Shelldivers Guide Service's Fishing Report
For May 21, 2018Report for Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley
Bass fishing here at Kentucky Lake has been great for myself and my clients but tough for many other fisherman and even the FLW Pros. Lets take a look at what is going on with the bass.
For those of you that regularly follow my reports you already know the best part of the spawn was two weeks late. With a late spawn the bass are also late at moving out to the ledges.
Last year I located ledges that had bass on them during the spawn (Freak Ledges) and these locations were very consistent with no other fisherman fishing them.
Currently what I call "the first arrival ledges" have few fish on them but my freak ledges have big bass coming and going. The fishing here is not catching them every cast but rather taking your time and catching a big fish here and there when they want to bite.
I have caught a few fish on the first arrival ledges but they are not loaded up yet.
If you were following the recent FLW Tour event, you may have noticed that most of the pros are struggling as compared to previous years. They are struggling because the ledges aren’t loaded up yet and many of these guys are new to ledge fishing and rely heavily on todays high-tech sonar units.
Two of the competitors were running away with the event because they learned ledge fishing years ago before "Ledge Mania" occurred. They both learned to catch ledge fish on the Tennessee River lakes before high-tech sonar was available. Where I have been catching big limits of bass high-tech sonar is not needed.
These fish are way off shore but shallow and not grouped in large numbers so there's no need to see the fish on a screen. I learned to catch ledge fish in 1990 on Wheeler Lake with a $100 sonar unit and never needed to see groups of fish. It was all about finding the good holes/spots which required old techniques not used by todays high-tech fisherman. Myself and my clients caught heavy limits of bass each day of the FLW Tour event with zero FLW competitors near us!
The good thing is during this Tour event not as many bass were caught so all the bass that are still recovering from the spawn won’t have to recover a second time due to being caught and weighed in.
With only a few holes producing heavy limits each day local anglers following the pros that will beat these productive holes each and every day till the fish leave will have less of an effect than having many holes uncovered by spectators getting hammered each day till fish leave.
I learned along time ago that to keep a good hole productive all summer only fish it during a tournament or just once per week. When you fish a good hole everyday its not going to last long. There are still secrets out there and one of the best secrets are the old ways of finding and catching big bass without having to see groups of fish on a screen. Fisherman that are able to do this are few and far between.
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