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  1. Everyone has their own thing... LOL, Again, I'd...

    Everyone has their own thing... LOL, Again, I'd definitely leave mine on while night fishing under lights. What if the bait moves up or down and I need to adjust? Presence of predator fish WILL...
  2. Every minute is a new minute when it comes to...

    Every minute is a new minute when it comes to fishing. I certainly think there are times it matters. When is hard to say. I certainly know for a fact there are times it doesn't matter. There are...
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    Consider more cool water was pulled out of...

    Consider more cool water was pulled out of Cumberland than normal with the record flooding in the spring and over drawing for the new marina this fall. Water temps down to 80 foot have been above 63...
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    There are kills pretty much every year. There is...

    There are kills pretty much every year. There is usually some die off 7 of 10 years I would guess. The question is how bad does the water get and how many fish die off. Most years the number is...
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    No. The corp has a distribution list and they...

    No. The corp has a distribution list and they send it out via email. You have to sift through other lakes and tail waters but it's worth it if you want to keep up on all things stripers and walleye...
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    I received the latest water quality report...

    I received the latest water quality report yesterday. Here's a snapshot at the dam. Note that the water can vary in different parts of the late but the data shows similar numbers for all the tested...
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    Warm rain won't help much. The oxygen levels in...

    Warm rain won't help much. The oxygen levels in surface to 40 is fantastic. But stripers and walleye can't live in that warm of water. They can visit, but they have to go through dead water that...
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    I've heard of a few fish but nothing substantial...

    I've heard of a few fish but nothing substantial at this point. Many of the smaller fish that are floating are from fishing mortality. The last two I caught had pink bellies which are a tail tale...
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    There are some white bass in Cumberland. I think...

    There are some white bass in Cumberland. I think the few hybrids are a result of both cross spawning and some mixups at the hatchery. I lean more toward cross spawning as the classes are spread...
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    Yep, you were mostly under them and they will not...

    Yep, you were mostly under them and they will not feed down. Those are actively feeding, so knowing your are under them, you can speed up and raise the lines. Stripers LOVE to hit rising lines. ...
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    Sure is. Those look like some decent fish there...

    Sure is. Those look like some decent fish there and a wad of bait as well. Those fish were there to feed.

    I have a question. What did you have your lines set to, how fast were you moving and...
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    To be honest, it is entirely possible and...

    To be honest, it is entirely possible and actually most likely that a guide could be fishing in 30' in the backs of the creeks and you would not be doing it wrong fishing the main lake! It happens...
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    I would highly suggest hiring a guide instead of...

    I would highly suggest hiring a guide instead of following them. You'll learn a ton more working with a pro versus shadowing them. I had boats shadow me off and on the past few weekends and it...
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    Day action has picked up significantly so that...

    Day action has picked up significantly so that probably means the night bite has phased down. They could make another push or not. I'd say 50/50 based on the moon phase but I would lean toward the...
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    i only caught one fish that hadn't spawned out...

    i only caught one fish that hadn't spawned out this weekend but lost a monster at the side of the boat that was fat as well. Fishing was tough Saturday for me but much easier Sunday. Part of the...
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    I don't have anything first hand. I know Grider...

    I don't have anything first hand. I know Grider pretty well and I would guess launching from the middle ramp may be possible with another ft drop or so. Many ramps would be accessible if it were...
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    I saw the numbers a few days ago and these are...

    I saw the numbers a few days ago and these are probably off some, but it seemed like the inflow into the lake was three times what they were able to output at the time. I think the output was...
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    New record happened last night (2/24 before...

    New record happened last night (2/24 before midnight). Current level is close to 753 and rising fast. Consider how hard it is for Cumberland to rise when it's this wide and it should provide some...
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    This is a pretty recent pic of Grider Hill. I...

    This is a pretty recent pic of Grider Hill. I have seen bait and fish move into the parking lot above the arrow. Pulled my boat up to a picnic table and threw red fins off it at them. I blanked. ...
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    Here's a pic from Stripernut of Jamestown. He...

    Here's a pic from Stripernut of Jamestown. He has a very somber report of the lake condition. I'll let him fill everyone in..
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    Grider Hill has closed the access road to the...

    Grider Hill has closed the access road to the launch ramps. The road in front of the lodge is too tight to turn if you were thinking of using the old, original ramp. Launching from Grider Hill is...
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    Grider just emailed us to let us know the Corp...

    Grider just emailed us to let us know the Corp has instructed them to prepare for levels surpassing the old record of 751.4. They will shut power off to more dock sections as needed during the...
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    Wolfe Creek is closed and I believe Burnside is...

    Wolfe Creek is closed and I believe Burnside is close to closing or has limited access. Some slips are without power at Grider Hill (Mine) and I expect more to come soon. Be VERY careful if you do...
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    We use salt as well any time and all the time. I...

    We use salt as well any time and all the time. I use water softener salt crystals from Lowes. There are other options but clean salt without iodine is the ticket. My general rule is 1.25 cups per...
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    Look for notifications at the top just to the...

    Look for notifications at the top just to the right of your name. It will go bold when you had messages.

    Make sure to let the guide(s) know it's an informational trip versus a just for fun...
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    I would use a manufactured tank if someone made...

