shallow. Top water baits, spinner baits, rattle traps, shallow cranks, and light soft plastics are productive. Later in the day a 10' worm, football jig, and one ounce spinner baits fished on main lake drops are producing. Main Lake flats 6' to 10' are also producing good sized fish and good action. Crank baits and blade baits are best on these shallower flats.
We've caught some nice Smallmouth on crawfish colored jigs fished 12'to 16' deep along rocky banks and shallow wood near deep water.
The Crappie bite has been best during cooler periods. Early in the morning has been best. Fish main lake brush and stumps 12' to 20' deep with jigs and minnows for some nice slabs.
Fish vertical pillars, concrete walls, docks, and mussel beds for good action. Small spoons, wax worms, night crawlers, or crickets will catch some extra big gills.
The Blue Cats are schooling up in deep holes on the main river channel. Fish large shiners, shrimp, leaches, or your own favorite concoction 40' to 65' deep for the best action of the entire year.
The White Bass bite has been good but spotty fishing in-line spinners and spoons 15' to 25' deep near the main river channel. Early and late in the day there has been some surface busting on shallower main lake flats 10' to 15' deep.
If you're in need of some good fishing or a few good spots, techniques, or patterns for your upcoming tournament, feel free to give me a call at 877-354-6017 or e-mail me at info@CaptainKirksGuideService.com
See ya on the water.
Captain Kirk, out!