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Catch of the Day Archives




April 29, 2015


The shell crackers and bluegill are moving into the shallows getting ready to spawn. Caught these in 4 to 7 feet of water. I don't think they were on the bed because they were very scattered and not more than one or two in a spot. Couple more days of warm weather and it should be on.

 









April 10, 2015


Crappie have moved in on the bank and on to some shallow ledge tops in blood river. Cork and jig or casting curly tails is working good.

 








April 3, 2015


Finally Blood River gives up her bounty. We have had a slow start but looking forward to a strong finish.

 








March 9, 2015


Finally got a day without ice and snow to get out on the lake. Water is muddy in some areas but the fish are still biting. With the weather we have coming this week the bite should continue to improve. I think spring has sprung.

 








February 13, 2015


Fish finally starting to bite in Blood River. Got these 40 in about four and a half hours on Tuesday. Looks like cold weather and possibly some snow over the weekend with high winds not sure when I'll get back out there.

 









July 25, 2014


Ended up with 40 nice crappie and one catfish in just about four hours yesterday afternoon. The crappie were all over 10 to 12 foot brush piles all on hand tied hair jigs.

 









May 12, 2014


The bluegill and red ear bite is on. The next eight or ten days around this full moon should be amazing.

 

 



April 20, 2014


The crappie bite is still going strong this week. Catching a lot more white crappie now than we were a couple days ago. With the stable water conditions we should have a great spawn this year.

 

 

 



April 10, 2014


Crappie spawn is in full swing now on Kentucky lake. White and black males are all over the shoreline. I am casting a cork and jig or just a 1/8 once jig at them. This should last a couple more days until the females show up.

 

 

 



April 7, 2014


The crappie bite is on. With the warmer weather this coming week things should really improve. I expect some of our white crappie to hit the banks by the end of the week with the warming water.





March 18, 2014


The crappie bite is on. With the warmer weather this coming week things should really improve. I expect some of our white crappie to hit the banks by the end of the week with the warming water.




March 8, 2014


Myself and my clients were able to catch 30 keepers today in blood River. It was a little slow at first but as the day went on and warmed up it got better. Most of our fish came in 14 to 16 feet of water. The Bobby Garland baby shad in the outlaw special color was the best for us



March 2, 2014


Had a great day today at Jonathan Creek on Kentucky Lake. We had 40 keepers.All of our fish came in 18 to 22 feet of water. Saw several other boats catching fish. It seemed like the bite was on. Looks like the weather is not going to be good for a few days but looking forward to the next day I can get out there.



February 20, 2014


Had a great day today at Jonathan Creek on Kentucky Lake. We had 40 keepers.All of our fish came in 18 to 22 feet of water. Saw several other boats catching fish. It seemed like the bite was on. Looks like the weather is not going to be good for a few days but looking forward to the next day I can get out there.


February 14, 2014


Finally got a decent day to go fishing. We were able to catch 12 keepers including one that weighed 2.5 pounds. The water temperature was 34 degrees and there was still a lot of ice. Looks like much better weather for the beginning of next week. I think when the weather changes next week and we warm up a couple degrees it will be on.


May 24, 2013


The bass fishing has been fabulous the last couple days. The strong currents have subsided and the fish are really starting to move . We caught these fish today on a football head jig and a crankbait.



April 9, 2013


Even a 25 mph wind didn't keep us from finding the crappie today. Black and white crappie are on fire now in blood river. There is no time better than now to get out there and get you some.




April 4, 2013


The last couple days the big one's have started to move up. The weather looks great for the weekend. Most of the fish are in the 6 to 12 foot range. I am casting curly tails over brushpiles and stake beds.



April 2, 2013


When will this weather ever change. The crappie are still going good but this weather is killing me. Fingers crossed for sunshine. The spawn will come someday I'll be here when it happens.
 



March 20, 2013


Crappie fishing continues to improve as the water warms. Looks like colder weather and maybe even a little snow on the way for the weekend. Water color is stained to muddy in some areas but the fish are still biting.



