I'm planning a trip down there in late April or early May for bluegill and redear. What lake is easier to get around and how big of a boat do I need. Sixteen foot boat with a forty horsepower big enough to hit the big water?
Which lake produces better redear, KY or Barkley? I'm basically a redear fisherman, I fish on the bottom 80% of the time when I go out fishing. But I've been wanting to plan a trip down there because of the quality of fish I've seen and heard about. Are camp sites easy to obtain or would a cabin be better? I've got a 14 foot tri hull boat but the motor isn't big enough. I need some pointers from you experienced KY and Barkley fisherman. Don't want to drive from Louisville for nothing.
You can do fine here with that boat...just keep it in the creeks and bays and don't do a lot of traveling on the main lakes. There are plenty of public ramps here that can keep you ramp hopping and in the creeks and bays. Since you are fishing for Bluegill and Redear, there is no need to be out on the main lakes that time of year anyway. Campsites you can find...both improved and primitive. If you want a cabin that time of year you need to be making reservations pretty soon or you won't get one.
I appreciate the responses guys, I guess I'll take the fourteen foot boat with the biggest motor I can find. What lake is better for LARGE shellcrackers...KY or Barkley?
Can I catch these fish in Blood Creek, Jonathan Creek or where? I've never been down there and don't want to screw around five days looking, I'd like a general direction to the fish if at all possible. Thanks in advance, Troy.