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 Fishing Report April 12, 2019

Breaking News the Bass are Spawning! Monday April 8 the morning water temperature was about 61 degrees and the bass were in their spawning locations on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. I love this time of year and season. Many anglers have a hard time during the spawn and probably don’t understand the spawn or the spooky behavior of bass at this time. For most pitching a jig or creature bait catches most of the fish for most of the fisherman. I love to pitch baits and I also have had tremendous luck with a weightless trick worm a style of fishing I developed in 1991.

Every year bass spawn and the season usually last about 1 month. Most years it happens during the same week but some years it may be late and some it will be early. This year it has arrived ahead of schedule but not with a big bang. In other words it got here due to the water temperature being right but not with three strong sunny days in a row. Some years when it starts it seems as if every bass moved in to nest and reproduce on the same day but not this year its more like they are in the right locations emitting the spooky spawning behavior but not all have made nest or laid eggs. Nature has its own way of taking care of things and that is why a mature female bass can lay eggs up to 4 times during the spawn they don’t lay them all at once and many bass will head out to deep water when the spawn is over with eggs dissolving inside their bellies. No doubt learning about the spawn, observing it, and successfully catching bass in different types of spawning areas will help anglers have a more enriched fishing experience this time of year! The spawning season should last up until mid May so book a trip with me and I will do my best to teach you all I can about the spawn and catching bass this time of year.

I have thousands of waypoints of many individual pieces of structure to include good ledges, stumps,  brushpiles, bridges, and roadbeds. Many of the brushpiles I have marked have lots of crappies in them. Soon there will be plenty of crappies on the right stretches of banks.

Spring is a great time to be out on the water fishing and it is a great time for Turkey Hunting so I am offering combination Turkey hunts/Fishing trips.

Please check out and like my Shelldivers Guide Service Facebook page. I will have additional pictures posted there some are underwater photos of fish and shellbeds.

If you just want to enjoy a day of catching quality bass or are wanting to learn how to effectively fish offshore I am as good as it gets! I had excellent results in my career as a baseball and wrestling coach and use the same skills to help my clients learn bass fishing.

I have 29 years of ledge fishing experience and would like nothing more than to take all of my readers out fishing! If you want to book a trip with me please try to call me as the communication over the phone is much more effective and consumes less time than emails. I do respond to all forms of communication as quick as I can. 

 

Scott McGlinchey
Shelldivers Guide Service
48 Walnut St
Dexter, KY 42036
317-440-2934


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Fishing Report March 12, 2019

We are now in the middle of March and the bass fishing has been good. During the last week the lake level has been high and the bass moved in to the shallow flooded cover. In the winter months when the water level is at winter pool there is no shallow cover so when the water level rises to 361 feet above sea level or above the bass will move in the flooded cover and the fishing will be excellent. Bass and crappie are feeding hard right now preparing for the spawn and have been undisturbed throughout the winter with fishing pressure low.

There have been many heavy limits of bass caught by fisherman that are comfortable with fishing the bushes. The bad thing with all that great fishing is that the water level has now dropped to where there is very little flooded cover left and so the bass have to pull out of it and relocate. If you were a bass where would you go if the water dropped out of all the great shallow cover you were holding in? They scatter out along banks and shallow points then eventually some big smart ones relocate on drop offs closest to the shore. These shallower drop offs are not so popular amongst fisherman and you can’t scan up a school in shallow depths with most electronics. In a short period of time bass will move a little further out and relocate on prime drop offs before the spawn gets here.

Now all the talk about great shallow fishing in the flooded cover is all kinds of great right. However there were still many bass that stayed out deep that will slowly relocate to the same winter/pre spawn drop off that they were on before the high water got here. Kentucky Lake has some big bass that love to stay out offshore.

The other great pattern that occurred during all the high water we have had and that will continue for a while is what I would call a current pattern. Because there has been millions of gallons of water being released per minute each hour of the day some bass will locate in those eddies to feed hard on baitfish. Find the right eddy and you can load the boat quick!

Please check out and like my Shelldivers Guide Service Facebook page. I will have additional pictures posted there some of which are underwater photos of fish and shellbeds.

If you just want to enjoy a day of catching quality bass or are wanting to learn how to effectively fish offshore I am as good as it gets! I had excellent results in my career as a baseball and wrestling coach and use the same skills to help my clients learn bass fishing.

I have 29 years of ledge fishing experience and would like nothing more than to take all of my readers out fishing! If you want to book a trip with me please try to call me as the communication over the phone is much more effective and consumes less time than emails. I do respond to all forms of communication as quick as I can.