Hello folks! I hope all is well with each of you. I am doing great. Lane and I went to Lake Cumberland on Monday this week. We met up with my father and went to catch some crappie. True to my dads’s form we were on fish almost immediately. These fish were not the fish we are used to seeing here on Barren River Lake. The first crappie out of the water was over 17 inches long.
I went thinking I would throw my trusty NED rig for some bass, preferably spotted ones. When dad pulled the monster crappie out I changed my mind. Minnows it was from then on. With Lane and Dad catching the fish and I was the net man. When you have a two pound crappie on a number four gold hook you better have a net. Lane and his grandpa had a double at one point. I love seeing people catch fish as much as I love catching them. It was so much fun spending time with my dad and son. I explore all of you to take your kids fishing, and take your parents. Dad is in his 70s and can fish circles around me. I learn from him every time we go out. Lane is no slouch himself. Lane I think gets tired of bass fishing which is my life in the warmer months. He looks forward to this time of year. He loves to crappie fish.
We did put together a few spots before the trip was over only one real good one. I caught two about 13 inches long they were fairly shallow about 8 feet. The bigger a two pound fish was in about the same depth. We cheated on these guys as we were crappie fishing. they cam on minnows too. The action was fast we caught around fifteen fish. I caught one crappie which happened to be the smallest at 11 inches. Out of shame I threw it back! Well not shame but when you have 6 over 15 inches there is no reason to keep an 11 inch fish.
If you want to catch a trophy crappie go to Lake Cumberland. The numbers are not what you may find on other bodies of water. Ten fish is a pretty good day. Twenty fish is a great day. When the fish are 12 to 19 inches it is worth the wait to me. Yes Cumberland is deep, yes it is clear, yes it can be a tuff fishery. It is worth the work, or one could hire a guide. I may be biased as I grew up crappie fishing Cumberland, but I remember days of 60 fish that were small. We had them. The size limit of 10 inches which we hated, has truly paid off. Go up and give it a try. Good Luck and God Bless!