Category Archives: Creek Fishing

Stoner Creek Fishing

My nephew David called this morning wanting to go fishing. He just purchased a small creek boat just like mine. He want to get it dirty and broke in. How could I turn him down We put in at 11:30. The water had a brown stain and was still running faster than usual. It was different fishing from the back of the boat and I enjoyed fussing at the Caption. It was a very tough day. We fished from the surface to the bottom. The fish were very scattered. The only lures we caught fish on were small crankbaits, 3 inch craws and a shakyhead. It was slow. We finished the day with David boating 13 and I boated 17. We never found any big fish we had several in the 12 to 13 inch range. It still beat working around the house. The picture is of David’s first fish of 2018. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


Stoner Creek

I had a few hours to kill so I ran down to Stoner and put in at a friends ramp. Things started poorly. My friend has a new 7 month old dog and she decided she wanted to stay with me.  I have to admit she was the swimming est German Shepard I have ever seen. She swam beside or around the boat for over 1/4 mile against the strong current. Every time I would make a cast she would try to retrieve it. It took me a good 30 to 45 minutes to get her to finally leave.  The water was dingy and 71 degrees.  To be honest I couldn’t find them. I tried everything. I was able to catch some on a silver stickbait and a Alabama color Zoom Craw. All my fish were good size with only one about 10 inches. My big fish of the year was a 3lbs 5 oz pig and I boated another that went 2 lbs 14 ozs. I only fished for 3 hours. The storm we had early this morning must have dumped a lot of water up creek. It seemed that the creek was rising and there was a lot of trash, limbs, leaves  on the surface. This made casting hard because I had to keep cleaning my line or lures. I wish I had a better report. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

ps The fish flopped and gave me a couple of more ozs. It was 3lbs 5ozs.

Stoner Creek Report

Just got home from Fryman’s.  Stoner was about the only water that was fishable. The water was dingy and up about 8 inches, with good current. It was a good day for numbers, but I wasn’t able to locate the big fish. So far this spring I haven’t found the big guys which is unusual. Spring is normally when I catch my biggest fish of the year. I started slow and tried about everything. Craws, deep crankbaits, topwater and finally very shallow stickbaits.  I caught a few on a medium running crankbait.  I finally found fish very shallow 2 feet or less.  They  wanted a thin silver stickbait that on a long cast would dive to maybe 2.5 feet.  Most of my fish ran between 8 and 10 inches with a few smaller. I changed to a very light action rod with 6# line. which made catching these small guys fun.  I did boat  about 15 keepers with my biggest that went 2.5 lbs. Most of the bigger fish looked like they were still full of eggs. I never saw any beds. I did talk to one fisherman and he said the he had caught one fish with a bloody tail. The water did get up to 69 degrees late this afternoon so they should be starting to spawn soon.  I only caught 7 smallmouths and they were all little. With the water temperature they should be spawning but I never found them.  I finished the day with 52 bass, as I said the numbers were good , but I wish the quality was better. The fish are biting if you can find some decent water. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

ps The smallie looks bigger because I had it close to the camera. It was only about 9 inches.

Fishing Classes

Here is a couple of fishing classes I will be teaching.
First will be Kayak fishing 101 on April 21 starting at 1pm till 3pm. It will be held at Canoe Kentucky at 7323 Peaks Mill Rd Frankfort Ky. It is a 30 minute drive from Lexington. I will be discussing Kayaks and how I fish from them. I will also discuss fishing equipment and patterns I use on Elkhorn Creek.
Second I will have a class on Bass fishing in Central Kentucky. It will be at Fryman’s Boat Dock 860 Spears Mill Rd Paris Kentucky. I will be discussing the different types of fishing equipment. Knots, Lures. Fishing lines, rods. Lure presentation Boat positioning and much more. This will be on May the 5th at 10 am to 12pm. If you plan to attend please call and reserve a spot for both events. This is to help know how many people to expect. Hope to see you there.
Now if the weather would improve I would love to get some fishing in. If you are bored go to Youtube and type in Tommy Puckett. I have several video’s of me fishing Elkhorn and Stoner Creeks.

Elkhorn Creek

I finally made it to Elkhorn. It was a very tough day. The fish were biting some. The biggest problem was the wind. It was blowing up the creek and made yak control and casting very difficult. I had hoped for a buzzbait bite due to the cloud cover. Never got a hit. The two  lures I caught fish on was a very shallow stickbait that was white with a black back. The second was a mini fluke. Most of the fish I caught on the stickbait was hooked on the outside of their mouth. That tells me they weren’t hungry, but were slapping at the bait. They didn’t hit the fluke much better. There were several time I set the hook so hard the fish would be yanked out of the water and sail 10 feet and wasn’t hooked. The best place I found were small eddies near some current. I didn’t catch any fish in fast moving water. If the eddie was in water that was a foot deep it seemed to hold a fish. Most of my fish were in the 8 to 10 inch range. I did boat one that was 14.5 inches. A surprise was I caught 2 Largemouths. I only boated 21 fish.  I loss 2 to 3 times more fish than I boated. I did take my GoPro but I don’t know if I have video of enough fish to put on YouTube. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


I had hoped that Elkhorn would be down low enough to fish. It’s still higher than I like to fish at this water temperature. I went down to Fryman’s. The water was up a little, so there was some current. The water temp was 70 degrees. The water was so clear, like my late Dad would say it was gin clear. I never knew were he got that expression because I never saw him take a drink in my life. I could see rocks, ledges and logs as deep as 6 feet. The only good thing was I saw structure where I catch a lot of fish I had never seen. Now I know why I catch fish there. To say it was tough fishing would be an understatement. If it wasn’t for dinks and Smallmouths I wouldn’t have caught anything. It was so bad that I couldn’t even get Bluegill to hit. Due to the clear water I saw some nice fish, but couldn’t get them to hit anything. I don’t remember catching a fish that was more than 18 inches deep. I had to make long cast because I was spooking the fish if they were within 50 feet of the boat. Because of the long cast I loss a lot of fish. I did hook a few keepers, but I never did get one in the boat. My biggest fish were a couple of Smallies that were about 11 inches.  I tried about everything and the only lure I caught fish on was a very shallow running stickbait made by Bass Pro. that was shiny. I finished the day with only 19 fish and as I said most were dinks and Smallmouths.  Till the next post hope to see you on the water.0908171355

Stoner Creek Report

I really wanted to go fish some where other than Stoner Creek. Due to Harvey that wasn’t possible. South Elkhorn was running at 300 cfs way to high to fish. The main Elkhorn was running at over 1000 cfs way, way to high to fish. Taylorsville Lake  is up over 4 feet above summer pool and I know the surface would be covered in logs and the wind would beat you bad. Stoner was only up about 5 inches.  David called and he was feeling bad (sinus)but not to bad to go fishing. We put in at about 1 pm. The creek had some current ,but was clear. I knew it was going to be a challenge. With the cold front the water temperature had dropped 10 degrees or more. I believe this kind of shocks the fish and they stop feeding. All I can say is something was wrong because it was hard fishing. We tried everything from the surface to the bottom. The funny thing was we caught a few fish on everything we tried. We never had a good pattern. The two best baits were a buzzbait and a blueish 6 inch worm. The fish were very scattered we only located a couple of places that we caught more than 2 fish. Most of the time it was one fish and then move on. Most of our fish were small 10 inchers or so. We did catch about 4 decent fish in the 2 to 2.5 lbs range. We finished the day with only 36 fish. 0904171647It looks like we are go to get another cold front to move thru late tonight. That will make thing interesting. I hope we don’t get a lot of rain because I really want to fish Elkhorn. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.