What I normally say at the end of my TV shows is that "Great Fishing is not that far away."
That truly is the case with fishing Kentucky Lake. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago and not all that far from I-57. Getting down to Kentucky Lake, according to my GPS is 5 and a half hours, door to door.
Kentucky Lake is a big body of water and extends from the north end of the state to the south end and into Tennessee. So to get to the south part of the lake may take a bit longer. What Roger Wright and I did though was stay at the Kentucky Dam Village Resort which is located at the north end of the lake. The resort is only a hop, skip and jump from the Illinois/Kentucky border by taking I-57 to I-24.
Okay, it was mentioned that the lake is big. Well it’s actually over 160,300 acres big. It's a man made reservoir constructed for producing hydroelectric power and is considered to be the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States east of the Mississippi River. It’s not the largest by volume though; Lake Cumberland holds that distinction. That’s probably because Cumberland’s maximum depth is almost 200 feet.
Last week we got to fish with Randy Kuhens and Rich Bay of Kickin’ Bass Guide Service. Our trip was for the lack of better works, fantastic. Many of their guide services are out of a huge Ranger bass boat, but for our trip, we used a beautiful pontoon.
The mission that we were on was to get a TV show recorded for Illinois Outdoors TV and we did just that with no problem at all.
The water is warm and had a surface temperature of 82 degrees. Bass fishing would be slow so Randy felt it would be bet to go for stripers and crappies.
Well, the white bass or stripers were not cooperating in that a cold front moved in the night before. Yellow bass for some reason were hungry. So were the bluegills. We got a bunch of them throwing blade baits. The catching was pretty constant and fun with our light spinning gear.
For a change of pace, that afternoon we switched gears and trolled crankbaits for crappies.
Now I’ll be honest with you here. I was concerned when we were setting up crankbaits the size of which I’d normally cast for bass. But when in Rome… do as the Romans do. We used them and they worked. In the live well were plenty of 12 to 14 inch crappies that came home with us for the dinner table.
Randy and Rich of Kickin’ Bass Guide Service are on the water pretty close to every other day of the week guiding clients for bass, stripers and more. Kentucky Lake is a great fishing and vacationing destination. I must say that if you’re planning on a week of fishing down there and are not familiar with the lake, hire a guide within your first two days of arrival. Have a guide show you where to fish, how to fish and what to use. Learn up front and enjoy the rest of your week on the water catching fish on your own being armed with the education that a guide can give you.
For families and younger kids, fishing from the pontoon is great. There’s a lot of room, it’s comfortable and the safety aspect of it all is obvious. Kickin Bass's pontoon is wheelchair accessible. For the more experienced anglers, fishing from Randy’s bass boat is not only efficient, but also thrilling.
I have a few photos here to share that were grabbed from the video footage we got on Kentucky Lake. Check them out and you’ll have to agree that we had a good time on the water.
For more information about the Kentucky Parks, visit their website at www.parks.ky.gov. We stayed at the Kentucky Dam Village which offers really nice rooms at the lodge and spacious cabins within the park, a pool, great restaurant, the Harbor Lights, and more. Visit their site at www.parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/ky-dam-village And finally, to learn more about Kickin’ Bass Guide Service, visit their site at www.KicknBass.net.