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 


It's a good time to be on the lake.  Bass fishing has been good with fish moving to spawning areas.  Spinnerbaits are a good bet.  Chartreuse/white has been a good flavor.  Squarebill crankbaits in a crawfish pattern have been good.  Jigs are always a go-to bait for bass.  White bass fishing has been good fishing above Bacon Creek. An occasional walleye is a bonus.  Crappie are shallow in spawning areas and on wood.  A 2 inch grub on a 1/8 ounce head works well casted to cover.  A tube jig or feather jig fished under a float is good.  The lake is stained, at summer pool and in the low 60's. 


Fishing is good right now for a variety of species.  Spotted bass are biting all over the lake.  Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics are getting good numbers. Rock bass are biting very good over rock piles in about 5 feet of water.  Excellent table fair.  Crappie have slowed considerably and are transitioning to a summer pattern. White bass are finishing the run with a few left in the river. Spinners and grubs continue to be the lures of choice. Largemouth are in various stages of spawning. Good numbers of fish are eating swimbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics. A sinking worm in melon/red has been good recently. The lake is at summer pool, clear and in the mid to upper 60's.  Wear your PFD.  


Rising water levels have slowed fishing as of late. Spotted bass are biting. Finesse jigs and plastics in melon/red and green pumpkin have been good flavors. Largemouth are taking spinnerbaits in shad patterns along shallow cover. Senkos are getting bit along flooded bushes. Rock bass are still active along rocky banks. Most fish are at 10 feet. Crappie are in transition and can be caught trolling crankbaits . A few quality white bass are showing up along the main lake chasing shad. 200 series bandits in a chartreuse pattern have been a good choice. The lake is about 3 feet above summer pool, clear to stained and in the mid to upper 60's.  Be safe and wear your PFD.


Lake levels are back to pool and stable. Largemouth are taking plastics fished on carolina and texas rigs off main lake points and secondary points in the creeks. Spotted bass are taking jigs and finesse baits off rocky banks. Not much to report on the crappie bite. Bluegill are bedding with good numbers and size. Look for beds in the back of creeks  and pockets with overhanging vegetation.  Carolina rigged lizards in melon/red and green pumpkin have been good.  A TRD fished on a 3/32 ounce head has been catching spots. Goby has been a good flavor.  A black #2 popeye tipped with a meal worm and fished under a bobber is an excellent bluegill bait.  Be safe out there and wear your PFD.