Nolin Guide Service
What's Biting and When
Largemouth and KY Spotted Bass
Mid March through late November
April June July
Late March to mid April and Mid June through August
Area lakes are starting to produce some good fishing. Bass can be found around 10 feet near channel bends. Medium running crankbaits in a red craw pattern have been good. A-rigs are catching quality fish. Crappie are being caught out of deep brush using minnows and tube jigs. Blue/chartreuse and pearl glow have been favorite flavors in the BPS crappie tube. White bass can be caught in the creeks with running water. A white 3 inch grub on a 1/8 ounce head is a good choice as well as small jerkbaits and rooster tail spinners. The white bass run up the river will be starting in a couple weeks. Walleye will also be in the uppeer river and taking jig and grub combos tipped with a crawler or minnow.
Nolin Lake is currently about 6 feet above summer pool and falling fast. Surface temps are around 50 degrees and should rise with the warmer weather. Water clarity is from dirty to muddy. Bass are beginning to move from their winter homes toward suitable spawning habitat. Main lake pockets have been productive in the upper lake as well as the lower third of major creeks. Red craw crankbaits are a good choice followed chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie are beginning to search out shallow cover for spawning. One eighth ounce jig and grub combos cast to shallow cover work well. Head up the river for white bass. Grubs, spinners and small crankbaits work well. Move over to my tips page for productive lures and presentations.
Lake temperatures are in the lower 50's. Elevation is stable after a quick draw down over the last couple weeks. Water clarity is stained over much of the lake. Bass are biting crankbaits fished 4 to 8 feet along shoreline cover. Crawfish colors have been a good flavor. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and a-rigs have been getting some good bites. White bass are biting well in major creeks and in the Nolin River. White grubs on a 1/8 oz head is a good bet. The crappie bite is fair. Fluctuating water levels and cold fronts has slowed the spawn. Chartreuse grubs cast to shoreline cover have been productive. A minnow fished on a slip bobber is always productive. Start around 5 feet till you find a school of fish. Good Luck!
I am currently not taking clients until June. Meanwhile, bass are in multiple stages of spawning. Spots will be bedding mid May. Crappie typically slow down at the end of April and May finds them scattered. Mid June will find them on deeper brush for the summer. White Bass will be active on top the end of May. Enjoy the rest of your spring.