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Kick'n Bass Kentucky Lake Fishing Report

Nov. 20, 2015


“On the Water” Sonar Class Availability …


We have a day or two available for an on the water sonar class in late November and a few dates available until December 18th.  Call now to schedule your class.


Lake Levels …


Caution … Lower water levels!   Know where you are at all times when running and use the channel markers, they’re there for a reason.  At lower water levels use caution when loading and unloading at the launching ramps. 


Current lake level is just inches above winter pool and approximately 4.75 feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown in accordance with the normal TVA operating schedule.  For additional info, including generation schedule for Kentucky Lake, visit the TVA website: 


Water Clarity and Temperature … Both lakes have what I would consider ideal water clarity for fishing with the exceptions of some bays where runoff from recent rains has stained the water.   The overall water color can change depending on the flow from the south. The Lowrance temperature probe on my Ranger showed surface water temp at 54 degrees on the main lake with the water warming in the afternoon on sunny days.


Weather Outlook

Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. 
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. 
Saturday...Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the morning...Then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. 
Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. 
Sunday...Mostly sunny. Highs around 40. 
Sunday Night...Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. 
Monday...Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. 
Monday Night...Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. 
Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. 
Tuesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. 
Wednesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. 
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. 
Thanksgiving Day...Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s. 



Prime Feeding Times for Gilbertsville, KY 42044


Fishing Report …


Crappie Fishing …

Lots and Lots of smaller fish is the word.  Where these were fish this Spring nobody knows. Best depths seem to be 6-12 feet and with the cloudy water the fish aren’t spooky over brush or stake beds. 

The Right Crappie Hook Can Make a BIG Difference!

di2When the water on Kentucky Lake has had a lot more color to it spider rigging or vertically fishing over cover is a pretty good way to catch a nice mess of November crappie.  However, some of our favorite brush tops have been located mid bay in clear water and getting up close and personal with crappie has been difficult at times for us anglers.  In order to improve your catch you can adjust your presentation in a couple of ways.  This includes backing off the cover and casting curly tails mounted on lead heads with light wire hooks and using braided line with a fluorocarbon leader.  Using the light wire hooks has allowed us to keep the lures in and around the cover where the big slabs have been hiding.  The big advantage of light wire hooks is the angler can fish lures close to the cover without the fear of getting hung up.  Having the right line is essential.  We use 8 lb yellow Power Pro braid as a main line and add an 8 pound fluorocarbon leader on the business end.  This set up offers several advantages to the angler; superior casting, unbelievable feel for those light biters, strength and durability.  In the event one of us gets hung in the brush, all it takes is a gentle steady pull on the line and the Light Wire hook will bend and come free.  Countless times we’ve done this and saved a retie and precious fishing time.  Also when you get hung and get free it’s one of the best times to get bit.  Once the lure comes out, reel very slowly.  Some of our best fish have been caught as the lure pops free from the submerged cover.  No doubt Light Wire hooks are the way to go.  A S-L-O-W retrieve works best when fishing deep brush piles.

Get your Light Wire lead heads at most of the tackle shops or from Ken McGregor at the Fisherman’s Friend in Lake City (270) 362-4323.  You’ll get unhung and retie less when you’re swimming those curly tails thru the submerged cover


Stripes …

Yellows and whites are mixed in with crappie and are being caught on minnows and at the same depth.  Also if you want to get in on some fast action cast a Steel Shad Blade Bait anywhere near the intersection of a drainage ditch and creek channel and you’ll have a blast.


P1010649Come Fish With Us On the Kick’n Bass  Pontoon!

Capt. Rich Bay and Bill Hurle from Louisville, KY with some slabs

Have a Blast on the Kick’n Bass Pontoon. Families and Groups Welcome and Corporate Trips are our Specialty.  We appreciate folks with Special Needs.  We furnish the rods & reels and lures, clean and package your catch.                   

                             It’s the BEST VALUE on the lake.

Book Your Trip NOW!  Call 270-703-6133

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Whether it’s a birthday surprise, Christmas Gift or just doing something nice for that special someone … a Kick’n Bass or Precision Sonar Gift Certificates are the perfect gift.

