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Scott McGlinchey's Fishing Report

Some Bass Beginning to Move To Ledges

Published on May 23, 2020

So far bass fishing at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes has been better than last year! I have definitely caught more 15 inch keeper fish than last year. Every year I am always optimistic that we have had a good spawn. I feel that way because I hope to be positive; I see bass spawning, and I am out there during the waves of fish moving up to spawn so I see it.

It has been a very long spawning period this year and with morning temperatures at 70 degrees there are still bass hanging around spawning flats.

Earlier this week I caught a nice limit of bass and got them by fishing a ten inch worm on summer ledges and with a trick worm from spawning flats and banks. I normally quit fishing the shallow water this time in May due to being able to catch bass from offshore ledges. But this year I am still catching them good in water as shallow as one foot. I actually started catching a few ledge fish two weeks ago and it is starting to pick up now.

To catch early ledge fish start by finding drop offs nearest the spawning flats and use any of your favorite off shore baits. Some of my favorite ledge baits are a ten inch worm, Carolina rig, football head jig, crankbait, and a heavy one-ounce spinner bait.

Once I catch a few summer drop off fish I get excitied and am confident at catching a heavy limit every day. Here at Kentucky Lake bass move out to drop offs as soon as they are done spawning. In contrast on many small reservoirs in the midwest bass don't show up on ledges for a few weeks after the spawn is over.

With bass being mostly done spawning, catfish, bluegills, and red ears have moved up shallow to begin their spawning rituals. During the last couple years the small coves and pockets off the main lake or back in creek arms seem to be better than large flat areas in the backs of bays and creek arms. Catfish prefer to spawn on chunk rock, boulders, and even concrete foundations.

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Scott McGlinchey's Bio

Owner of Shelldiver Guide Service in Dexter, Ky., Scott specializes in largemouth bass fishing on Kentucky Lake. In addition to teaching new techniques for clients, Scott also helps prepare tournament anglers. He's got 30 years of fishing experience and frequently posts photos of catches and underwater shellbeds on his Facebook page. Search for Shelldiver Guide Service on Facebook.

Scott's report covers both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Scott McGlinchey
Shelldiver Guide Service

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