Sabrina and I went turkey hunting this morning. After seeing nothing we decided to give Elkhorn a try. We put in at Canoe Ky. and floated to the 127 bridge. The water was up a little the flow was 274 cfs. The water was super clear and the water temperature was 72 degrees. To be honest fishing was tough. There is a lot of moss on the bottom of the creek. Our crankbaits and bottom lures were just covered with moss about every cast. We changes to mini Flukes and started catching some fish. The fish were right on the bank, mostly near tree roots with some current. The good news was we didn’t catch many dinks. Most of the fish we caught were between 10 and 14 inches. Sabrina lost a lot more fish than she boated. I loss some but nothing like she did. We finished the day with Sabrina boating 13 and I boated 24. With a cold front coming in tonight I bet the fishing is going to be even tougher. Till the next post hope to see you on the water,
Ps Don’t forget my fishing class Saturday the 29th at Fryman’s. There is a chance of rain but should be in the 80s. They have a large covered pouch so we should all stay dry.
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I went down to Elkhorn Creek today. I didn’t get there till about noon. I put in at Knight’s Bridge. Talk about tough conditions. Blue Bird skies and the creek was only flowing at 80 cfs. I loss count of all the rapids, correction riffles I had to get out and pull my yak over. The water was also super clear. I used a mini Fluke because it was so shallow. I will say that I didn’t know that I could hook flat rocks. I got hung up so many times that I was getting upset. The fish were biting but not good. Most of the fish I caught were dinks. I may have boated 8 or 10 that were longer than 10 inches. My biggest was only about 13 inches. The fish were in shallow eddies above, in or below riffles. Besides getting hung up I missed a lot of fish. It may have been that they were so small I couldn’t get a hook set. This will be my last float till we get some water back in the creek. It took me over 7 hours to make the float. I finished the day with only 37 all smallies. I did catch some big redeyes too. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
At the last minute this morning I decided to go to Elkhorn Creek. I thought fishing would be a little difficult with the cold front that just came thru, but it was just too pretty not to try. I put in at Canoe Ky and I was going to fish to the 127 take out. I had fished about 200 yards and had caught 3 fish when my phone rang. To be honest I very seldom answer my phone when I am fishing or hunting. I thought it maybe my wife so I answered it. It was Aaron wanting to know what I was doing. I told him fishing he asked where and I told him. He stated that he was calling me to see if they could go fishing. I had them meet me at the 1262 bridge. To be honest fishing was tough. The good news was when you did get a bite they hit hard and we loss very few fish for a change. It was a little weird we caught either small fish or big fish. The good news is we caught a lot more big fish than little ones. Sabina we believe caught her largest Smallmouth to date. It was a beauty. over 17 inches. The only negative was is didn’t have much of a belly. I caught a lot of 12 to 15 inch fish and poor Aaron I believe only caught a couple of large fish. They failed to see me in a very fun moment. I was fishing behind the Hatchery when something big hit. I was trying to reel in when it finally came airborne. It was a 3 to 4 lbs Gar. The next thing I know is it jumps in the kayak with me. You should have seem me about to abandon ship. With their thousands of small sharp teeth and a cranbait with 2 treble hooks flopping around everywhere. To say it got interesting for a few is a understatement. To be honest I don’t care much for them, they are very slimy and they stink. We finished the day with only 42 fish. Most were caught on a 2 to 3 inch shiny stickbait. Sabrina caught her big fish on a Fluke beside a log. I hope to have a couple of pictures of fish with this report. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
Russ and I decided to give South Elkhorn a try yesterday. He had never fished from a kayak. When we got to the creek it was running at 139 cfs. The surprise was it was pretty muddy. We were committed so we put in at the 341 bridge. Fishing started slow. We were using white with black back stickbaits. With the overcast I had hope the fish would be hitting topwater, but we saw very little topwater activity. The creek level was dropping fast, by the time we left it was down to 79 cfs. I won’t say it was a great day, but the fish were hitting enough to keep things interesting. With the swift current the fish were not around the riffles. they were in a couple of feet of water with large chunk rock or in eddies, below the riffles. The good thing was the fish were nice size for the most