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Elkhorn Creek Report

Just got back from Elkhorn Creek fished from Knight’s Bridge to Canoe Ky. All I can say is have you ever had a day you should have stayed in bed, This was mine, if it could go wrong it did. Other than catching a bunch of fish it became a very trying day. The good news is that the fish were biting. The bad news is that about a third of the fish I caught were dinks. I’m not saying that the bigger fish weren’t biting, but small guys were faster. There were a number times after hooking a dink a nice fish was chasing it, trying to get the lure from it. I caught most of my fish on a small thin stickbait, only about 2 inches long. The fish were in fast water. I caught more above a rapid than below. If there was big chunk rock that was shallow with fast water I caught a lot in those areas. I finished the day with 67 fish. Other than the dinks most of my fish were 10 to 14 inches long. I did catch a nice 17 incher just before I got to Canoe Ky. Now for all the things that could go wrong and did. I had 2 dinks that were jumping around while I was trying to get them unhooked. I loss control of them and got a hook in me pass the barb. Good thing I am good at getting hooks out of people. In the swift water just above Clay Bank rapid my anchor started sliding and got hung under a rock and almost swamped the yak. I had to get out and was finally able to get the anchor loose and dump a lot of water out of my yak. I had a bearing go out of one of my new reels. I got caught in two wonderful storms. I just love lightning. After loading the yak and on the way home I had a flat. Of course it was pouring down and I had to wait for about a hour and a half for the rain to slow. After jacking the truck up and removing the tire the truck slid off the jack. I didn’t have cell phone service so I had to climb a hill to get service and another storm hit. I couldn’t locate my wife and none of my friends in the area would answer. I was able to jack the truck up a little at a time and put rock under the brake drum till it was high enough to get the jack back under it. I got the spare on and drove very slow and carefully home. I will be lucky if I get out of bed tomorrow. Here is where I say hope to see you on the water but after today I wouldn’t want my bad luck to rub off on anyone.

Fishing Report or Stories

Have you ever have a week when you should have just stayed in the house because you were not safe to be around? I had my week. Wednesday I decided to take my bass boat up to Taylorsville Lake and make sure ever thing was working because I will be leaving for Lake St Clair in a little over a week. I thought I would do a little fishing also. I launch the boat the engine and every thing was working great. I go up into the Salt River because there is current and at times the fish will stack up on some point I know. I stopped to fish and the first thing that happens is the release rope on my trolling motor breaks. Try fixing that on the water, well it can be done but not fast. After fixing the rope I start fishing , no fish. When I get near the quarry I start to notice by boat seemed to be low in the water. A few minutes later I see water in the floor of the boat. I call that a clue that there is a problem. I turn the bilge pump on and it is just barely pumping more water out than what is coming in. I go to the bilge find the problem a hose to my aerator had detached its self. I was able to reattach it and you would be amazed how well the bilge pump works with no leak. The water looked good and the temperature was any where from 62 to 71 degrees. This was the first time in over a decade that I was skunked on Taylorsville Lake. I had only two strike the whole afternoon. I only saw 4 crappie caught , so I think the fish took the day off.
Yesterday I decide it was time to fish Elkhorn Creek. The creek was running higher than I like 750 cfs. The water was 64 degrees. What could happen? I would just fish faster than I like too. I put in at Knights Bridge I start casting one of my 1/8 oz bussbaits around the bridge. I catch my first fish a 17 incher, in all I caught 10 bass in the pool around the bridge. 9 were smallies and a largemouth. Only one fish was under 10 inches. I go down the first rapids and drop my anchor because the fish are in the slow water. The high current is moving the boat around allot. The anchor starts sliding on the bottom and I am picking up speed. My cell phone rings so I open my water proof bag to answer it. The anchor suddenly stopped and it jerked the rear of the yak down. The next thing I see is the yak is swamped and I am being thrown into creek, Very refreshing. (remember the 64 degrees) I inhaled a few gallons of creek water and I will say that it doesn’t taste bad. The next thing there is an explosion around my neck and chest area. I wear a auto inflating life vest. I will say they work great. (that was the explosion)Everything starts floating down the creek I start swimming after it. I can say I was able to recover my tackle box, my paddle and my cooler. By the way a water proof bag only works if you have them closed. I recovered mine hung on the bottom about 50 yards down stream, I am still trying to dry my wallet and money, My yak is stuck in the current and every once in awhile it comes to the surface. I make it to shore and decide to walk to Nathan and Allison’s house. By the way I still have my cellphone but its drowned. (less than 1 week old) I walk across their neighbors yard and find out from Nathan that he shots at people. In the end Nathan comes and helps recover my boat and I hear allot of old man jokes and he wished that I had one of their Go Pro camera’s so he could have enjoyed watching me go into the water. I was able to recover everything but my floating Bill Dance sunglasses and my 3 rods. I am missing some body parts and I called my best friend a doctor to ask about them. He assured me that in a few days after I warmed up they would reappear. He called this turtling. I am leaving shortly to go see if I can recover my rods. So the next time you think your having a bad day please remember me. In the 42 years I have owned boats this was the first time I ever went overboard. I usually end my post with hope to see you on the water, well am I glad nobody got to see me take a bath. Two baths in one day. Anyway the fish are biting and if you want to try one of my buzzbaits Canoe Kentucky has a few for sale, Till the next report have a great day and smile it could be worse.