March 15, 2013


Crappie fishing still going strong in the blood River area. There is a little muddy water toward the back 1/3 of the bay but most of the outer 2/3's is just lightly stained. Warming temperatures and a little more rain coming for the weekend. Get out there and get you some.



March 11, 2013


Great day with 40 nice keepers. The crappie fishing is off to a good start here in blood river. I have had the limit 8 out of the last 10 days. Most of my fish are coming from 10 to 14 feet. I am vertical fishing around slight depth changes in the back 2/3 s of blood river.



March 5, 2013


40 nice keepers caught today with my client's. Our fish came from 14 to 16 feet of water. We were vertical fishing with Bobby Garland slab slayer jigs and southern pro stingers.


February 11, 2013


The bass fishing has been very good the last couple of days. Here are a couple we had today. We are catching alot of our fish on umbrella rigs and jerkbaits. Most of the fish seem to be out on the main lake around the current.



January 28, 2013


The past few days crappie have really pick back up. We have had some nice size fish. Most are coming on ledges in 18 to 22 feet. We have been using vertical methods with home maid hair jigs and lead heads tipped with slab slayer jigs on them. Water color is getting better by the day.



January 04, 2013


Crappie fishing still going strong in blood river. Late afternoon bite saved the day for us today.




December 12, 2012


The weather is awsome and the crappie fishing is even better. We have had great catches for the last 5 or 6 days and the next few days look good too. Catching most of these fish vertical fishing Bobby Garland slab slayers. One of the best colors has been opening night and devils grin. Not sure who comes up with these names but I love it.




November 6, 2012


Finished up farming last week and am on the water again. We caught these crappie in Blood River one day this week using slab daddy jigs in 18 to 20 feet of water. They were a mix of black and white crappier. We only had 2 big ones, but the keepers were all between 10.5 and 11.5 inches. Its going to be a good couple years to be a crappie fisherman on Kentucky Lake.





September 4, 2012


This was a mess of white bass caught this week.The fish were taken on jiggin spoons on main lake ledges.We didnt see the fish come to the surface but they were very aggressive.





April 23, 2012


A nice bunch of crappie. Most were caught casting jigs over ledges in blood river. Crappie fishing has not been the same since these guys left. Dale Hill is a bad man!!!! Fish tremble when they here his name.




April 9, 2012


Taking some huge white females on ledges in blood river. These fish seem to be spawning on top of the breaks in 5 to 8 feet of water. Some reports of smaller fish on the banks but not very good numbers of keepers.




April 2, 2012


The crappie bite has been good all week. Looks like a lot of the black crappie have spawn but we are still catching a lot of white crappie that have not. Should be some great fishing for the start of April.



March 22, 2012


Today's catch was a mixture of male and female white crappie. Until today I have been catching mostly males but today the females were in the same areas. These fish were on top of ledges in blood river. I believe with the low water levels these fish are going to spawn there. We are casting jigs to these fish in 5 to 8 feet of water.



March 19, 2012


Crappie are moving to the bank and tops of ledges in blood river. The bite has been good in the mornings but best in the afternoon. The water temp is 64 degrees and the fish are loving it.

 




March 14, 2012


Stained water has not slowed the crappie down. Saw 58 degree water this afternoon in blood river. Fish are moving up and it is on.

 



March 6, 2012


The crappie are really turning on in Blood River. The last two days have been awesome. Sunday we had 25 mph winds and still were able to catch 39.Drift fishing over the flats has been the way to go the last couple days.




February 27, 2012


Crappie fishing very good in the blood river over the weekend. Ended the day Sunday with 40 keepers. The crappie seem to be moving up by the day.

 




February 24, 2012


Windy conditions have slowed the crappie bite. Bass still very good and moving shallower by the day. Best lures for us have been DT 6 crankbaits or Mega Bass jerkbaits on chunk rock banks.




February 9, 2012


Fished for bass the last couple days. The bite has been amazing. This photo shows two large mouth and a white bass all on the same rig. We had over 40 keeper bass in less than two hours.




