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 

Currently the lake is falling towards winter pool.  We are about 9 feet below summer pool and dropping about 6 inches per day.

Surface temps are in the upper 60's.  

Bass are being caught on a variety of lures and presentations. Topwater baits have been good in the back of creeks and along main lake pockets.  A bone zara spook has been good as well as a buzzbait. Deep fish are being caught 25 to 30 feet along flats next to the channel bends. A drop shot is a really good presentation to use when the fish are locked on structure.  A melon/red BPS Fin-Eke worm works well. Give the BPS drop shot hooks with the swivel attached a try.  Makes rigging a whole lot easier.  A 1/2 to 3/4 ounce jig and trailer is catching fish off flats. A swimming presentation has worked well. 

Crappie are around 15 to 18 feet near cover. Main lake pockets and standing timber in creeks are holding fish. A 1.5 inch pearl tube has been good tipped with a crappie nibble. 

This is a really good time to be out on the lakes marking waypoints for future reference.  Area lakes form their thermoclines right around 15 feet in early summer.  Finding those brush pile and rock piles will pay off in summer schooling fish.  Crappie are still biting in standing timber in Briar, Davis, Cane Run and Conoloway Creeks.  Bass can be caught along channel bends in creeks. Balsa and flatside crankbaits are very productive in a craw pattern. A 1/2 ounce tandem spinnerbait with red gold blades catches fish.  A-rigs are good with 3 inch swimbaits in white ice.  Be safe and prepared.

I will be at the Louisville Cabelas on Saturday, December 11, from 12:00 to 4:00.  Come on by for tips and tackle updates.