The spring started with the release of American BeheMouth, the story of how this incredible bass fishery was created. The release of the book brought some great acclaim from fishing industry experts and writers, but also from readers who are not fishermen. It also brought unwanted tourism and poachers to the lake. Fortunately, the lake is not fished out yet. In fact, it is teeming with explosive action.
Despite the extremely hot weather and the die-off of most of the feeder trout, bass 10-28 pounds could be seen exploding on threadfin, chub suckers, and bluegill. A couple people had the chance to fish the lake with incredible results. An uncertified Kentucky state record was caught, 18 + pounds, along with many others in the teens. This was just from a few hours of fishing. The world-record bass, Elise, has also been seen twice, so we know she is still alive.
Here is the setup used on the lake to land these huge bass. A Shimano Curado 300E with 60-pound braid and a 20-pound flurocarbon leader. I use a 7’6″ ALL STAR rod that I also use for musky fishing.