Lake Cumberland has endured a draw down due to construction on the dam for the last seven years. During this drawdown, there has been abundant growth of trees and brush on the banks and in the backs of coves. As construction has come to an end and the water level is rising back to its normal levels, the lake provides new fishing opportunities - especially for kayak anglers. With more shoreline than the coast of Florida, the lake can seem overwhelming; in the backs of creeks there are flooded trees that make great shelter for fish and ideal areas for kayak anglers to get in where no one else can.
A spring tournament on Lake Cumberland has a lot of potential for big bass. The lake boasts a healthy population of nice smallmouth, a growing population of largemouth, and more spotted bass than you can shake stick-bait at. However, spring time is known for producing strong fronts and heavy rain like we experienced during the event.
Despite the forecast, the tournament drew twenty eight participants who scattered across the lake after an early morning registration at Lilly Creek Ramp. Conditions were great for a couple of hours, and then the rain started. It continued to rain steadily until around check-in time. Estimated rain fall during this time frame was around 2”. Needless to say, everyone was wet - very wet.
While the rain might have made conditions tougher, it didn’t stop the fish from biting. All but five participants turned in fish. Most Yakmasters were able to check in two or three for their three-fish limit. Even though the big girls weren’t out to play, there were some very nice fish caught, including the big fish: a 18.25” largemouth caught by Mark Ferguson (yakangler.com member “inrll”).
The biggest fish of the event is from Mark Ferguson
The club paid out the top five places, and the next six finishers received great prize packages from our sponsors. Here are the top ten finishers:
1st - Drew Russell, 45.5" with a tiebreaker of 17.5" big fish
2nd - Christopher Robinson, 45.5"
3rd - Eric Boggs, 45.25"
4th - Mark Ferguson, 43.5"
5th - Tony Thompson, 42.75"
6th - AJ McWhorter, 41.25" won tiebreaker with 16" fish
7th - Adam Miles, 41.25"
8th - Jason Ransdell, 40.25"
9th - Jay Wallen, 38.25"
10th - Tim Robinson, 37.75"
One of the winning fish from Drew Russell.
The Bluegrass Yakmasters would like to thank all participants for their attendance in less than ideal conditions. We would also like to invite everyone to our next event on Green River Lake on May 18. It is never too late to join the club. New members are not going to be behind in the points race, because the club only counts the placement points from an angler’s best five finishes. With seven more events it is still wide open.
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