Kentucky Lake Bass Fishing

– We’re here on Kentucky
Lake this morning. We’re gonna spend a
couple days bass fishing. We got water temps right
now starting up about 53. Probably gonna
climb up to 55, 56. It’s pre-spawn. We’re down around
New Johnsonville. This is an area of Kentucky
Lake that I’ve never fished. We’re actually idling
out of the boat ramp right here by the bridge that
crosses the lake right here. We think the fish
will be pre-spawn, sitting up on the points, traveling in the ditches. We’ve got our Garmins all
set up so that we’ve got our good map shading. Where were gonna go about
zero to three foot on our red, we’re gonna go yellows
in about three to six, and green six to ten probably. I think that’s gonna really
help me clue in on some of these areas where there’s gonna
be some of the depressions, maybe some ditches,
secondary points out there. I’ve also adjusted my depth
level so that I know exactlywhat we’re dealing with. We’re kind of around the
winter draw down right now. And when you’re on the
winter draw down on this body of water they
really suck it down, and prepare for
the spring floods. I’ve adjusted my lake level to
be at 354 exactly right now. So that all my numbers on
my charts are gonna show up to be exactly what
we’re looking at. And that’s just some of the
great features that Garmin builds in so that
when I go to an area, or you go to an area that
you’ve never fished before, it clues you in on exactly
what’s going on out there. So you can feel comfortable,not only that you can find fish, but you can navigate
a little bit safer. Let’s go fishing. I love to fish shallow. To me shallow, less
than five foot of water is one of the funnest
place to fish. I like to throw the
targets on the bank. I don’t care what
those targets are. Reeds, rocks, lay downs,
boat docks, anything, grass. I don’t care what it is. I just like to fish shallow. Chunking and winding
in the spring, see if we can find some that
have moved up into a flat,and everything. We’re kind of going
down through here, you can see the creek
that’s going in here. There’s a big marina. I mean the fish want to go back. It’s just the natural migration. And you just got to get
the bait in front of ’emand intercept ’em somewhere, so. That’s really all
we’re gonna try to do. And when you can find
’em this time of year, it’s not uncommon
to really wreck ’em. And Kentucky Lake has
more than plenty to wreck. There he is. Right there at the boat
there is a drop off. I can see it on my sonar right there. Got my Panoptix out there,
it was kind of doubled up. Just an old sand drop. Come here. That’s a nice one. Boy he just barely got it. The water is kind of muddy
right here right now. Throwing that
chartreuse black back. Caught him on the back hook. He’s just probably swiped at it. More than likely just moving
in to set up to spawn. Nice, fat, Kentucky Lake bass. Whole bunch of
’em right up here. I’m right at the
end of our shading. Right where that drop off is. I mean it makes sense. It doesn’t look like it, if you were just kind of, golly I just got crushed. I can see so many fish on
the Panoptix right now. I mean they are just
piled up on the Panoptix right in front of me. This is fixen to get
stupid I have a feeling. Once you get your first bite,it’s amazing in how
your whole mood changes and what you start to do. And what you start
to notice in an area. Immediately to the
right of where I caught my first fish, I notice there
was a little kind of a bay. A little pocket. And when I look at my mapping
it looks really shallow. I had dialed in the exact
water depth based on how low they dropped down. And I’m thinking man there’s
not but a foot or two of water up in there. But I’ve learned in the past
that’s all it takes sometimes. You just got to get in there
and find where little ditch is. Find where maybe the wind
is blowing the bait fish in. And if you can find a
little bit of a depression, might only be six inches to a
foot in some of these shallow pockets, you can
find a lot of fish. When they bite, they
are fun to catch. Let him go back. Well this is such a
famous body of water. It’s always fun
to come over here. A lot of times I come over
here and I don’t’ necessarily get a chance to fish. We’ll be doing the Collegiate, Cabela’s Big Bass Bash
presented by Berkley. And I’ll come over here
and we’ll work that,and you’ll see all these
kids coming in withfour pounder after four pounder. And occasional eights
and nines rolling in. This time I just deiced to come
over a couple of days early. And really get a chance
to enjoy the area. I’ve been coming over here now