Use the Gift Certificate for a Guided Fishing Trip, Pontoon Fishing Adventure, Sonar Class or purchasing Sonar Accessories.

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Precision Sonar

Electronics Tip of the Week

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When Crappie are near or tight to cover using Lowrance Structurescan is the real deal.  A properly tuned system will easily identify these fish holding areas.  Knowing where the fish are allows you to position your boat and effectively fish. 

The screen shot shows larger more aggressive fish positioned away from the cover and smaller fish tight among the stake bed.  The larger fish were easily caught swimming a Kentucky Green curly tail grub on a 3/32 Ken’s light wire hook lead head.  The smaller fish were less aggressive and would only bite a minnow fished over the cover on a ESB slip bobber.

In our class we’ll find areas like this, mark the position and show you how to return without ever assigning a waypoint.  You’ll learn this and much more!

Our sonar class is a hands on, in your boat, using your electronics program that will take your sonar ability to the next level.  Schedule your personalized “On the Water” Sonar Class and contact


Here’s what some of our clients are saying about

Precision Sonar’s  “On the Water” Sonar Class and their Precision Sonar Mounting Systems …


Wow! What a great class!  My units are performing better now than ever before and I have the confidence to get out on my home lake and find fish.  Best thing I ever did to help my fishing.


Donnie Thomas – Ohio



From Bass Boat Central’s Skeeter Forum …


Precision Sonar on Skeeter ZX250

Got our units installed last week on Precision Sonar mounts. Randy was absolutely amazing with his service and these mounts are top notch.  I was a little worried about my foot hitting the bow mount, but even with a size 13, I never once touched it. Love the console mount getting the unit up and closer. 
Overall it took a couple of hours to install and was very easy. Very good directions included!

Alex D – Aiken, SC






Remember …


The first step in our “On the Water Sonar Class” is to perform an inspection of your system to make sure the installation has been done to factory specs and all components are installed in the proper location.  We’ll meet at our Installation and Repair facility and if adjustments are needed we can have them made prior to beginning your class.  Doing so assures you that your system will perform at a high level and you’ll get the most out of your time on the water.


Our service is not an indoor seminar, watching a video on youtube, or looking at a depth finder in a classroom. It’s hands on, in your boat using your electronics class that will take your understanding and know-how to another level!


IF YOU’RE CONFUSED, FRUSTRATED, AND NEED ANSWERS then Precision Sonar’s “On the Water Sonar Class” is for YOU!

Here’s just some of what Precision Sonar can do for YOU!

·  Make sure your HDS unit(s) has the correct settings for the type of fishing you do.

·  Program the individual screens and install the overlay data on the screen that you want. Example: Depth, Water Temp, Time, etc.

·  Arrange the screens so they display what you want them to show and make going from page to page orderly and non-confusing.

·  Eliminate unwanted, non-practical on screen data that clutters your screen and gets in the way of using your unit to its maximum potential.

·  Learn the art of waypoint management.  No more cluttered maps with useless or unproductive waypoints.  You’ll learn how to identify which locations are waypoint worthy and how to go back to those locations without ever assigning a waypoint.  You’ll learn to only assign a waypoint once you are satisfied the location is worth saving.

·  Demo the unit for you to help you be familiar with the screens and commands, so you’ll have a good understanding of how to use the unit and take advantage of its fish finding capabilities.

·  Provide you with back up material to keep you on track once the class is over

As a bonus you’ll learn to read an electronic topo map and learn how to condense and area to a manageable level and identify those sweet spots that hold fish. 



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Raymarine Console Mounting Systems

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Our mounting System features a clone of your boats console plate that is drilled and tapped to match the mounting holes on your Raymarine factory gimbal bracket. You send us your factory gimbal bracket. A cable access hole is added to the gimbal bracket and machined large enough to fit over the Marine Grade rubber grommet in the console plate. We powder coat the gimbal bracket to match the console plate using our attractive and Highly Durable Hammertone finish. Single and Dual Console mounts are available.  The mounting system looks great and adds a touch of class to your console. Mounting hardware included.