Kentucky Fishing Reports
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Lance Sasser / Sasser's Guide Service
Jim Durham / Striper Fun Guide Service
Take a look at the photo of the bear Lance saw swimming across the mouth of Indian Creek in June
Lake Cumberland fishing report for may 25 th, 2013. The water temp is
about 70 degrees and clear. The water level is slowly falling back to
705 feet above sea level. The striper fishing has improved with most
days limits are being caught before 9 am. They are still scattered but
very aggressive coming off the spawn. I am fishing main lake pulling
planer boards with alewife herring from surface to 30 ft. We are
getting very few doubles but they will start schooling very soon. The
smallmouth fishing has been very good flipping shad into the bank with
small shad with light line. The bluegill fishing has also been good
fishing live bait close to cover. They will be on the nest the next
two full moons on gravel sloping banks. Good luck and take a kid
The water temp is up in mid 60 's and the water is up into the trees.
The water level is around 705 ft above sea level which makes for
fishing shallow water difficult. The water level is into the trees
which makes fishing against the bank difficult do to all the cover.
Striper fishing is the slowest it has been all year with many people
really struggling to put fish in the boat consistently.
This will change soon as the striper spawn is over and schools of fish
start showing back up. We have been doing best on planer boards fished
from the surface to 25 ft deep on the main lake. Fish are in the
creeks also but more spotty in numbers.
The smallmouth on the other hand has drastically improved. We are
catching several fishing alewife herring on planer boards close to the
Crappie fishing has slowed some do to the amount of cover in the water
which has spread out the fish. Good luck and god bless.
Lake Cumberland fishing report for April 14, 2013.
The water temp is getting up close to 60 degrees on the surface and
the water level is up about 15 ft. They seem to be letting it come up
because the river has been low for awhile.
The lake level is getting up in the trees which makes for a lot if
cover. Fish off all kinds are up shallow and in the cover. The
stripers have been jumping in schools like I have never seen this time
of year which is making for great action. We have been pulling planers
from the surface to 25 ft deep in the middle of the creeks.
The rising lake has a lot of debris on the water making a windy day
welcome because it pushes the debris to one side not in the middle.
The bass have been biting in shallow water in the head of creeks and
on shallow flats with cover. The crappie are also in the same water.
The river fishing has been good when they are generating. The white
bass ate very strong and the medium sized rainbows are strong in the
boils. Both have been caught using minnows.
Good luck and god bless.
Lake Cumberland fishing report for march 25 th, 2013.
The water temp is getting close to 50 in the creeks and still in the
upper 40's on the lower end of the lake. The water is slightly colored
from the last rain we had. Striper fishing has been good with fish
being caught from the surface to 40 feet on planer boards with alewife
herring. The alewifes have been very easy to catch making fishing a
lot easier. A lot of days the fish are close to the bank early then
more in the middle of the creek later in the morning. This is
especially true on sunny days. I have been fishing mid creek to the
head if the creek. I will start fishing mid creek out as soon as the
water gets over 50 on the main lake. The smallmouth have been slow
with most people I talk to not catching many. In fact I have only
caught a couple striper fishing this winter which is unusual.
Smallmouth love alewifes in the winter.
The crappie fishing has been just fair on this end of the lake. A few
have been caught 12 to 20 ft deep. Also I forgot to mention we have
been catching several stripers casting buck tail jigs against the
The river has been decent also with most fish. The saugers have
slowed down but the white bass has improved greatly. Seems like the
next couple weeks there should be a strong run of white bass. The
trout in the boils is a little slow so far with just a few browns
being caught but that should improve.
Thanks and god bless
Lake Cumberland fishing report for feb 14 th 2013.
The water temp is in the upper 40 in most places. The recent rains
brought the lake up over ten feet but they have been pulling it down
at a steady rate. This has made for big water on the river which I
like. The saugers have been steady to good most days bouncing a small
jig tipped with a minnow. Most people prefer bright colored jigs such
as red, pink or chart. I use the lightest jig I can keep in contact
with the bottom depending on current and wind. 1/4 ounce is most
common size. The white bass have also been biting using same jig.
Crappie has been good most days fishing the mouth of feeder creeks
coming into river with bobbers and minnows fished 5 to 10 feet deep. A
few walleye have been caught but nothing regular that I have seen. The
small trout has been good on power bait but the big browns have not
showed up in the boils yet.
The lake has been very good for stripers. Depending on the day
they have been mid creek 10 to 35 feet deep. Alewife herring fished
under planers and bobbers has been very productive. The recent rain
has the water murky in part if the creek in this water a buck tail jig
bounced on the bottom along flats is also productive. Unless Mother
Nature really puts the chill on the rest of the winter should be
excellent. The floating fly method has been working on main lake
points do to some small thread fin shad dying because of cold water.
Good luck and god bless.