for about five years straight to the Paris Tennessee
area for that event. And it’s just fun. I mean I couldn’t resist it. I had to come two days early. You know a few things to
keep in mind when you’re fishing shallow cover. Boat positioning is so key. It’s very easy to hit
your trolling motor and just totally
blow silt everywhere, but that’s where Power Pole
really comes in to play. You can ease up to
the shallow cover,drop your power poles
down, maintain position,and make multiple presentations,
from different angles with different baits. That’s a couple of
bites on that same cast. Use those Power Poles to
my advantage right there. There he is. This might be another drum. No it’s a bass. Oh man down there, dirt,
dirt, dirt, shallow. That’s fun. Look at that. That’s what you call
eating it right there. When they get it
right like that. That’s eating it. Man I’m fishing in
2. 8 according to here, but I’m casting at
about six inches to catch these little
guys that are in here. They sure are fun. Go back and see if we
can’t catch another one. – The
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building legends. One at a time. – You know it is winter here. We’re on the winter draw down,and we’re over
visiting Kentucky Lake. Fishing out of Paris Tennessee. And water temperatures started
this morning in the low 50s they’ve climbed to about 55, and we’ve been seeing
a lot of bait fish. Really shallow. And I mean shallow you can tell. We’re in the mud right here. We’ve struggled on the ledge
deal in the grass out there. We haven’t been able
to get any bites. So we’re up here in
this dirt shallowbecause there’s some bait here, and there’s some
bass up here feeding. So the moral of the story, even though it is super cold, those afternoons. From super cold I mean
the water temperature, those afternoons
when they warm up, they can push those
fish really shallow. And if there’s bait
in that same area, you can flat out catch
’em a lot of times. Talk about matching the hatch. Look what we just
snagged right here. I mean that’s basically a lot
of the same types of colors that we’re throwing on there. Lipless crank bait right here. That’s what you want to
do when you’re fishing, you want to get
as close to that, matching the hatch as you can. What their feeding on. And we saw a lot of
the bait fish up here, you know flipping and
jumping out of the water. Man I just hit more
bait right there. The result was several bites. No giants. We just hadn’t hit them, but they can happen
on any given cast. Because now I know in
my mind I’m throwingexactly what these guys
are in here eating. – The spro ruko shad is
a bait that I lean on any time that I’m looking
for that rattling style bait. I mean we got the
small size, the 3/8ths, we got a half, we got a 5/8s. We’ve really got the whole
gambit covered when it comes to a rattling bait. The colors this throw
offers across the board. – It’s a bait that you can use
when the shad are spawning, or if the fish are schooling,
or if you’re fishing around grass. Or fishing around rip wrap. Something where you
need a lot of noise that’s gonna draw those
fish into biting the bait. So much as written, so
much has been talked about, you know rattle type baits, but to have something
that has a good components of gamakatsu hooks on a bait
that already come with it, it makes it that
much more better. Whether it’s the fat pop,
or the little John series, the mcstick series,
rock crawler series, I mean we have got
the colors covered from every bait that
you want to throw. So definitely be sureand check out the whole
line of Spro baits. – You know shallow water bass
fishing is something thatit’s an addiction to me,
it’s a passion of mine. I mean I want to go shallow
more than I do anything else. So if I’m going fishing
I’m always looking at the bank for
targets to throw at. And the reason why is that I’ve
just had success doing that. It’s something that
I’m comfortable doing. So as a person or as an angler, if you’re gonna go fishing
and you think you need to be fishing shallow, by all
means go flip that cover. Make a presentation
to that cover. And do it with several
different baits. One thing I’ve learned
over the years. Is I may think I need to
go flip a jig in there. But if one doesn’t
bite that jig,I might need to throw
a square bill in there. I might need to throw a
spinner bait in there. I might need to throw
a shaky head in there. I can pitch it in there. But if I see shallow cover, and I feel like
there’s a bass on it, I need to figure out how to make that bass
react and catch him. You know the size of the
