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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.



I made it down to the creek finally. What a great day. I observed the most wildlife in along time. I saw a mink, a raccoon, muskrats, a beaver and a doe and fawn. The fishing was very good too. Fishing started slow and it took me a while to find a pattern. The fish were in shallow water next to deep holes. If weeds were near that just made it better. For the most part they were hitting flukes and small minnow baits. If the sun was shining the fish were in the shade. I did catch a few fish at the top of the rapids. The only negative was that the fish were small. The small fish were more active than the larger fish. I did catch about a half dozen smallmouth”s that were between 12 and 15 inches. Still the little guys were allot of fun on my ultralite. The water is clear and in the mid 70s. The creek was running alittle over 100 cfs. With the creek running at that level I did hit a few rocks. I end the day with 59 and they were all Smallmouth”s. So the fish are biting and if you can you should give them a try. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.