The 37th annual Spring Bass Classic – sponsored by Coca-Cola – will be held Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Beech Lake, Piney Lake and Pin Oak Lake in Henderson County.

Entry fee: $50. Add $10 to the Big Fish pot, and the winner is guaranteed $1,000.

Registration will be held at 5:30 a.m., Saturday, at Tbird’s Pizzeria & Grille, 496 W. Church St. in Lexington.

For more information, call “EasyEdd Burke (731) 695-1654.

Fishing Report

Gibson County Lake

Water temperature: mid 50s.

  • Bass: “A lot of smaller bass are being caught shallow on lipless cranks,” Trenton’s Brent Smith said. “Bigger bass are staying in or close to deep water, but close to the top around timber and points.”

Best for bait? Try plastics and cranks – fished very slow.

Pickwick Lake

Water temperature: 50 degrees. Elevation: 410 feet.

  • Bass: With the weather changing it has been hard to pattern bass over the last week, but with the information we’ve received, some fishermen are actually catching more fish during the colder days.

Crawfish colored Strike King Series 3, 4 & 5 crankbaits seem to be the first choice of baits, although jerk baits seem to be snagging quite a few quality bass.

Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley

Water temperature: 51 degrees early, 57 in the afternoon when the sun is present. Water level: Lakes are clearing at winter pool, 354.2 feet, and steady.

Don’t forget – winter pool is five-feet lower than normal and you need to stay in the marked buoy lines.

  • Bass: “They are definitely on the move,” Darrell Van Vactor said. “Bass are moving quickly towards the backs of the bays with several really good fish being caught as shallow as three-feet in the smaller bays, mainly on the east side of Kentucky Lake.”

Darrell, the president/CEO of Outdoor Promotions, Inc., in Benton, Kentucky, said in the larger bays, the movement is more visible half way in the back areas of the bays and the fish are egged up and heavy.

“Shallow fish are hitting June Bug finesse worms and jigs with a plastic trailer,” Darrell said. “Deeper fish are doing better on cranks and jerk baits and a few fish are still being caught on A-rigs.”

Darrell recommends you watch for the darker banks later in the morning for “Some big fish action … the fish are heavier right now than at any other time of the year.”

  • Crappie: “Crappie continue to be the success story at both Kentucky and Barkley lakes,” Darrell said. “They are hitting well in the larger bays in 14-to-20-feet cover by vertical jigging red/chartreuse tube jigs and by casting the banks where rock and pea gravel are present using a Jenko Fry Daddy in “whatchamacallit” color or “bluegrass.””

Darrell said when casting, he is using a 1/16-to-1/8-ounce pink head. Vertical jigging, Darrell continues to use the 5/32-to-1/4-ounce chartreuse heads.

  • Catfish: “They are feeding well in the deeper areas of the main channel on cut baits and whole yellowtail shad,” Darrell said. “Some good numbers of blue cat are showing up in the two-to-four-pound range.

(PHOTO: Gibson County Lake)

David Thomas, Twitter – @DavidThomas@WNWS

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