Buckhorn Lake
Current Temperature:
Est Water Temperature:
39° (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
29.75 (Normal)
Wind Speed:
North at 03 Knots (3 MPH)
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Welcome to FishingNotes.com Buckhorn Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Buckhorn Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
Maximum Depth (ft):
Normal Elevation (ft):
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
1-3 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
State Park
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Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Wife and I made our first journey to beautiful Buckhorn State Park in S.E. KY on 4/18 and 19th to hike, fish, and enjoy spring with friends in the foothills. The sites of blooming plants and wildlife lookin for love were wonderful, Lodge food and employees were fantastic, but the fishing was rough. The lake is very high and being drained. No chance to fish the spillway unless you get one of the two spots against the wall. Trout will hit on worm just a few few from shore there but hard to catch do to constant water movement. Of course just a few days ago they were slainin the recently stocked spillway. Use 2 small sinkers, tiny hook, and red worms. Cast 15\' out and hold your pole wait till it twitches! If catching fish is not a goal fishing the calm water in a little creek from a camp ground spot is very relaxing just down from the spillway. We fished flooded waters of the dam boat ramp amongst the moving trash where lots of gar patrol the debris and could be had from you fish bow folks but no real fish wanna be where gar are. We bank fished the flooded Eagle county camp ground with a few nibbles in the ditch along the road. If ya cast far enough ya git 3 points for making into the basketball hoop that is 4\' above the water. As a bonus we saw a feller warsh his truck by driving into the flooded parking lot, npo wax just warshed the bottom third. We fished the state lodge area with a few bites and one lost fish, catfish I presume, deadline using a floating gig and sinker with night crawlers. Apologies to any Canadians who read this, they don\'t like the word night with their crawlers. A few bites on Red or meal worms and bobbers as well. Don\'t be skeered to fish structure such as park benches, electical podiums, bath houses, concrete forms or swing sets. Sometimes ya have to adapt in life. The carp seem to be in heaven with new grassy feeding grounds, I threw a repala, jitterbug, rooster tails, jig heads, and spinners to narry a single hit so you try artificial worm and salty crawls and let me know how it goes. I suspect you will have a better chance. We only saw 6 other folks fishing from shore and a couple in a boat on a good weekend so maybe the locals know something we don\'t or maybe the youngins can\'t git their nose outta the smarty paints phones and computers long enough to see God\'s creations. We enjoyed our weekend there and left our friends for the week if ya wanna go say hey to em.
Buckhorn Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 39 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
Buckhorn Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
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Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 39 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
Buckhorn Lake Crappie Rating:
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- I\'ve been catching crappie 10 to 11 inches in size using minnows. If you can find a bait store that\'s still open get live bait it\'s working best right now for crappie fishing. I\'ve found that the river channel of Buckhorn Lake down near the damn is the best place to catch them.
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Buckhorn Lake Walleye Rating:
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye function very well in the colder water temperatures. Try fishing some open flats and definitely use live bait when the water temperature is this low. Plastics with scent added will also produce results, but nothing beats live bait for walleye.
Buckhorn Lake Catfish Rating:
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Buckhorn Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Buckhorn Lake White Bass Rating:
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- I find it hard to believe the rating is so low for white bass. The white bass are coming off the nest right now and are extremely active anywhere from the opossum bend portion to the low water bridge in the confluence section. Night-crawlers are pretty good, red-worms are better, green stink worms is the best live worm. I find with artificial that I have the best luck with white rooster tail & gold tone medium spinners.
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Buckhorn Lake Striped Bass Rating:
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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!


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