Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Carr Creek fishing keeps improving as years pass by

I myself am glad that we have Carr Creek Lake in our area. I have heard a lot of people over the years make negative remarks about this lake, but I bet that most of them would rather have this lake as to not have it.

Sure, this lake does not have the largemouth bass reputation of Cherokee Lake or the smallmouth bass name of Dale Hollow or the giant crappie name of Kentucky Lake. But these are all very large and much older lakes. Carr Creek Lake does not have the size or age of these other great lakes, but what it does have going for it is the ability to produce better and better fishing each year.

This year, so far, has been the best year I can remember for several species of fish. First, the largemouth bass fishing has been real good with a strong spring season. I got to go several times this spring and had some very good trips. I even caught a nice smallmouth.

In the early summer the bass moved into their normal summer patterns of being on shallow cover early and moving to deeper water and cover up into the day. This made for some very good bass fishing. In the Vicco Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bass Tournament, there were some very nice bass caught.

I can remember back several years ago when one keeper bass would place or win a bass tournament. That is not the case now; it takes a decent limit of bass to win a tournament. This alone tells you that the bass fishing has improved over a period of time.

The crappie fishing is getting back to the way it was 10 or so years ago. I can remember many nighttime crappie fishing trips back then with my dad or a friend. It was nothing to catch several crappie in the 12- to 15- inch range. The crappie fishing then took a downturn for several years. It seemed as if you could catch large numbers of crappie but none with any real size to them. But this year alone I know of crappie in the 13- to over 18- inches-long category being caught. That is a big nice crappie anywhere you go.

The catfish have also come on strong this year; several nice size cats have been caught this year.

The bluegill are everywhere. I get to do a lot of bluegill fishing on this lake and I have never seen bluegill as strong and healthy before on Carr Creek Lake. It seems I catch some nice size bluegill on every trip.

One of the best keep secrets on Carr Creek Lake is the walleye fishing. Carr Creek has several nice size walleye, some over eight pounds, but hardly anyone really ever fishes just for walleye. I am going to do a lot of walleye fishing when the weather cools off.

I did the “Fishing With Gabby” fishing show on this very lake back in 1997, ’98 and ’99. I caught a lot of fish during those three years and had a lot of good times that I will never forget. But I had also fished this same lake before then and have continue to fishing there today.

I have been very blessed and had a lot of good times on Carr Creek Lake and get to fish it almost every week. This lake has been a part of a lot of people’s lives over the years. As I said, I feel the future of this lake is only going to get better and better.

If you have any type of comment or fishing question, contact me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com.

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