January 26, 2012


Crappie still biting good in Blood River. I was out Monday with Russ Parsons and we caught our limit of 40. Most of our fish came from ledges in 10 to 12 feet of water. We were using tubes black/chart and pink/white.

 


January 18, 2012


Stacey King and Robert Lowe went fishing with me on Tuesday and we caught several largemouth and this one smallmouth. It was a great time and we were able to dodge a thunder storm to stay dry. We had about 25 bass total and all were caught on the Alabama rig.



January 9, 2012


My best two of the day a 6.11 largemouth and a 11.7 striper, it was an awesome trip. Our five best bass weighed 27.2 pounds.

 



December 6, 2011


Caught 30 keepers on Friday. The water is up to 359.5 about a 4.5 foot rise in the last 5 days. This did not seem to slow the bite yet but there is a lot of muddy water moving out of the river. This may cause some problems later next week. Still have not gone to big sandy yet maybe over the weekend.


December 6, 2011


Happiness is a cooler full of crappie!

 

 

 


December 2, 2011

Got out this afternoon for the first time in a while. Ended up with 20 nice crappie just in a couple hours. Started at 2:00 and fished until dark. The bite really got going the last hour of daylight. I caught most of these casting a blue/chart curly tail in 16 feet of water over brush. I must have caught 20 or more small white crappie as well. My crops are all in and the crappie better watch out.


July 18, 2011

White bass action has been great for the last couple days. Some fish being caught on bottom and some in the jumps on the surface.

 


May 25, 2011

Started the day looking for bluegill but they were slow. The catfish were eating it up on the river bank.

 

  


May 16, 2011

Had a great morning bass fishing. We had several 15 inch keepers and caught lots of shorts. Bass have really stacked up in the mouths of the creeks. Caught most of our fish on soft plastics either texas rigged or carolina rigged.  
 


May 5, 2011

Water still high but bluegill and shellcracker are biting if you can find them. These fish came from 3 to 4 feet. A small jig with waxworm was the best bait.    

 
 


April 29, 2011

High Water Pix

   

   

 
 


April 27, 2011

Crappie still a little hard to come by but can still be gotten. Some fish being caught on the bank but the best bite seems to be deeper on ledges fishing with minnows.  

 


April 13, 2011

After a slow start to our crappie season here in Blood River, they are getting better every day. This is four  - all over two pounds.These fat girls should spawn this weekend.

 


April 7, 2011

Crappie fishing still not great but seems to be improving some. Size has been good but numbers are not as high as I would like. Some fish are moving up on the bank and some are holding around tops of ledges. I am mostly casting curly tail jigs and slidder grubs.


March 29, 2011

Crappie fishing is starting to pick up a little each day. We should see our catch get better over the weekend with the warmer temps. Most of these fish are coming from 12 to 14 feet casting jigs over top of cover. 1/8 ounce heads with 2 inch curly tails have been best. Purple /charteuse and blue/pearl have been the best colors.


March 25, 2011

This photo sort of sums up the last couple days. Had six great guys down from Chicago and they suffered through some tough conditions and less than great catches. This wasn't the big fish of the trip but we had some laughs over it. Better weather and fishing on the way so get out there.


March 21, 2011

Crappie still a little slow but bass fishing is heating up. Caught several keepers and a few bigs this week.  

 
  
 


March 15, 2011

Crappie fishing has been on and off. Yesterday I only managed to catch 8 keepers and today we caught 24. Looks like the water will start coming down by the middle of the week. This should get them going.  
 


MMarch 2, 2011

30 yesterday and 27 today. All these were caught in Big Sandy in 10 to 12 feet of water. We caught some casting jigs but most were caught vertical over cover. Pink/chartreuse and purple/chartreuse have been good colors for us the last couple days. So far the water color in Big Sandy is good.
 


February 20, 2011

First bass fishing day of the year for me. We caught 10 fish only two of which were keepers. All these were caught on dt 6 crankbaits. Saw several guys fishing for crappie. I think it was a late bite. One guy said he only had 7 at 2 o'clock ended up with 27 at 5:00.


