Nolin Guide Service

What's Biting and When

Largemouth and KY Spotted Bass

Mid March through late November

White Bass

April  June July


Late March to mid April and  Mid June through August

Fishing Activity


Fluctuating lake levels have made catching a challenge this winter.  Water temps have been in the mid to high 40's.  When we do have a few days of sunny weather strung together, a rattle-l- trap in citrus, a Rogue  in the clown pattern,  Bandit crawsome 200 or a War Eagle 1/2 oz spinnerbait in chartreuse/white can get bites.  Bluffs are good places to fish a rogue.  Spinnerbaits are good slow rolled through brushpiles.  Crankbaits fished in sunny pockets off the main lake will get your string stretched.  

Wear tour PFD!


Currently the lake is about 3 feet above summer pool and falling fast.  The lower lake is stained to clear.  Mid lake to the upper end is stained to muddy.  Upper river is clear and looking good for the white bass and walleye run.  Surface temps are running right around 50 degrees.  Bass are eating jerkbaits and square bills on the main lake.  Swimbaits and a-rigs are getting bit as well as jigs and spinnerbaits.  It's still a bit early in the year, but get out there and give it a try.


Currently the lake is about 17 feet above summer pool and slowly rising.  Water temps are in the low 50's.  Clarity ranges from clear on the lower end and in the creeks to stained in the upper lake.  Spinnerbaits, rat-l-traps and a-rigs are baits of choice right now.  A slow steady retrieve has been best.  Most ramps are closed.  Check with the Corp Office for ramp information.