Category Archives: Smallmouth Fishing

Strode Creek Fishing

I had wanted to give Taylorsville Lake a try, but my fishing partner wasn’t feeling good and a small emergency at home delayed me. I decided to make a late trip down to Fryman’s. The Creeks were up 4 to 5 inches with current. The water was murky but clearing. I went up Stoner and saw that Strode Creek was a little clearer and didn’t have much Duckweed on it. Apparently they had some bad storms. Strode creek had a number of trees down in the water and it made it difficult to get up. About 2.5 miles up the creek there are 2 trees down that are completely blocking it and I had to turn around. If all the rain that we are suppose to get doesn’t wash them out I will have to make sure to take a saw with me. They are blocking a part of the creek I love to fish and usually have great luck. The fish were in shallow water just on the edge of the current in the shade because of the bright sun. I never found any schools which I thought they should be doing by now. The fish came in basically two sizes. Dinks and keepers. I didn’t boat any fish over about 2.5 lbs but of course loss a couple of much bigger fish. They were hitting on a chrome stickbait that only went down maybe 3 feet on a long cast. I didn’t have a great day which I should have. Because I got there late I was fishing behind 2 boats that had gotten there first. Since the creek is small I believe the boat traffic does bother the fish some. I finished the day with only 55 bass. The surprise was I didn’t catch that  many Smallmouths, but I did boat one nice one. If we get all the rain they are saying we are going to get it will be a while before we will be able to get on the water. I did remember to take my GoPro and I have uploaded a video of my day on YouTube. If you are bored with all the rain give it a look.. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

 

Stoner Creek Report

I wanted to fish Elkhorn today but I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. You need 2 trucks to make the float. David had a stomach bug and I sure didn’t want to be around him. Aaron and Sabrina were putting up hay. I damn sure didn’t want to help them. I have had my fill of that. So I went down to Stoner again. I was hoping for a buzzbait bite. To many times fisherman won’t throw a buzzbait on a sunny day. I found that there are days when they hit great. Just cast to the shade. I did catch 3 fish on a buzzbait and missed a bunch more. The creek was up just a little, but it has cleared. You can see down 3 feet or so.  After throwing the buzzbait awhile I changed to a shallow stickbait and caught some small fish. I changed to a deeper diver and found that the only color they would hit good on was silver or chrome. I never did find the big fish. The largest I boated was about 2 lbs. I did loss several bigger fish. I caught almost all of my fish on wood and on a mud bank. The only fish I caught on rock were small Smallmouths. I did try a plastic craw and caught a few fish but the bluegill and green sunfish were worrying me to death. I didn’t have a great afternoon but it sure beat working in the yard. I finished the day with only 44 bass and to be honest most were dinks. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

 

ps I am uploading a video of this afternoons trip on youtube.

Stoner Creek

I have been in Canada for a week  and haven’t posted anything. I’m not posting about our trip to Canada because we couldn’t find the fish I only boated 10 fish per day which is terrible. Yesterday Sabrina and I made a trip to Stoner Creek. The creek was dingy, you could only see down about a foot and it was up about 6 inches with decent current. After this cold front I thought we may have a difficult time. We started with shallow stickbaits and only caught a few fish. We went to a deeper diving crankbait and the bite improved . We were using silver or white in color. Sabrina changed to a deeper diving crankbait in yellow with lime green and she started to catch fish. It didn’t take me long to change to something that looked similar. After that we started to catch the fish. We had a great day. There really was no pattern, we caught fish on rock, wood and just in open water. I believe this was due to the cloud cover. We hooked and loss some big ones. My biggest was a 3.5 pounder and I loss I know 4-5 more that were that big. Sabrina’s biggest was just under 3 lbs. One very interesting note was late in the afternoon she hooked a nice fish and was fighting it . When she got it up to where we could see it we got a big surprise. She had a possible 2.5 lb largemouth on the front hook and a 1 lb smallmouth on the back hook. Unfortunately the Largemouth was able to get off before I could grab them. I did throw a buzzbait for some time and had 5 hits , but only was able to boat one fish, a 2 pounder. We finished the day boating 92 bass about a third were smallies. The creek will be clearing and the fish are biting, you need to get out. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