part, Russ caught a couple of 15+ fish. I caught one that was over 16 inches and had another that was bigger up to the boat and when I went to use my boca’s the hook pulled out. The longer we were on the water the water was clearing and the bite improved. It was nice that the water was up enough that we made it thru most of the riffles with out getting struck on the rocks too bad. Russ had to get out a couple of time to get over a few rock, in all I believe he did great for his first time kayak fishing. I do wish he had caught a few more fish. We lost a lot of fish they would just go nuts when you hooked them. Russ finished the day with 26 bass and I boated 75. a total of 101 was better than I thought at first due to the conditions. A surprise was we caught more largemouths than I have every on a trip on this section, I believe we boated 6. Most of the fish were in the 9 to 13 inch range which made things fun. I really enjoy spending time with Russ, he’s like part of my family since I have known him since he was born. I knew his father for something like 60 plus years. looking forward to our next trip. The fish are biting, but not great. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
My Nephew David and I floated South Elkhorn today. The water was very dingy at the start and running at over 130 cfs. By the end of the day the water was clearing and the flow was down to 90 cfs. The fish were biting but not nearly as well as last Sunday, But we end the day with about the same numbers. Last Sunday the fish were hitting like crazy. We loss about as many fish as we boated. Today we had a lot less bites, but we didn’t loss maybe 20 fish all day. We caught only two sizes of fish very small dinks or 10 to 14 inch fish. The last two times I’ve fished South Elkhorn I haven’t caught many fish in the 5 to 9 inch class. It was still a fun day. This was only David’s second time to fish from a kayak. The second thing is David very seldom uses spinning rods. He uses baitcasters for about everything. He found out last time he couldn’t cast small 1/8 oz crankbaits with a baitcaster. It was fun to watch him fishing the trees a few times. As I told him I have never seen a fish jump 6 to 8 feet up into a tree, but I would love to see it happen. We had to use bright shiny crankbaits due to the dingy water. The fish were very shallow on rocks or wood. If there were no rocks or a sandy bottom it was a waste of time to fish the area. We finished the day with 117. All but 4 were Smallmouths. I did catch a bunch of Rockbass too. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
I have a buddy who recently retired from the Police department. we have been trying to get together for a fishing trip. I floated Elkhorn yesterday and it was running near 600 cfs and very muddy. When I drove home I crossed South Elkhorn. It looked a little dingy but fishable. Dean has never fished from a kayak, so I checked the flow and gave him a call this morning. He was ready to go in about a half an hour. As soon as we put in I caught 4 smallies and had a big fish break me off. The first couple of miles we were catching fish at a decent rate. When we finally got into water that was about 2 feet deep with a lot of rock and swift current things improved. A few log near the rocks made thing even better. We caught all of our fish on shallow running crankbaits. It didn’t seem to matter much about the color. The later in the afternoon the fishing just kept getting better. At about 4 pm it started to get very windy with dark clouds. We checked the radar and we had a heavy downpour headed at us. We stopped fishing and paddled to the take out. We lucked out and only got rained on a little. We finished the day with 123 bass, all but 2 were smallmouths. The average size was 10 to 14 inches. The fish are hitting great so if possible get out and give them a try. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.
Saturday Sabrina, Aaron, and I fished South Elkhorn. The flow was a little over a hundred CFS. The water was a little off color with a dingy stain to it. Boy was it hot. The fish were hitting great. I mean the Bluegill, the Redeyes, Shell Crackers and the Smallmouths. The biggest problem we had was keeping them hooked. You can not believe the fish we lost. I’m not sure if we boated 20% of the fish we hooked. Another negative was the Smallmouths were running pretty small. The one bright sport was Aaron caught his biggest Smallie ever in Elkhorn. We were casting small shallow crankbaits and retrieving them fast. If you slowed down you would hook a Sun fish. As far as Smallmouths we boated 132 of which I caught 60. I did catch just enough 10 to 13 inch fish to keep things interesting. Sabrina caught the most fish including all species. The fish are hitting great so you better give them a try. Till the next post hope to see you on the water. I have a short video of our trip on u-tube. Titled South Elkhorn 6-25-16.