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:

Fall Fishing Festival: ​

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.


 

 

Fall Fishing Festival: 

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.


 

 

Fall Fishing Festival: 

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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