background image
ally could be estimated in the dozens.
(The creel limit is six black bass daily, but
more anglers tend to come for the joy of
catch-and-release fishing.)
To tell the truth, some of the difficult
bass fishing days on Kentucky Lake
would be celebrated elsewhere. Some-
times fishermen get into schools of sub-
keeper bass and end up complaining
about catching throngs of largemouth in
the 13- to 15-inch range.
The abundance of the resource, the char-
acter of the lake and west Kentucky's cli-
mate means that bass fishing is usually
productive from early spring (or maybe
late winter if it's mild) all the way through
late fall. The winter off-season is usually
only an off-season on the basis of anglers
being reluctant to get out there. For the
most part, it's a year-round fishery in term
of bass willingness.
Another huge plus for the visiting angler
is that multiple approaches will work. For
instance, from mid-spring until early fall,
many bass anglers prefer working lures
around open water structure, often in the
The South's Great Lake for Fishing
expanse of the main lake. Meanwhile,
those anglers who are more at home in
shallow water, in the backs of bays or
around shorelines, generally can scratch
out their of share of admirable catches
doing it their way.
While bass may get much attention
nowadays, Kentucky Lake made its name
years ago producing unbelievable catches
of crappie. Some of the glow around crap-
pie fishing waned as the lake aged and
grew clearer. Crappie didn't use shallow
water as much where light penetration
was vastly increased.
And with clearer water, the crappie pop-
ulation itself changed. The dominant
white crappie species declined as the clear
water-favoring black crappie species in-
creased and became the most prevalent of
Photo courtesy of Kickin' Bass Guide Service