    I would use a manufactured tank if someone made the right size in 45-50 gallons. I have a specific place and a tight fit so my home made tank is perfect for it. All the bait tank makers are killing...
  27. Oh, As far as gizzards, I have not targeted them...

    Oh, As far as gizzards, I have not targeted them since they raised the lake back up. The growth that is under water now was just too much to attempt throwing a net versus catching alewives. You can...
  28. I have no clue what the bait is doing right now. ...

    I have no clue what the bait is doing right now. I'd check my graph to get an idea on where to set lights. I wouldn't think you'd have much problems with the smaller bait with either of those nets....
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    Double triple what Stripernut said. Not all...

    Double triple what Stripernut said. Not all spoons are created equal and different spoons work with different conditions and presentations. I like a tear drop type spoon in .5 oz or .75 for these...
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    If it were me I would plan to fish very cold...

    If it were me I would plan to fish very cold water and the things that happen in it. I'd fish smaller bait, look for bait dying and fish spoons jigged off the bottom or Bucktail jigs free falled...
  31. Thread: life jackets

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    Information straight from the Ky Boaters guide...

    Information straight from the Ky Boaters guide regarding locks.
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    Dams associated with the locks
    can be very dangerous. Below all locks
    and dams, boat...
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    Yes. I focus mostly on Indian Creek and the main...

    Yes. I focus mostly on Indian Creek and the main lake down to Beaver\Otter. Be very careful out there. The lake is a mess and debris can move from one area to another very quickly. There won't be...
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    I just checked my notes and my first trip last...

    I just checked my notes and my first trip last year was mid Feb. Smaller Alewives (3"-4") worked as good or better than bigger bait. Fish were all clumped together... Meaning I would get five fish...
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    I don't mean to discredit information, but I...

    I don't mean to discredit information, but I haven't seen seven inch threads on Cumberland. There may be some, and I am open to the concept, but the average thread is around three and good ones run...
  35. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    I think I helped derail your thread a tad. You...

    I think I helped derail your thread a tad. You asked about mapping cards? I use the Navionics Hotmaps Platinum.
    ...
  36. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    I don't have the luxury of spending hours on the...

    I don't have the luxury of spending hours on the water before a trip. I usually get in the evening before and must spend time getting the boat set and prepare to catch bait. So I've had to come up...
  37. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    I would start with taking a day and watching his...

    I would start with taking a day and watching his free and open tips. He has plenty on his site and you can find plenty on Youtube. I would pay close attention to the screens on the different...
  38. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    I do! I do!! I disagree that the dead zone is...

    I do! I do!! I disagree that the dead zone is as much of a factor as some make it out to be. The dead zone can happen when the graph reads a higher contour on the bottom and doesn't return a drop...
  39. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    LOL As a geek that fishes I can fully understand...

    LOL As a geek that fishes I can fully understand how he could put you to sleep. Full disclosure: I've never taken one of his courses. I've learned the hard, long way through research, tons of...
  40. Thread: Helix Sonar

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    Understanding what you see... No matter what...

    Understanding what you see... No matter what technology you use... is vastly more important that the technology you choose.

    https://doctorsonar.com/ is a fantastic source not just for learning...
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    Short fish have been running above the better...

    Short fish have been running above the better fish. That wasn't always the case but it was a pretty good rule of thumb. Cats were biting soft and usually move in for clean up duty after the...
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    Geesh, let me think.... I haven't updated my...

    Geesh, let me think.... I haven't updated my notes and I need to do that today. We got 6 fish limits every day 3 went out but one. That day we had 11 fish, just couldn't get the last keeper. Had...
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    Stripers are schooled tight and moving fast. Hit...

    Stripers are schooled tight and moving fast. Hit em when the iron is hot if you can find them. I've had to search for them every day but it's like a Chinese fire drill when I do. I have not been...
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    From what I understand, selling alewives is...

    From what I understand, selling alewives is illegal as they are considered an invasive species.
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    Bait has been tough on the lower end. I hear...

    Bait has been tough on the lower end. I hear it's tough mid lake as well but I do not have first hand knowledge on that. You can find some fish just about anywhere as of last weekend. I got my...
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    I saw some for about 10 seconds today about 400...

    I saw some for about 10 seconds today about 400 yards behind me. LOL I got my fish old school.... Pulling bait.
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    I used to think Alewives were the key reason for...

    I used to think Alewives were the key reason for the change. But there are plenty of threadfins these days. Does bait seem to not bunch up as much as they used to? Seems that way to me. Screen...
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    I can't go out and hunt for Fall Jumps. I've...

    I can't go out and hunt for Fall Jumps. I've tried... I just can't. If they find me, great. Otherwise, I'll fish on with no jump expectations. LOL Stripers are usually more unpredictable around...
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    Fish were a little sluggish out of the gate this...

    Fish were a little sluggish out of the gate this morning but warmed up once the sun was high. They also were a little deeper today with fewer fish above 45. All my hits came at 50 ft over open...
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    Fish are very active today. Got two at 40. I...

    Fish are very active today. Got two at 40. I saw lots of quick hit jumps but I wasn't jump fishing. They are moving fast but staying in a general area. Lots of scattered fish and packs of 5-15...
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