Nolin Guide Service -  Mammoth Cave, Kentucky



What's Biting 

 
Largemouth bass fishing is best from late March through May.  June through the middle of July offers good bass fishing at night. Mid September through early November offers good bass fishing as well.
 
White bass fishing is typically good from the end of May through late June.

Crappie fishing is typically at its best from late March through the middle of April depending upon water temperature.  June through October are good for fishing deep structure.

 
 Recent Activity and Conditions

7/5/17
Surface temps remain in the low 80's.  We are around summer pool and mainly clear.  Bass fishing has been fair.  Jigs, plastics and deep crankbaits have been catching fish early and late.  Finesse presentations have been most productive during the day.  Shaky head worms in green pumpkin and melon/red are good flavors.  Black/blue jigs are working well.  Shad pattern crankbaits are catching fish off points.  The night bite has been best for catching quality bass.  Large worms, jigs and spinnerbaits have been catching some good ones. 

My night bite trips are from 7 till midnight central time.
 
White bass are chasing shad in scattered jumps.  A little george is a good choice to catch them.

Crappie are hit or miss on deep brush using a pearl or chartreuse tube.

7/10/17
It's July!  The lake is clear in the low to mid 80's and falling about 2 feet above pool.  Bass are on deeper structure as they tend to be this time of year.  Football jigs in green pumpkin patterns work well fished on points.  Carolina rigs with sinking worms have been pretty good.  Again, green pumpkin patterns are good flavors.  XD6 crankbaits in shad patterns have been good.  

The night bite has been productive.  Jigs fished on deep banks have been good.  Large worms in plum or blue fleck have been catching fish.

Shaky heads and drop shots have been catching numbers.  A 5 inch Cabela's worm in melon/purple has been very productive on a 3/16 head.  Light line is a must.  A diamond worm in melon/red and 1/4 oz weight has been good on a drop shot around docks. 

7/13/17
Surface temps are in the mid 80's with the lake returning to pool and clear.  Bass are schooling along the river channel.  Topwater baits have been productive early and late in the day.  Melon/purple Cabelas go-to finesse worms have been really good recently fished on a 3/16 shaky head.  A black/blue jig with craw trailer has been good at night.  A plum or blue fleck 10 inch worm has been catching some good ones also.  

Crappie are in brushpiles around 15 feet.  Minnows or pearl tube jigs have been catching a few.  White bass are in scattered jumps early and late in the day.  A white rooster tail spinner is hard to beat.

7/18/17
Surface temps are around 85 degrees in the mornings.  The lake is clear, stable and near summer pool.  It's July!  Bass are in schools along steep banks around 18 feet.  Shaky head and drop shot presentations have worked for me most recently.  Green pumpkin, melon/purple and blue fleck have been good flavors.  The topwater bite is fair early and late in the day along shoreline cover.  Jigs with a craw trailer have been productive at night as well as 10 inch worms and spinnerbaits. Black/blue, plum and blue fleck have been good flavors.  The night bite has been best for better quality fish.

White bass are in scattered jumps.  Keep a 3/8 rooster tail at the ready. They do not stay up more than a minute.  The mouth of Rock Creek, Dog Creek, Conoloway, Red Rock, Davis Creek, Brier Creek and by the dam all have schools of white bass late in the day.

Crappie are in deep brush around 15 feet.  Minnows and pearl or chartreuse tube jigs work well.  Early mornings and late evenings have been best.      

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