-- Lake Cumberland fishing report for January 3rd, 2013
Lake Cumberland fishing report for jan 3 rd 2013. The water temp is
right at 50 degrees
and fishing has been good for most fish. The crappie have moved up
pretty shallow next
to cover. Most days they are 5 to 10 ft deep. The smallmouth have
been caught on
secondary main lake points on various lures fished from surface to 20
feet. The floating
fly method should be good soon if weather stays cold. The striper
fishing has been
awesome as long as its not too windy. They are schooled in mid creek
from 20 to 60
feet. We are pulling planers and down lines with alewife herring. The
herring have been
easy to catch all fall and early winter. The fish are mud fat and
growing. They have been
fighting really good lately also. It should be a great winter for
I have also been fishing the river for the first time since summer
after the last rains.
The trout are decent most days fishing the boils. And the sauger has
been good fishing
minnows close to the bottom in the slack water. I don't know how long
we will be able to
keep fishing close to the dam so if you are thinking of going you
better go while the
getting is good.
-- Lake Cumberland fishing report for oct 1st 2012.
The water temp is down to 74 and the fishing is good. The stripers
are in big schools
and moving a lot. When you find them the fishing is great. Somedays
it is takes awhile
to find them. If they jump it is easy if not it takes idling around
watching your graph. I am
still fishing the main lake but fish will start moving into the major
creeks soon. I have had
my best action on the fish down 70 to 80 feet.
The crappie fishing is also good around cover 5 to 20 feet deep.
The walleye are also still being caught long line trolling crank baits
in 15 to 30 feet of
water. The trees are getting ready to change get out on the lake to
enjoy a good day of
September 1, 2012
The water temp is about 80 degrees on the surface. The striper fishing
has been really
good lately with a lot of surface activity. The fish are moving fast
on the main lake like it
is fall most days. Big schools of fish are feeding on the surface most
days making it
easy to find them. Usually around the feeding surface fish are tight
schools of fish from
30 to 60 feet deep. We have been down lining alewifes into the
schools and needless
to say the action is hot and heavy. This technique should last for
several weeks With the
water cooling the jumps should last longer. The crappie fishing has
been decent fishing
close to cover 10 to 25 feet deep. The walleye are being caught on
diving crank sits
long line trolled in 20 to 30 feet of water. The smack tackle diving
gizz 3 is my favorite
and a reef runner a close second. Good luck and hope to see you on the
water this fall,
we will have some beautiful days coming up.
July 24th 2012.
The water temp is in the mid 80's and summer recreational traffic is
at the peak of the
year. This time of year is also of the peak of striped fishing on the
The shad have been easy this year so far And the fish are in big
schools which makes
for easy limits of fish in the cooler.
Most days we have our limit in 3 hours or less. Except for a
occasional big fish the size
has been down but the numbers are great. The fish are still 25 to 40
feet most days and
very aggressive. I have been fishing the main lake pretty close to the
dam with great
The walleye fishing has also improved trolling deep diving crankbaits
in 20 to 30 feet of
water. The catfish are also active in about the same water level.
This year has been
great for crappie and summer is still holding strong fishing 10 to 20
feet deep close to
cover. Hope to see you on the water. God bless
June 26th, 2012.
The water temp is in the lower 80's and the summer fishing patterns
are in full swing.
The striper fishing is very good with big schools of fish showing up
on the lower end of
the main lake. We have been pulling planer boards from 20 to 50 feet
over open water
early. Then after a couple of hours if we dont have our limit we are
finding fish laying in
28 to 35 feet of water. So far the alewife herring have been easy to
fishing very good.
The walleye have been decent long line trolling crankbaits in 16 to 28
feet of water on
the main lake. The crappie have also been strong under the lights or
near cover in the
major creeks. Please take a kid fishing this summer and pass on the
May 29, 2012
Lake Cumberland fishing report for May 29th, 2012. The first big
holiday season of the
year is over and and it seems like the summer is in full swing. The
water temp made it
up to 80 degrees on the main lake from the hot days. The fishing has
been good for
most species lately. The stripers are starting to school up and move
down in the water
column do to the warm weather. We have been pulling planer boards on
the main lake
from 15 to 35 feet deep. We will start down lining shortly as soon as
more of the big
schools move back down the lake from the spring spawning run. The
also stayed very good in the major creeks. Minnows and jigs fished
closed to cover
from 10 to 25 feet deep have been the best. The walleye are also
starting to be caught
long line trolling crankbaits in 14 to 20 feet of water. The spring
the catfish have also
been really good. The days we bottom fish for stripers we have been
catfish with shad. Good luck and hope to see you on the water.
April 30, 2012
Lake cumberland fishing report for April 30th, 2012. The water temp
is close to 70
degrees on the main lake and the creeks. The fishing has been really
good for stripers
on the main lake and the creeks. The threadfin shad are spawning and
banks most mornings and making for fun topwater action. I have been
boards from the surface to 30 feet. I have also been bottom fishing
on the main lake on
shallow points. Most days the stripers, catfish, and smallmouth have
been biting really
well using this method. The crappie fishing has also been good most
close to cover very shallow. As the water warms more the fish will
move a little deeper
and begin the normal summer patterns.