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Bluegrass Yakmasters - Cedar Creek Lake 2014 season opener

Written by Tim Dunham
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With one full year under their belts, Bluegrass Yakmasters are back and ready to start their tournament series once again with a big bass showdown at Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford, KY. Last year it took well over 50” to crack the Top Five at Cedar. If that doesn’t get you excited enough, then maybe the chance to win a raffled kayak from HOOK1 will do the trick!

Bluegrass Yakmasters will open the 2014 tournament season at Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford - Kentucky’s premier trophy largemouth lake. This 784-acre lake was built with the specific goal of providing a trophy bass lake to anglers of all kinds. The reservoir is closely managed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and was engineered to provide the best quality fishing and habitat to produce trophy fish. Despite having been filled only a little over ten years ago, the lake is already producing near state record-sized largemouth bass, with some weighing 9+lbs already having been pulled from its waters. There has even been word from the KDFWR that a couple of largemouth close to 15lbs were measured during their most recent survey.

Cedar Creek Lake offers a wide variety of fishing structure and habitat, almost to the point of being overwhelming to first-time visitors. The average depth of the lake is about 22’ with the deepest point reaching almost 60’. Standing timber can be found around most of the lake, both directly against the bank and at deeper depths. A large rock dam is located along the most northern part of the lake. Man-made structure, consisting of anchored down trees, packaging tarps, and cement-filled buckets with 5’ sticks protruding from them, blankets many of the shallower areas that didn’t already have natural cover. There are no private docks on the lake, as there’s a 300’ buffer zone surrounding the lake to prevent private land encroachment problems. With five ramps/access points, kayakers can easily reach almost every nook and cranny that Cedar has to offer.

After an outstanding inaugural 2013 season that saw BGYM average over thirty anglers per event over an eight-event tournament slate, we have lined up what looks to be an even more exciting program this year. Last year’s Open at Cedar Creek Lake drew seventy five anglers and was a huge success, with Randy Collins of Lexington coming away with the win. Randy’s three-fish total of 59.75” edged out second and third place by a mere .25” and earned Randy a $1000 payout. With the Top Five anglers all well over 50” and with five fish caught over 20” at last year’s event, there’s a good chance you may bag an all-time personal best at this tournament. There have been several fish caught well over the 20”mark already this spring, and warmer water is only going to raise expectations for the April 5 event.

This year at Cedar Creek we will once again be raffling off a fishing kayak donated by HOOK1 to one lucky person in attendance. While anyone is eligible to fish in BGYM tournaments in 2014, membership in Bluegrass Yakmasters does have its benefits. Only BGYM members who enter a BGYM tournament will be eligible for prize drawings held at the conclusion of each tournament. All sponsor prizes are to be given away by drawing this year; you do not need to "place" in a tournament to win prizes. Every member who enters a tournament has an equal chance at such great prizes as: HOOK1 swag, Shimano Rods, NRS Chinook PFDs and Tailwater bags, gift certificates from Benchmark and Canoe Kentucky, Rod Glove rod protectors, a Bending Branches paddle, Rod Wraps, Backwater Paddles, lures from Cabin Creek Baits, Slickhead Baits, Beaver Creek Custom Lures, and FINS braid A Hobie “Outback” from Hobie & Quest Outdoors will be given away at the Guist Creek Lake event, and another kayak from HOOK1 will be given away at our final event at Green River Lake in October!

For more information about the Cedar Creek Lake event on April 5, membership, rules etc. please visit our website at: www.yakmasters.com or see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bluegrassyakmasters.

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:24


# YAKuza 2014-03-28 11:09
Great article Tim, this is going to be a can't miss event.

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