January 29, 2011

A little good weather and the fish start biting. Fished Big Sandy on Friday and ended up with 32 nice keepers. It was an afternoon bite we caught 14 of these in the last hours of daylight. Fish fry at my house Saturday.
 


January 25, 2011

The weather was cold and rainy but the fish were turned on. Caught 27 today in Big Sandy. They all came from 12 to 14 feet on tubes and slider grubs.


 


January 7, 2011

Fishing a little slow today but some nice size. Caught these in 20 feet in Blood River. These fish were suspended 4 to 6 feet above the brush. Looks like cold weather is coming might go again on Monday.
 


November 23, 2010

My deer season ended Friday morning and I am ready to hit the water. I am going sauger fishing on Monday. Check back next week for a report.

 


August 17, 2010

Its harvest time for me. I will be back on the water soon. Good luck out there.

 

 


June 30, 2010

IIts been very hot here but looks like we are in for a week of less than 90 degrees. Early and late are the best fishing times. For the last 10 days or so the best has been from about 3 until 7 in the afternoon. There has been a little more flow at this time and the fish have really fed good.


June 17, 2010

Couple of pigs caught on Ky Lake Tuesday. The weathers hot the fishing was hotter.

 

 

 

 

 


May 24, 2010

Water is still a little high and dirty but it didn't keep the Bluegill and Shellcracker from biting.

 

 


May 5, 2010

High water is making fishing tough. This photo is of a swimming pool on the lake. We have an extra 7 feet and may get a couple more this week. Catfish have been pretty good. Bluegill and shellcracker should get better as the water stabilizes. Be safe out there. There is a lot of trash out there.


April 30, 2010

Terrible conditions forecast for the weekend. Had several good bass today and the big one did get away. John jumped off a fish I thought to be over 8 lbs at the boat. Full moon this weekend and lots of spawning going on.
 


April 27, 2010

A little break from a busy crappie season. Back to the lake tomorrow.

 


 


April 20, 2010

I think we have had a good spawn from both black and white crappie. They have slowed a bit so I am shifting my attention to shellcracker. They should be hot until mid may or longer. These are a few males we caught today.
 


April 12, 2010

Two hawgs caught this morning in Bloodriver. It was just two of us today. Woody's fishing partner Pat couldn't make this trip so we left a few for next year. There are some of the biggest white female crappie out there I have ever seen. Guy from Lexington had a 3.1 at Irvin Cobb this morning. He said he caught her in a foot of water in a stake bed. She looked like she had spawned out already. I have caught a truck load of 2 pounders but am still looking for that one over 3 pounds.


April 9, 2010

Storms last night and cold this morning made for tough conditions. When the going gets tough the tough go fishing. We ended the day with 36 keepers.


 


April 6, 2010

A great day with with two very good fisherman. We fished in Bloodriver and ended the day with 44 keepers. All were caught casting to spawning flats in Blood. We caught a bunch of yellow bass as well.
 


April 2, 2010

Bob and Dale from Lexington hit a great day on Bloodriver. We had their 40 fish limit by 2:00. These four were the biggest of the day. All our fish were caught by vertical fishing brushpiles with tubes and crappie assassins. The weather is hot and so is the fishin.


 


March 31, 2010

27 keepers in Bloodriver on a windy day. Fish are moving in so get ready for the best week we have had in a while.

 


 


March 29, 2010

Water rising rapidly is causing fishing to be a little tough. We are still getting some good catches. Hope the water level stabilizes soon.


 


March 25, 2010

A nice catch in Blood River. Black and white crappie have started to move shallow and are hitting good. All the fish we caught today were in 10 to 12 feet and were caught casting curly tails and slider grubs. They should move in good in the next couple days.
 


March 22, 2010

36 keepers including this 2.75 hawg. Fish bit good most of the day but did slow toward afternoon. The morning bite has been best for us.


