Nolin River Lake is a reservoir in Edmonson, Grayson, and Hart counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Nolin River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963.The Nolin River dam was authorized in 1938 as part of a flood control act. The lake varies from 2,890 acres (11.7 km˛) in the winter to 5,795 acres (23.5 km˛) in the summer. Nearby attractions include Mammoth Cave National Park, Nolin Lake State Park, Moutardier Resort and Marina, and Wax Marina.
Recent rains have lowered the surface temps at Nolin into the upper 70's. Bass fishing is picking up as well. Good numbers of spotted bass are biting topwater baits, spinner baits and small crankbaits off rocky banks. Largemouth are taking jigs, plastics and crankbaits in the creeks. Shad or bluegill pattern crankbaits have been most productive. Plastics in the melon/red flavor have been good. Shaky heads have been productive with finesse worms, craws and tubes. White spinnerbaits in 3/16 oz. are most productive as are prop baits for spots. The lake is at summer pool with draw down to begin in mid October.
The surface temps remain in the mid 80's at Nolin. Fishing is fair. bass are taking plastics and jigs around 15 feet. Channel banks and bends have been holding good numbers of fish. Crankbaits have been productive off points. Crappie and white bass fishing is slow. As the water cools, expect fishing to improve quickly over the next few weeks.
White bass fishing appears to be the best bet this week. Try casting spoons and spinners into the jumps early and late in the day when the lake is calm. Bass fishing has shifted to the night bite. Plastics and jigs have been producing around 15 feet off points and steep banks. Walleye fishing is always a challenge. Trolling shad pattern crankbaits seems to be the best bet. Nolin is at pool, clear and in the low to mid 80's.
Lake temperatures are in the mid 80's and fishing activity has shifted to the typical early morning, late evening and at night. Largemouth are biting topwater baits in scattered jumps. Plastics and jigs are catching fish from deeper banks at around 15 feet. Melon/red is a popular flavor with the fish. White bass are taking spinners and spoons in scattered jumps. Bluegill are biting good on meal worm/popeye combinations. Cats are taking liver and prepared baits from rocky banks late and at night. Try using a 1/0 circle hook to increase your rate of hook-ups.
Bass fishing has slowed a bit as the larger fish are in a post spawn transition period. Good numbers of fish up to three pounds are still being caught. Plastics and jigs fished around 10 feet deep off points are working well. Green pumpkin, brown and melon appear to be the flavors of the week. The topwater bite early and late is good. The lake is at summer pool, clear and around 80 degrees.
Bass fishing is still very good. Melon, brown and pumpkin jigs tipped with a craw are putting several good fish in the boat. Plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are also productive. Points and docks appear to be holding the most fish. Bluegill fishing is getting better. Main lake bluffs and shady pockets are producing best. Try a popeye jig tipped with a meal worm under a pear bobber at 3 to 5 feet. The lake is clear, at pool and in the mid 70's.
Surface temps are in the mid 70's with the lake being clear and near summer pool. Bass fishing continues to be good. Jigs in watermelon and brown have been successful. Plastic worms and creature baits are catching bass. Floating worms fished around docks are also picking up some fish. Most fish are being caught off main lake points. Crappie fishing is slow. Bluegill fishing is getting better each day. A popeye jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a pear shaped bobber works well. I have not seen much bedding activity as of yet.
Bass fishing continues to be very good. Numbers of quality fish are being caught on shad pattern crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and plastics. Main lake points are most productive right now. Plastics in melon/red and browns appear to be a winner. Crappie fishing is slow. Bluegill fishing is heating up with some quality fish being caught off gravel banks, bluffs and in pockets. Popeye jigs with wax worms are working great. Fish these about 3 feet deep under a pear bobber. The lake is clear, stable, around summer pool and near 70 degrees.
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