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Elkhorn Creek Report

I went fishing yesterday. I put in at Knight’s Bridge and fished down to Canoe Ky. The creek was very clear, with a flow of 150 to 190 cfs. The flow was where I like it. It lets me fish at the pace I like ,but also is high enough to not hit a lot of rocks. To be honest the fishing was a little better than terrible. I saw plenty of big fish but couldn’t get them to hit. I tried crankbaits, flukes and even tubes. Flukes and crankbaits were the best by far. The fish just wouldn’t hit hard and this caused me to loss a lot of fish, more than I boated. The fish were in fast water that had to be a foot deep or more. There were a few above and below the rapids. I just had to cover a lot of water till I found a fish that was in the mood to eat. On top of the bad bite I got hung up more than I ever have in Elkhorn. I don’t know how I did it, but I hooked so many rocks that it became very frustrating. I do mean hooked in a rock not between them. Most of my fish were dinks with several nice fish. I don’t know where the 10 to 12 inch fish where. Since it is fall there are a lot of leaves on the water and that was a problem. It seemed that if there was a floating leaf any where near where I cast I would hook it. I finished the day with only 26 bass one was a largemouth. I had expected a much better day. You would think they would be feeding better with a drop in the water temperature. It still beat a day at work. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


Elkhorn Creek

Went back to Elkhorn yesterday. The weather was about perfect. The water was clear and running about 100 cfs and dropping. All I can say is it was a dink kind of day. That’s about all I caught. The fish just weren’t hitting very well. They seemed to be  just slapping at lures. I caught a lot of fish by hooking them on the outside of the mouth, thanks to sharp hooks. I was using a small stick crankbait and small plastics. I believe the crankbait worked best. This could be because of the treble hooks instead of a single hook. It was a very frustrating day. I wish I had boated the fish that I loss instead of the ones I boated. I must have loss close to 100 fish. I boated 47 smallies but only 10 to 12 were decent fish. One time I hooked a dink and was reeling it in when it pulled off and a 12 inch immediately hit and I boated it. I did hook one really nice fish that was over 3 lbs. It jumped a couple of time and the hooks pulled out, I said a few bad words. Since we just had a cold front pass thru I believe they bother small water fish much more than a lake or large river. The fish are kind of biting and the bite should improve with the water temperature getting cooler. Till the next report hope to see you on the water. By the way I fished Knight Bridge down to Canoe Ky and only saw 6 others on the water.

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 went to Elkhorn this afternoon and put in at Knight’s Bridge. The water was murky and rising. When I left the house the creek was less than 400 cfs. Surprise when I got there it was rising fast. I guess it was due to the heavy rain we had in Lexington yesterday. Due to the current I had to fish faster than I wanted. I lost allot more fish than I caught. The fish were very scattered. Most were in eddies. I did catch a few above and below the rapids. I met a young fisherman who was fishing the Knight Bridge stretch for the first time. We fished together for about 3 hours and he was catching fish with a worm when he could find some slow water. I caught most of my fish on a crankbait I was ripping thru the water. The fish I caught were either very small ( less than 9 inches) or they were around 15 inches. I had 2 break me off and took 2 expensive lures. I did knock another rod overboard. We were able to wade around and found it. I love to fish Elkhorn , but it’s getting very expensive. I ended the day with only 24 smallmouth’s. I am leaving Sunday to fish the New River for a couple of days. I’ll give a report when I get back. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.


My nephew David and I went to Elkhorn Creek yesterday. It was David’s first time to fish from a kayak. The water was alittle murky and running at 250 cfs. Fishing was rough. The fish were at the top of the rapids in fast water. We lost allot more fish than we boated. They were hitting small crankbaits and mini Flukes. The fish we caught were small. We may have caught 4 or 5 in the 12 inch range. I was proud of David he never turned over all thought he did get wet, as hot as it was that felt good. We both boated 14 bass apiece When the water clears some more I will give them another try. Till the next report , hope to see you on the water.

Elkhorn Fishing Report

I fished Elkhorn this afternoon. The water was clear running a little over 100 CFS and 70 degrees. My last trip on Elkhorn I caught almost all big fish, well today I found the little guys. I only caught 4 fish longer than 12 inches and 3 of them were largemouth’s. The fish were located above and just below fast water. They were mainly on the edges. I didn’t catch many in the fast water, but in eddies or behind large rocks. I was having a hard time finding something they would hit. I was at Walmart the other day and I brought a couple of crankbaits made by Arkie. They were small and only run about 6 inches under the water. I tied one on and started catching fish. I was surprised at how well they ran in the fast water, especially for a cheap bait. I would run them though rocks and I never got hung-up. The only thing I didn’t like about them is that I wish they had a bigger hook. I had several fish hooked and they would jump and throw the bait. I ended the day with 39 fish, I just wish they had been bigger. Till the next report , hope to see you on the water.

Elkhorn Fishing Report

I went down and fished Elkhorn yesterday. The water was clear, 80 CFS and temp was in the Mid 70s. When I got there it was cloudy so I started throwing a 1/8 oz white Buzzbait that I make. I caught 6 nice fish around Knight Bridge. Then the sun came out and that was the end of the buzzbait bite. I changed to a shallow 2 inch crankbait. There are allot of small minnows in the creek and you would see the bass chasing them at times. I didn’t catch great numbers (34) but I caught great quality fish. I had two that were 16-17 inches and lost several more the same size. I only had 4-5 that were under 10 inches. They were in the swift water with big rocks. I would hook them and they would just stay and fight in the swift water. It was allot of fun fighting them on a ultralite rod. Please remember to take plenty of water with you. When I got to the store Wes received a call from some canoers that one of them was possibly suffering from dehydration. He called Nathan and it took them about 1.5 hours to locate them. I stayed and watched the store. The only question I have was when they got to the store they had a cooler which they said they had taken soft drinks in, but the cooler still had ice water in it. I believe sometimes people don’t think. Anyway till the next report hope to see you on the water.