fish that we’re catching doing this, chasing these
fish in these pockets, and these wind blown holes, they’re not really the biggestones that live in Kentucky Lake. But they’re fun to fish for,it’s a great technique. You know whether
you’re fishing here,or Lake Texoma, or
anywhere in the nation. And for me it’s
about getting bit, it always is. But we’re gonna spend a
lot of time coming up, out on these main lake ledges, out on these main
lake drop offs, fishing you know
those river channels, trying to intercept or
catch up with some of those bigger fish that are in
schools that are out there. But it’s just a
great way right here what we been doing
today to show youhow to get bit anywhere. We’re doing it on
Kentucky Lake right now,but it’ll work anywhere. There he is. Better fish here. Come here buddy. I mean that fish was so shallow. So shallow. And so much fun. Just in here eating what
they think is a shad. And you just winding
it, and pumping it,and they will crush it. That’s all there is to it. – We’re wrapping
up a great afternoon of fishing here
on Kentucky Lake, where Wade has been spending
the afternoon fishing shallow, windy
points and pockets. Targeting bass, feeding
on thread thin shad. Wade has plans to fish
again in the morning. And with the change in
the weather expected, it should be a great
day on the water here on Kentucky Lake. The Fisherman’s Handbook is
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keep you outdoors. Spro, sports professionals. – We literately just
launched our boat here. We’re at Paris Tennessee at
Paris landing state park. This is actually one of
my favorite places to go, and the reason why
is it’s just got that great fishing
feeling in it. You know Kentucky
Lake as a wholeis one of the great bass fishing
lakes, as well as crappie, that you’re gonna
find in the nation. And people come here from
all directions to catch fish. We’re gonna piddle around today. There’s a lot of
storms in the area. We’re gonna talk about fishingwhen the weather is kind of bad. Things that we do. And see if we can’t catch a
few fish while we’re at it. Because this lake is
absolutely loaded, but that means we
gotta go find ’em, or we’re gonna be embarrassed
if we don’t catch ’em. There he is, right there. There’s bite number one. Here in Paris. Nice little chunker. I just every time I see this
little stretch right here I feel like I ought to be
able to come behind here and catch one. I’ve never had a
chance to fish it. He ate it. Love it when they get
it right like that. You know when you’re out
fishing weather like this sometimes the simplest
place to unload where you can be
protected is a good thing. But you know if you’re
comfortable with the conditions you can run around in any type
of fishing scenario like this and probably find
some great fishing. You usually have low
pressure when it’s like this. Hit a rock right there,
thought I had another one. Usually you have low pressure when you got storms like this, and it’s been my experience
when you got low pressureyou catch a lot of bass. This just looks right. You know I love to
fish around marinas. Marinas with a rod. I like fishing any
where, obviously. But marinas with rocks
and a scenario like this, it just feels like a great
place to catch one right now. The lake is way
down where we’re at. You got to work a little
bit a lot of times to get back behind places,and maneuver around ’em. But if you take your time, and not make too much noise, and respect the folks property
that are all around it. You can get back
into some of these,and really catch
some great fish. Come here buddy. Not a very big one. Imagine that’s what I’ve hadbite it the last
couple of times. I missed a couple of ’em. About that size probably. That are just kind
of slapping at it in this darker color water. Didn’t miss that little guy. – We’ll be right
back with more Kentucky Lake. The Fisherman’s Handbook is
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bring the big bite to your line. – Water is still really cold. But we should be a little
better warming conditions where we’re fishing right now. I mean a cold front
just came through. It’s been raining. You’ve seen that earlier. Water temperatures are 53. And this lake is really low. Having a hard time
really honestly figuring out how to
catch the bigger fish. We’re catching a lot
of fish doing this. You know fish fairly shallow. But we have yet to
find that big school ofthe females that are coming in. It’s been kind of difficult
for us to dissect why or what to do. We’re literately
running down the bank with shallow running crank
