July 28, 2005
Water Elevation: 358
Water Temperature: 85
It’s ”Spoonin” time here on Kentucky Lake! This time of year there is no easier way to go catch a good mess of fish than to tie on a flashy spoon, cast or drop it to bottom and jerk it up off bottom as you’re reeling in. You WILL catch fish!
Depending on where your boat is sitting, you’ll catch White Bass, Yellow Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sauger, Crappie, Catfish, Drum, Bluegill, Stripers, and who knows what else! Some people might call this ”Junk Fishing”, but I call it ”Fun For The Whole Family Fishing”. Even the most inexperienced fishermen seem to be especially good at it. It is common to catch over 100 ”Fish” in a half day trip fishing spoons only.
I fish 1/4 oz to 1 oz spoons depending on the depth of the water. You can catch fish in 3 ft to 8 ft of water in the backs of bays, on gravel bars at the mouths of bays, and shallow ridges in the middle of the main lake. I’ve been doing best fishing 20 ft to 28 ft deep on ridges, just off the main river channel. The most important thing to catching fish on spoons is the presence of bait fish. I fish 1/4 oz to 3/8 oz Cast Master Spoons shallow and ½ oz to 1 oz Pirk Minnow Spoons deep.
I find the most exciting thing about spoon fishing is that when you set the hook on a fish, you don’t know what you’ve got ´till you see it. It may be a wall hanger Bass or a ½ lb White Bass. One thing is for sure: It’s fun catching fish!
They’re back!!! I’m catching some big fish again on ledges. Texas Rigged Wacky Worms in June Bug are doing the trick. Fish main lake drops 10 ft on top, falling quickly to 20+ ft. The best action though is still shallower. Shallow (3 ft to 8 ft) bars at the mouths of bays and shallow river ridges have good numbers of bass on them. Top water baits, spinner baits, jig & pig, crank baits, soft plastic worms (rigged Texas or Carolina) and flukes are all productive.
Fair fishing can be found fishing gravel bars 3 ft to 8 ft deep with a small jig (1/32 oz.) and wax worm. Bridge pillars and grass beds in bays are also productive.
I’ve seen a few good catches on minnows fished 12 ft to 18 ft deep at the mouths of bays and on main lake ledges.
Good numbers are being caught, although they seem to be a little on the small side. Fish shallow river ridges with Spoons and Rooster Tails or fish deeper ridges (20 ft to 28 ft deep) along the river channel. I’ve been seeing some jumps in the afternoon. 3/8 oz Rooster Tail in silver chartreuse seems to work best.
I’ve caught more and bigger Sauger this summer than usual. Minnows fished 20 ft to 30 ft deep on the river channel edge seems to be best. I’ve caught many on Spoons, Tail Spinners, and Texas Rigged Sinkos.
Good fishing can be found fishing minnows 35 ft to 50 ft deep on the river channel edge. For most poundage of fillets, you can’t beat catfish.
To view some recent catches, check out the Pictures section of my website. To book a trip, call 270-354-6017 or just e-mail me.
See ya on the water.
Captain Kirk, out!