Hey guys and gals! I hope you all had a great New
Years, as we all did. We went out to eat with some
friends and made it home just in time for the ball
drop in New York. I am glad I live in KY. Too many
people in New York!
I would like to thank all the people we have taken
out this past year. I'm glad we got to spend time
with you and your family. I want to thank all of
our repeat customers who, throughout the years, we
have become true friends. As for all of our new
folks, we thank you for giving us a try and hope
to see you back again.
As everyone knows from the last several days, we
have been in the deepest freeze that we have
experienced in several years. Monday was one of
the coldest days I can remember. The wind was
blowing 15-25+ mph out of the northeast. I cannot
remember the exact windchill. I've never seen the
water look like it did on east side of lake,
consisting of swells, foam, fog, and crazy waves.
Even in all of its freezing wildness, there was
such beauty beyond belief.
This harsh weather has caused a natural shad kill
since the water temps are dropping so much. I
started fishing below the KY Dam when I was 12
years old with my dad and granddad. Now, I am 62
years old, and I have always heard discussions
about whether the shad kill is good or bad for
fishing. Many people have different opinions about
what happens when we loose large numbers of thread
fin and yellow tails just before fishing season.
Through the years, fishermen below the dam think
it hurts, because of fewer bait fish to dip. But
those above the dam think that without as much
natural bait, the fishing improves. I worked for
TVA Shawnee Steam Plant for thirty years. There
was a magic number when the temperature stays in
the teens for several days. Our intake system
pulled water from the Ohio River, and it was hard
to believe how many dead shad and small minnows
got sucked into our boiler system. They were then
released through our discharge system back into
the river, making the catfishing tremendous. I
guess what I am trying to say is that in some
ways, losing bait fish is good, and in some ways,
it is not. It all goes back to Mother Nature. So
far, the cold has taken its course, and it will
begin to warm up soon.
I really have not talked to anyone who has fished
in the last several days, but it looks like we
have a pretty good warm-up on its way. We will be
fishing and/or putting out brush as soon as the
As everyone knows, I am a bird nut. Recently,
Local 6 News showed several bald eagles near KY
Dam dive bombing dead shad and chasing coots. That
let's us know that these beautiful birds are
coming back to north end of Kentucky Lake, as we
have often witnessed. This is a great time to
visit and view the eagles from both sides of the
lake. Also, do not forget to feed the little
birds, as they have had a harsh several days
trying to find food and a place to water. Not all
are accustomed to drinking out of the lake, so
they are changing their patterns.
If you get bored or catch cabin fever, Moors is
open year round. And remember spring is right
around the corner! Make your reservations now for
spring fishing! It is filling up fast!
Stay Warm and Happy Fishing!