Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Every angler has a favorite lake. One of my all time favorite is Dale Hollow Lake, which always offers a memorable fishing trip.

As many know, this is the lake that held the world record smallmouth bass caught by David L. Hayes in 1955 on the Kentucky side of the lake, which borders Tennessess. The fish weighed an amazing 11 pounds and 15 ounces. Dale Hollow also offers top-notch largemouth bass, walleye, trout and musky fishing.

There are parts of the lake where you can fish with either a Kentucky or Tennessee license and parts where you must have a license from the state you are fishing in, so be sure to look or ask someone.

A friend of mine and I took a late winter trip to Dale Hollow Lake to bass fish. We heard reports of good action for smallmouth and largemouth bass with musky action being decent and set out in temperatures in the low 40s with overcast skies — about as good as it gets for a late winter fishing trip.

I started getting my boat and tackle ready a few days ahead, deciding to go with light clear line on my rods for this clear, deep and cool lake. For lures I decided on hair jigs, spider jigs, tube baits, jigging spoons, or the float and fly if the weather was cold enough.

On the morning of our trip we met at 3 a.m. and headed out for Dale Hollow Lake. After about a four-hour drive we arrived at the boat dock and got ready to start our day of bass fishing. As the morning started to break it did not take long to see a definite change in the weather, and it was not for the good of our trip.

The mild temperatures had been replaced with a very with a wind chill way below freezing. The overcast skies were replaced by mile high bluebird skies.

Any angler can tell you that a cold front requires a bass angler to change fishing presentation or pattern to be successful. Instead of fishing in the eight-foot depth range on steep rocky banks, we moved out to much deeper water and fished old weed beds to find our bass.

We worked our jigs slowly through the weed beds and over deeper rocks on main lake points to find our bass. At the end of the day were cold and tired but for our efforts we were blessed to catch a couple smallmouth bass in the two- to three-pound range and a largemouth each over four pounds.

On the way home as we warmed back up in the truck I thought back on our day and was glad we did what we had to do to catch our bass. This remains one of my favorite fishing trips to one of my favorite lakes.

Greg “Gabby” Caudill may be reached by e-mail at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com, or by visiting www.myspace.com/ gabbysfishingfever

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