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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 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 fished Stoner Creek today. The reason we are fishing so much together is that we were suppose to fish the New River this weekend, but the water is to high. It was a tough day. The fish we caught were in the 12 to 14 inch range but they were very scattered. The strange thing was that they were on mud banks and not around much cover. We caught them on shallow crankbaits and a few on plastic craws. At about 5 pm it was like someone turned them off. We couldn’t find them. We finished the day with only 34 and we had several nice smallie’s. I think we are going to try some lake fishing tomorrow. Till the next report, hope to see you on the water.


I was able to go to Stoner Creek Tuesday. The water was up about a foot and murky. It was surprising how much current there was. I was only able to fish for about 4.5 hours. I started with a Zoom craw and found the fish where in eddies on the edge of current. or at the top or bottom of deeper holes. It turned out that the fish were hitting about anything I would use. deep crankbaits, shallow crankbaits and jerkbaits. I had a couple of surprises. The first was all the fish I caught were largemouth’s. I couldn’t find the smallmouth any where. The second was that I never caught a fish under 10 inches, with the larges going about 2.5 lbs. I ended the day with 46 bass which was a very good afternoon. I do want to say that I seldom get upset with other people fishing because if someone get too close I just move because I feel that I will find the fish. There were some fishermen in a boat that came running up the creek in 15 inches of water on plane and they almost hit me. I guess you just can’t fix stupid and I hope they have allot of money to repair their motor. The fish are biting, till the next report hope to see you on the water.


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.

Elkhorn Fishing

I guess you can say that I fished Elkhorn yesterday, but not much. Nathan call me to help him. Tim Farmer of Kentucky Afield was coming to the store and was doing a shoot on the new Native Watercraft propeller kayak. I got to fish from the store to the bridge about half a mile. The water was running about 800 cfs which is to fast for me. I like it at 500 cfs or less. (slow fisherman) The water was clear and 58 degrees. I hooked 6 smallmouths but was only able to get one to the boat. It was a little hard to fish due to allot of moss floating in the water. The fish are biting and I hope to be able to give a better report, after this next cold front passes and we don’t get allot of rain. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.