baits our to about six feet. And lipless crank bait as well. Been catching some fish. Most of the fish that we’re
catching are way in the back. There’s a lot of bait fish
all the way in the back, of these pockets. So we’re just covering
as much water as we can. And it’d be the same thing
somebody can do at homeon their lake when it gets down,and it’s kind of cold like that. And fish in pockets that have
a lot of bait fish in ’em. That fish right
there just smoked it. And all of these
pockets are just fullof big thread thin shad. And we’re just trying
to match the hatch. For lack of a better word. That’s a nice one right there. And throwing it out there,and pumping it. And we’re mimicking exactly
what these fish are feeding on. You know the shad
that we’re seeing. And we know thread thin
shad look just likewhat’s sticking out of the
mouth of that fish right there. And with the water
temperatures being cold, those shad will die. And when they die
or they struggle,they just kind of flicker down. And these fish are
biting it on the pause. And the bait is
just falling down,and they’re pow. You know you can just see, I mean that mimics a shad. And these fish are pretty
fat, pretty chunky. We just got to get out
there and find a giant. And if we don’t find
a giant that’s okay. These are all heavy
two pound fish. And fun to catch. See if we can’t
catch another one. You know it’s pretty common. I’ve throw lipless crank bait all over the nation
to catch fish. You know the grass ditches
of Rayburn and Toledo Bend, the sand drop flats at
places like your Texoma here on Kentucky Lake. It’s obviously working. Another thing I’ve
always noticed that when I catch a drum
this time of the year. When I catch a drum this
time of year I catch bass. And we’ve caught several
drum in this pocket. Oh another good bass. We’ve caught several
drum in this pocket. And now we finally
located the bass. These bass are on
this little bit of rocky stretch right here. We fish the dirt side
and didn’t get any bites. Finally got over here
around this rock, and it’s about a foot deeper, and now we’re
starting to catch ’em. That’s so fun right there. You know shallow water
fishing across the nation is just something that a lot of people do. There’s a lot of
people drawn to it. We like to throw to a target. You know I don’t
know whether we want to see how accurate we are. Or just the fact that we’ve
always had success fish shallow. So everywhere I go,
on any body of water, I’m always looking
for a shallow bite. It’s just something
that I love to go do. There’s ya a Kentucky
Lake good one right there. Finally. Talking about right there. That’s a mouth full of bass. Look at that bass right there. That’s a good one right there. Fat, sassy, pre-spawn. Kentucky Lake good one. You get out here
twitching around,jerking around, cranking around
on these ledges and drops. That this lake is so famous for. That’s what you can catch. We have absolutely
caught a ton of bass. One very important and
final thing I can talk about on the shallow water fishing. Is that I’ve noticed
over the yearsis that when I can find
a lot of bait shallow, there’s gonna be
some bass around ’em. And it’s almost in my mind,it’s like they’ve herded
of these shad up there. Or they blue gill
might be spawning, and there’s gonna be some basslurking around the edges of ’em. Or whatever it maybe. And when I can find
bait fish in an area where there’s some
shallow cover, I’m almost always
gonna find an ole bass looking to eat one of them. And I’m hoping I can trick
him into eating my bait,verses those bait fish. Oh yeah. There’s ya a Kentucky
Lake stud right there. Covering water. Oh buddy, that is so
much fun right there. Love this lake. Love catching fish this way. Yaw what a good one. I’m gonna have to take
a picture of this one. Daw what a giant. What a giant right there. That is a stud right there. About two and half, three foot
of water, right on the drop. Woo! That’s fun. Put this big girl back. Ready to go, go
down to the depths. Oh son, I’m gonna tell ya
what, that’s fun right there. You can see the
point right there. Little chunky rock right there. We’ve been ripping that
bait along like that,and on the pause, thump! And we caught drum. And every now and
then we were like, oh, that’s a pretty big one. Well that one there, big ole bass. That is so much fun. We looked at this point
when we first come in, felt like it had
all the dynamics. Catch a big one. And we caught a ton of fish
on that side over there. But we ended up right here. Glad we did.

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