Hello once again to all of our Kentucky Lake, and Moors Resort fans. Duck season is over, our wounds are healing from the spankings they gave us, the decoys are cleaned and stored, so it is time to get ready for fishing. Don, Eric, and myself hope all of you are doing well, and we felt the need to touch base and let you know what has been going on in preparation for the upcoming spring Crappie season.
Most recently what has been taking place has been rain, rain, and more rain. The Tennessee, Cumberland, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers are all in serious flood mode. Local towns and residents are fighting the water with sand bags, and pumps. The Ohio at Cairo, Paducah, and the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau are forecast to crest on March 2nd. The crest prediction for Paducah is at 53.5 feet with flood stage being 40 feet. Kentucky lake is forecast to reach 363.8 by next weekend with outflows exceeding 300,000 cfs for the foreseeable future. Fishing is important to all of us, but becomes insignificant when peoples lives, and property are at stake. The rain and floodwaters are out of our control, but we can control saying some prayers that the rain will subside, people will remain safe, and any destruction will be minimal.
While on the subject of control, I want to take a minute and discuss a few things. First, things guides cannot control: weather, wind, temperature, water fluctuations, the cycle of a fishery, whether fish decide to bite during the time we are on the water, etc. etc.. What we can control is effort, professional treatment, preparation, and honesty just to mention a few that come to my mind. Anyone that thinks a fishing guide just hops in a boat, leaves the dock with customers, and goes out and catches fish is misinformed. We all spend a lot of time working on our equipment keeping it in working order. We spend countless hours looking for new spots, and fish for our customers. If we are not guiding we are fishing sometimes going hours without a bite just hoping to find that one new area that will reward a customer by having a trip to remember. Please do not misunderstand me, I am not complaining. This is our job, and we enjoy doing what we do. While it is not always rainbows and unicorns, the days when a plan all comes together, and you see the smile on someones face when they catch their first 2 pound Crappie, it makes it worth it!!
In recent days when the weather was suitable , we have been involved in our yearly chore of sinking brush piles to take our customers looking for a Crappie. The work is hard,but we have a good time doing it together, and then when we are able to catch some fish as a result of the work we reap the benefits. We always try to put our structure in different areas of the lake, at various depths, and for different wind directions. We have brush in the main lake, bays, creek channel ledges, flats, deep banks, and spawning banks. These locations give us various options to try under different situations dictated by things like the seasonal movements of Crappie, and water level fluctuations. When you fish with us if we are not finding them in one spot, we are going to look at another one. We may not always find as many fish as we want, but it will not be for lack of effort.
Another option that we will be able to explore if you fish with Don is long line trolling crank baits and jigs. Over the winter he had his boat rigged out, and he is ready to go. On a day when it may not be going on with our brush, he has another option to explore. Some of you folks may just want to explore this exclusively as your method to look for fish. There is nothing like being able to throw the kitchen sink at the fish.
Spring Crappie season is right around the corner. I cannot think of a better place to stay when visiting the Kentucky Lake area than Moors Resort. Moors has everything a person could want while they vacation. Some of those to mention would be a full service marina, boat ramps, a restaurant and bar, and a playground for kids. Be sure to visit their website for more details, or give them a call at 270-362-8361. While staying in this area there are a lot of things to see and do other than fish. In the last two days I have seen more than one eagle at close range, waterfowl, pelicans, and loons. Nearby Land Between the Lakes has hiking trails , an Elk and Bison Prairie, and the Woodlands Nature Station just to mention a few attractions.
For anyone wanting to hire a guide to do some fishing give us a call. We have a lot of open dates at this time, so take advantage while you can. While I would never be as bold to make promises to you about catching fish, I can promise some of the things I mentioned earlier like honesty, professional treatment, effort, and preparation. We would like nothing more than to get to meet you, spend time on the water, and hopefully put you on some Kentucky Lake Crappie. Dons cell is 270-559-1366 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell is 270-331-3519 and email is email@example.com. Eric can be reached at 270-816-3102. Feel free to call, text, or email us at anytime. You can also check us out on Facebook, and reach us that way. Please visit, like,and share our page.
Thanks and God Bless,
Chris, Don, and Eric
The Big Kahunas Guide Service