June 29, 2005
Water Temp 85
Still catching those bass on Kentucky Lake! In fact, with the warmer water, I seem to be catching more large fish. I invite you to check out the pictures on my website. The pictures are listed with the most recent ones first and have dates on the bottom right. I must say I have the best, most photogenic clients in the world and we’ve been having lots of fun playing with these fish in KY Lake. Check ´em out and see if you can tell what’s wrong with these pictures. Answer: You’re not in them!
I’ve been ledge fishing lately and as the temps have gone up, the fishing has been just getting hotter. To me, there is nothing more exciting than sitting on a ledge way out in the middle of the lake and seeing a big school of bass come chasing shad out of the water. When you see 30 or 40 good size bass busting around the boat, you know you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the lake. Very close to the heart!
Now is the best time of the year for numbers and size of Largemouth Bass. The bass are schooling up and it is not unheard of to catch 60 Largemouth on one certain spot in a matter of hours. But, because the fish are schooled in big numbers on certain spots, there are many places void of fish. You will find a good, experienced fishing guide invaluable at this time of year.
Before I tell you how and what I’m catching these fish on, I would like to strongly encourage Catch and Release on Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. These bass are the future of our beloved lake and can be caught over and over and enjoyed by many if released. Keep the Stripers, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Sauger, Crappie, and Catfish for dinner!
I’ve been fishing drop offs (ledges) where the water depth goes from 12” to 20” or 30” quickly. A little wood on this ledge like logs, brush, or stumps will go a long way. My main bait I’ve been using for bass has been a 10” worm, Texas Rigged with a ½ oz bullet weight. Plum, watermelon, and June Bug have all produced well. I’ve also caught bass on ¾ oz Spinner Baits (chartreuse & white), Double Willow Blades fished deep, big cranks (DD22), and ½ oz or ¾ oz jig with plastic trailer. Carolina Rigging a variety of soft plastics will also catch fish.
To catch a larger variety of fish, I’ve been fishing large minnows on a split shot rig with 8 LB test. Drop that minnow down on a ledge with a lot of fish on it and you will catch Stripers, White Bass, Sauger, Catfish, Crappie, AND Bass. Do battle with a 10LB Striper or a 5LB Smallmouth on 8LB test, light spinning rod and you won’t forget it anytime soon!
A Jigging Spoon is a mainstay this month for catching White Bass and anything else that eats minnows. My personal favorite is the ½ oz Pirk Minnow. A 3/8 oz Rooster Tail will also catch White Bass on these ledges, and when cast into busting fish. After July 4th is when I get more serious after White Bass so if you need to stock your freezer give me a call.
I think that’s about enough for now. May God bless you with good fishing. Let’s all improve our future. Take a kid fishing!
Capt Kirk, Out!