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Fall Fishing Festival

 

The following columns provide information on some of the better sites to fish for each species. For a more complete list of water bodies where each species can be found click here and then select the species that you are interested in under “Search for water bodies for species”.

New 2019 Fall Columns:

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Lake Cumberland tailwater offers great winter trout fishing

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Consistency is a trait all anglers love in a body of water. Most Kentucky lakes and rivers go through seasonal temperature swings that make fishing tough during the hottest and coldest months of the year.


 

 

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Few lures beat a tailspinner in cold water

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Some lures on the market have stood the test of time, catching fish decade after decade. The Dardevle spoon, the Jitterbug and the Hula Popper along with in-line spinners, the Panther Martin and the Rooster Tail, still catch fish today like they did when swing music topped the charts.


 

 

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Three productive winter crappie spots

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Winter is a season of nesting for many Kentuckians. Hot cocoa and a book by the fireplace is more appealing than getting outside in the wet and cold. However, for those who enjoy solitude and having lakes completely to themselves, winter is the best time to get outside and fish. Contrary to the stubborn beliefs of many anglers, fish bite all winter long.


 

 

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A revival for the fly and rind

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Bass angler’s hearts sank all over the upper South when the venerable Uncle Josh Company announced in early 2016 that they would no longer produce pork rind jig trailers. Hogs go to slaughter younger than they used to and the company struggled to find pork rind old and tough enough to withstand the rigors of fishing.


 

 

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Fishing remains productive during deer season

By Kevin Kelly

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Kentucky offers some of the finest deer hunting found anywhere, and the modern gun deer season stands as one of the most anticipated opportunities each year.


 

 

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Best kayaks for flatwater fishing

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

A car, truck or sport utility vehicle with a couple of kayaks on the roof with fishing poles visible through the back window is an increasingly common sight on Kentucky highways.


 

 

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Reservoir Smallmouth Bass Season Around the Corner

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Reservoir smallmouth anglers are a weird lot. They dangle tiny little hair jigs under bobbers in air so cold ice forms in the guides of their rods. They think the best late fall fishing days feature leaden, low skies, light rain and highs in the 40s.


 

 

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Cooler temps heat up fall bass fishing

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

The orange tint in the tops of mature trees portend what is coming our way. Cool nights with crisp, gorgeous days signal  some of the best days of the year in Kentucky, and also the beginning of the fall reservoir fishing season for largemouth bass.


 

 

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Muskellunge fishing heats up in fall

By Kevin Kelly

FRANKFORT, Ky.

The angler’s whoop traveled fast and loud over the water from the back of Buck Creek on Cave Run Lake.

Bringing a trophy muskellunge to the boat after a spirited fight uncorks raw emotions and provides a unique sense of satisfaction. In this instance, the 45-inch torpedo of a fish was a new personal best and the fourth muskellunge the angler had caught on this cool, calm, overcast Friday in mid-September.


 

 

Kentucky Afield Outdoors:Spotted Bass School in Fall​

By Lee McClellan

FRANKFORT, Ky.

They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentuck​y.​

 

Quick-strike Rig Construction
Quickstrike rig

 

Note to Muskie Anglers: When using Live Bait, please Use a Quick-strike Rig to reduce catch-and-release muskie mortality

The basic rig construction consists of a 24-inch length of uncoated bronze stranded wire, 20 to 50 lb. test, a heavy duty rear treble hook, and a smaller front treble or optional single front hook. The front hook should contain shrinkable tubing around the shank so it will slide on the wire making it adjustable. A strong black swivel should be attached on the opposite end of the whole rig. An optional small spinner blade should be added in front of the front hook making it legal for use in states where a multiple hook rig is illegal. The whole thing can be assembled by using either crimp-on sleeves or twisting the wire to make a good connection. You can easily make your own rigs or they can be purchased from most Musky tackle outlets.

Information courtesy Musky America at Musky.com. For more information see: http://www.musky.com/Features/strike.htm

tandem quickset rig and quickset rig

 
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