If you are planning a fishing trip you have a lot of really good lakes close by to choose from. And if you have a certain type of fish you are looking for, then there are great lakes around here for that also.
Most lakes offer good cool weather angling for fish like crappie and trout. These fish are right at home in cooler water and are not as affected by falling water temperatures like some of the other fish are. They will be active most all year and not at really deep depths.
I have caught nice size crappie on Carr Creek Lake on very cold days. Trout really like the clear, cool water in a stream or creek. I have gone during the winter to creeks like Linefork, Rockhouse and the Carr Creek spillway and caught some nice size trout.
There are some great lakes for winter smallmouth bass. My favorite is Dale hollow Lake. I have a lot of good memories of good fishing trips to this lake with friends. I caught some big bass on every trip.
Other good smallmouth lakes include Lake Cumberland, Norris Lake, and Cherokee Lake. Musky are active in cooler water and my favorite musky lake is Cave Run Lake near Morehead. Also good are Buckhorn and Green River Lake.
Stripers are very popular, and the spot for them is Lake Cumberland. Many huge stripers are caught there this time of year.
So, when you plan your trip take time to check these lakes out online to get updated fishing reports. And have a safe trip this winter.