I had my fishing class this morning. We had a good turn out and I believe everyone went away with some new ideas and understanding of bass fishing. After the class David, Aaron, Sabrina and I hit

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Stoner to prove we could catch some fish. I will say we had some good success. The water was up a little with some current. The water was a little on the dingy side.  To be honest we caught fish on every thing we tried. We caught them on buzzbaits, craws, deep crankbaits and shallow stickbaits. We didn’t have super numbers, but we caught some great size fish. Our biggest was 3.5 lbs which David caught on a buzzbait. As a group we boated over a hundred Bass. Sabrina and I  boated 27 bass each and I know that half or better were 12 inches or bigger. We had several in the 2.5 lb class with only 6 dinks. I believe David and Aaron did about the same. The pattern was they were on every thing rocks, wood and even in the middle of the creek. The unusual thing was the largemouths seemed to be in the current and the smallmouths were in the calm water. David and I ran into the same pattern one time last year. We only fished for about 5 hours, but we all had a great time. The fish are biting good so give them a try. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Elkhorn Creek Report

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.

Stoner Creek Fishing Report

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Sabrina was off work today. We discussed what to do today, go Turkey Hunt or go Fishing. Fishing won. I decided to take her to Fryman’s because she has never fished Stoner or been to Fryman’s Boat Dock. We launched about 11 am. The water was clear and 67 degrees with some current.  I believe the creek was up 4 to 6 inches. We went up into Strodes Creek. She started with a shad color crankbait that reached a depth of 4 feet. I did something different and started fishing a 3 inch craw. In the first 100 yards I boated 5 fish and she boated 2 small fish. It was a slow bite till the sun started to shine. The fish turned on. We switched to shallow stickbaits. Most of the fish were near the bank and we never caught one deeper than 3 feet. They were on wood, on rock or just out in the middle of the creek at times. The biggest negative was they were running a little small. Most were in the 9 to 11 inch range, We boated I would say close to 20 that were keepers or bigger. I did hook one fish in the 3 to 4 lbs range but was unable to land it. All our fish were caught on ultralite rods and 6 lb line that made it FUN. We caught a number of doubles and on 2 or 3 occasions we hooked 2 fish on the same lure, unfortunately we were never able to land both fish. We also boated a bunch of big Bluegill. We finished the day with Sabrina boating 56 bass and I boated 59. A total of 115 bass. Most of the fish were Largemouths, the few Smallies we caught were mostly dinks. The fish are biting so if possible go give them a try. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

ps Remember I will be giving a fishing class at Fryman’s on April 29, starting at 10 am. Maybe you may figure out how we catch our fish.

Kentucky River Fishing Report

I decided at the last minute to make a trip to the Kentucky River. I launched at the ramp at the end of Ky 39 out of Nicholasville. The river was up about a foot and very dingy. The river water temperature was 58 degrees. I went into Paintslick creek and the water was clear and 65 degrees. This was what I was looking for. Usually if I can find the creeks clear and warmer than the river look out. I spent about an hour and half fishing the creek and only boated 1 nice Smallmouth. I went up river to Silver Creek. The water was clear and 65 degrees. I fished to the first riffle and caught a couple of fish. I was using a deep crankbait and a shallow one. I lost several fish. I started using a white fluke on the way out and picked up a couple of more fish. It was a tough day. I only boated 6 bass, one smallmouth, one largemouth and the rest were Kentuckys. I wish I had boated the ones I lost over the one I did boat. I know I lost at least a dozen. I really thought I was going to have a super day but someone warned the fish. I was only able to fish for 4 hours and I never made it to Sugar Creek.  I’m hoping to go to Taylorsville tomorrow I don’t know how much fishing I am going to do. I have to check the boat out for my up coming trips to Canada. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.