 


March 17, 2010

A rainy day in Bloodriver was a little tough. We caught 15 in a half day all by drift fishing flats in Bloodriver. Today fish were down in the bottom of the creek channel in 16 to 17 feet.


 


March 15, 2010

Vito, Tony and me had a great day in Blood River. We had 37 keepers some of which were big white crappie. The wind was up so we drifted flats in the sheep ridge area. Pink/clear tail was one of our best colors. Most of the fish were in 16 feet of water but only 10 feet down. Get out there and get you some!
 


March 12, 2010

Huge catch for a couple of great guys from Chicago. They flew down for a day and a half of fishing and it was awesome. Jigs fished over 16 foot ledges in the powerline area of Big Sandy was the ticket today. Lime green with white tail was our best color.
 


March 8, 2010

This one is a hawg! Just fished a half day and had 21 keepers. Fished flats in Bloodriver. There are some giants in here this year.


 


March 2, 2010

Today was a little strange. We fished from 6 to 10 o'clock with only 8 keepers then they started. It was wide open for about two hours .Then they just shut down. We ended the day with 52 keeper crappie. All were caught in 15 feet of water on tubes fished vertical.
 


February 26, 2010

This is Gene and Darrel from Bell County Ky. We caught there 60 crappie in Big Sandy today. Fish were really fired up today. They ranged from 10 to14 feet deep. A pink/chart Bobby Garland slug was our best of the day. Lots of little black crappie in there now. We must of thrown back as many as we kept.
 


February 22, 2010

Weather finally got warm enough for a bass fishing trip. This one was almost 5 lbs. We had 7 other keepers with one more about 5.5 lbs. All the keepers came on bandit crankbaits in 4 to 7 feet of water. The main lake was a couple degrees warmer than the bays but most of our fish came in the bays.
 


February 19, 2010

Just a couple of two limits caught on Thursday. Ice was a problem early but cleared out quick. The fish were in 8 to 12 feet and were pretty aggressive. A green tube with clear sparkle tail was the ticket today. Out of 60 fish we had 55 white crappie. Going to BloodRiver tomorrow.
 


February 12, 2010

Snow didn't keep the crappie from biting today. I went by myself and caught 30 nice keepers. Water temp was only 37 degrees. Got clients Friday so hope they keep biting.

 


February 8, 2010

This weather is terrible just when we get conditions right the snow and rain come back. Gives me some time to put out some more piles. Later this week looks fishable to me so check back for more pix.
 


February 3, 2010

This photo is the end of a great day on the lake. We caught 40 keepers and had a great day to do it in. Mostly white crappie in our creel today. Fish were in 10 to 12 feet of water. These fish really moved up with this rising water. Lake levels will crest tonight and start to fall tomorrow.
 


January 27, 2010

This is one of 42 keepers we caught in big sandy Wednesday. The bite was in 12 to 14 feet on jigs. The flats had very little action. All the fish came on slight changes in depth around creek channels in the west sandy area. We had mostly black crappie and a lot of non keepers.
 


January 20, 2010

This photo was 25 nice keepers from big sandy today. All these came from 22 to 25 feet deep on ledges. Jigs fished slow were the best for us. Heard two other good reports from Bloodriver yesterday. Looks like rain and wind Thursday but I will be back out on Friday.
 


January 15, 2010

Fishing was tough today. We snagged this Asian carp below the dam. Hoping the ice gets off the lake soon. Might try Big Sandy on Saturday.


 


December 23, 2009

Looks like rain until after Christmas but they bit good today. Maybe the water won't get dirty or come up to much. These fish were 20 to 24 feet. Our jigs had to be presented very slow. Just hovering over the structure was the pattern today.


December 17, 2009

40 slabs caught before noon in below freezing weather. These fish got deeper today they mostly came out of 25 to28 feet. All were caught on jigs. Stinger tails in purple/chart was best. Only 3 black crappie out of 40. These fish were hitting at daylight when it was only 22 degrees.


December 15, 2009

Happiness is a full livewell. Twenty nice crappie caught 18 to 22 feet in blood river.

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