Elkhorn Creek Report

Finally I was able to fish Elkhorn. The flow was a little over 200 cfs and clear. Prefect. I put in at Knights Bridge and fished down to Canoe Kentucky. It was very hot, but thank goodness there was a little breeze. Much better than last Sunday when David and I like to have burn up.  I started with a shallow stickbait and it was a great choice. Silver and Chrome.  I had a super, but terrible day. The fish were hitting like crazy. The problem was I couldn’t keep them hooked. They would hit and after I set the hook they would just go crazy. Jumping and tail walking. The water at this flow is pretty fast and they would go to the most current and pull off. I loss twice as many fish as I boated. The fish only came in two sizes. Little dinks or 10 to 14 inches. luckily I boated mostly the 10 to 14 inchers.   They were in current with chunk rock and there seemed to be more at the top or bottom of a rapid. Some of my biggest fish came out of very small eddies very close to swift water. There is some moss that caused a minor problem. If you can get down before the rain starts you should have a great time.  I finished the day with 54 fish boated, not bad but should have been much better. Till the next post hope to see you on the water or at my Fishing Class Saturday.Elkhorn 6-19-18

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Stoner Creek

BOY was it hot. David and I  got on the water  at about 10am. The bad news was David had to be off the water by 4pm he had to go to work.  To say this was a frustrating day would be a understatement. It was already very warm when we started.. The water was up about 6 inches with good current and the water was a little dingy. We started with buzzbaits. I was able to boat 5 fish, David had some hits, but no hookups. We changed to crankbaits. David went to a bait that would dive down to about 4 feet. I went to a stickbait that would dive to a couple of feet. We will never know how many fish we missed. For some reason we had a hard time keeping them hooked. When we got to deeper water David started using a Creature bait and I started using a Zoom Craw.  The fish were shallow in heavy cover. I hooked and loss 5 of the biggest fish I have ever hooked in Stoner. I had 2 break 17#  Silver Thread. The first one I hooked was so big I couldn’t get it to come up. I guess I had my drag too tight and it broke off. We saw the other 4 because I was able to get them to the surface. All were 3#s or bigger. For a creek those are big fish. By the way if some time around 2pm you may have thought you heard thunder. It wasn’t, it was me venting because you will never know how many fish I missed on a craw. I could not keep a hook in them. I feel sorry for David I about beat him to death with my rod. I lost count of how many times I hit him in the head. I would lose a fish or set a hook so hard that I would hit David with my rod.  We have each hit each other a few times over the years in my Creek boat, but nothing like I did today. It was super hot because there wasn’t any air moving. The only saving grace was there was plenty of shade and I kept us in it as much as possible. The biggest fish we boated was only a couple of pounds. David finished the day with only 10 bass and I finished with 31 but most were small. The fish are hitting and if you can get a hook in them you should have a great day. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

PS A reminder I have a fishing class this coming Saturday at Canoe Ky. It is Kayak fishing 101. It is scheduled to start at 1pm and run to 4pm. Depending on the flow and weather you may be able to put in and fish a couple of miles down to the Ky Fish Hatchery. If you want to try a kayak this will be the perfect time. Hope to see you there.

Private Lake Fishing.

With all the rain its almost impossible to find water that you can fish. Elkhorn is still running too high. Stoner is a little high but muddy. Taylorsville is up about 2 feet and covered in logs. I decided to go to my private lake to fish. It was a little high and had a lot of moss and weeds. With the front that just went thru I figured the fish would not be in a eating mood. I was right. I caught fish ,but I loss a lot more than I boated. They were barely hooked or hooked on the outside of their mouths. This told me they weren’t hungry. They were surprisingly shallow. I never caught a fish deeper than 4 feet, with most near the shore in very shallow water. With them that shallow I hoped for a topwater bite especially under shade. Never got the first hit. Most were caught on a shallow stickbait in silver with a black back. The fish were running small, although I only caught one dink. Most were in the 10 to 12 inch range. My biggest was pushing 2 lbs. I only fished for about 3.5 hours and boated only 25 bass and a bunch of Warmouths. The Warmouths must be spawning. It looks like the rain will stop for a while, but its going to get hot and muggy. I am hoping to hit Elkhorn shortly. The nice thing about Kayak fishing is if you get hot just get out and take a drip to cool off. Water should improve in the next few days. I hope you can get out this weekend. Till the next post hope to see you on the water, or in it if it get real hot.0614181525

Lake St Clair

Just got back from Lake St Clair. We had 3 beautiful days. The fish were very scattered and hard to locate. Here are a few pictures of fish we caught. I did catch my biggest

Smallmouth to date. 5 lbs 6ozs, she was a pig. The first picture is Don with a 3 lbs 7 ozs. The second is me with a 4 lbs 2 ozs. Third My 5 lbs 6 ozs. The fourth is Don with a 3 lbs 4 ozs. We caught fish on plastics and spinnerbaits, that’s right I did say spinnerbait. That is a lure I don’t use often. With all this rain don’t know when I will get to fish. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

I went yesterday to Stoner creek. It was about the only water that was fishable. The overcast during the morning I hoped to have a topwater bite. I had 16 hits on a buzzbait and boated 12 not bad. All but one was a decent fish. When the sun came out I was unable to get a pattern. I caught fish on shallow stickbaits, Deep crankbaits and craws. The numbers were decent (60) but about 2/3 were dinks. I had a couple of largemouths pushing 3 lbs and 3-4 Smallies that were 2 lbs or better. The water was up 6 to 10 inches with a good current but a little dingy. The funny thing was most of the fish I caught was on rocky banks with a little bit of wood. Normally this would be where I would catch Smallies. In fact I seemed to catch the largemouths in more current than the smallies. The crankbait color for the day was a white with a blue back. They seemed to like watermelon with chartreuse pincers. I am leaving for Canada, so it will be a little while before I post again. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Fishing Class

If you want to learn some of my secrets to catching Bass. I have been asked to put on a Bass fishing class at Canoe Kentucky. The Date is June 23 at 1pm. I will be discussing how I pick lures, the equipment I use and how I locate fish. With over 50 years of Bass fishing I have tried everything. I will show you what works best for me. I will give more details after they are worked out. Just wanted you to mark your calendars.

Stoner Creek

Sabrina called me and ordered me to take her to Fryman’s today. After being married for almost 40 years I know better than to say no. We got to the creek about 11am the water was up just a little showing a little current. The water was dingy, you could only see down a couple of feet. With cloud cover I thought it would be a topwater day. I threw topwater for quit a while and had only 3 hits. We tried some crankbaits that ran down to about 4 feet. The fish would follow, but not hit them . We changed to shallow running stickbaits. The fish seemed to like them with green or blue  color on them. We found the fish very shallow and near the bank. The smallmouths were shallow also but they liked a little current with chunk rock. We caught some of the best fish I have caught there  in a while. We loss count of all the keepers we boated. We didn’t find any huge fish but fish from 10 to 15 inches were every where.  We didn’t catch but a few dinks. Sabrina boated some of the best Smallmouths I have seen caught in Stoner. We were lucky and we didn’t get wet. All the storms went around us till after we had loaded the boat to leave. We finished the day with a 110 bass boated. We had only one fish to break off. If we don’t get a lot of rain the fish should still be biting. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.