Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

The action continues to pick up pace

I have been receiving reports of much-improved fishing on many of the Kentucky and Tennessee lakes.

This is common this time of year because of the cooler weather and milder water temperatures. This makes the fish become more active and feed in the shallows and close to the bank. Largemouth bass, crappie, muskie, walleye and smallmouth bass all are more active during the fall season. The smallmouth bass and crappie will remain active during the cooler months on most lakes.

There are several good cool weather lakes in our area, including Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, and the Tennessee lakes Cherokee and Norris. My favorite cool weather lake — one that covers both Kentucky and Tennessee — is Dale Hollow Lake. I have gotten to fish this lake several times in the early winter and have always had a good trip.

When fishing for bass right now, buzz baits, crank baits and spinner baits are good choices. As the water cools on down, the slower-moving tube baits and jigs will be the best choice, especially when the water temperatures fall into the high 50s.

If you like to be out on the lake when the scenery is beautiful with the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime, that time is now.

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