I feel that one of the most overlooked and underfished resources that we have in our area is the walleye fishing at Carr Creek Lake.
A lot of fishermen are not aware of the numbers and of the nice size walleye in this lake, and only a handful of anglers regularly fish for these fish. I have always said that walleye fishing on Carr Creek was the best kept secret on this lake.
I have done some walleye fishing over the past few years on Carr Creek with some nice fish caught, one over four pounds and my best one over five pounds.
This lake over the past few years has produced walleye over eight pounds that I know of. I don’t care where you fish for walleye, that is a good sized fish. I really believe in the next few years someone — hopefully me — will catch a walleye out of Carr Creek Lake over 10 pounds.
I was fishing a bass tournament on Carr Creek a couple of years ago. We were going down the bank toward the beach, and we saw something floating in the water. When we got close up, we saw it was a huge walleye that had been hit by a boat motor prop. This was one of the biggest walleye I had ever seen. I would say that it would go at least eight pounds or better.
I was told by some of the fishery biologists that keep track of the walleye on Carr Creek that the walleye in this lake grow faster than in most Kentucky lakes. This is because of a huge bait fish base in the lake, and the high quality of the water, rich in protein and good oxygen levels. Other area lakes like Laurel Lake, Paintsville Lake and Lake Cumberland have walleye also, but all these lakes have something that the walleye need that Carr Creek Lake does not have. This is a major river for the walleye to go upstream in the spring to spawn. Because of this, walleye at Carr Creek must be stocked at times, but the walleye in Carr Creek will still outgrow the ones in these other lakes.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department rates the fishing on diff erent lakes during the year for several fish. It rated Carr Creek good to excellent in the spring months for walleye.
Walleye will come up shallow in the early spring and at night and during overcast and cloudy days. When they are shallow, it is hard to beat a rattling crank bait fished fast close to the bank where the river channel hugs in close to the bank. During the day, walleye will move to deeper flats and dropoff s and hold on river and creek channel edges.
These fish like bright-colored baits like green chartreuse, yellow and white. Work big jig heads with live bait like minnows, nightcrawlers or leaches in these areas, or deep diving crank baits. Night fishing can be very rewarding.
I am really going to try to catch a monster walleye this year.