Be sure to check out the hunting and fishing resources we’ve provided below for more information about all that London – Laurel County has to offer.
Laurel River Lake offers shallow brush, deep shoulder, man-made structure, and cove fishing to entertain a variety of species of freshwater fish. The deep waters and underwater vegatation allow for fishing from the coldest to warmest months of the year. Fishing for black bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill and catfish is excellent. Night fishing for trout is also popular during the summer months. The Department of Fish and Wildlife provides annual reports of expected fishing conditions to allow for planning a successful trip.
The best fishing can be had during a light rain or low-ceiling overcast days. The clear waters of Laurel Lake make it difficult to catch large trophy fish during the summer months, and bright sunny days. The best time for the largest catch is early in the spring and later in the fall. The Lake has already produced some of the largest smallmouth bass in the state! Fish around the underbrush and mid-lake underwater rock formed islands to hook-up to either the the well known smallmouth bass or Kentucky spotted bass. You’ll want to use baits that mimic local smallmouth prey. The pearl grub is one of the local favorites for imitating the threadfin shad. Smallmouth also feed on crayfish, gizzard shad, and even alewives. Although the lake can be a challenge, it has continuted to produce smallmouth that are easily over 6lbs. We like to consider Laurel River Lake as a quality producing lake, rather than a quatinty lake. Since you may not catch your total limit, but the fish you do catch are usually monsters! Come out and beat your personal record for smallmouth at Laurel Lake!
Phone: 606-878-6900 or 800-348-0095
The lake is available for public access with a low rise boat ramp and local bait shops to provide a seamless fishing experience. Locals find that night fishing for catfish won’t leave you going home empty handed. Since it is not a widely known tourist attraction, the waters are often smooth as glass, with only an occasional fisherman passing by. If you are planning an overnight stay, the lake offers several rental sites including cabins on the waterfront.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) fisheries biologists have sampled Wood Creek Lake each spring for some time. In 2004, the KDFWR began sampling the lake in the fall. Biologists complete their fishing survey on bass in the fall to get an indication of the spring’s year-class.
Largemouth bass really relate to the thermocline during summer and will usually hover just above it. Anglers can have the best success by fishing right above the thermocline, which probably will be somewhere around 15 feet deep at this time of year. There are two arms at the upper end of Wood Creek Lake. One starts near the boat dock. There is a lot of timber in these arms and bass can usually be found close to this and other woody structure.
Anglers can usually find bass much shallower during the early-morning hours. As the sun intensifies and penetrates the water, bass will move deeper. Many anglers switch to night-fishing at Wood Creek Lake during the hottest time of the year. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms are favorite choices in and around the timber and woody structure. Deep- water anglers will often throw crankbaits that resemble shad. The main forage base for largemouth bass at Wood Creek is gizzard shad.
Although largemouth bass are the most prevalent, there is also a small population of smallmouths in the lake as well. The density of smallmouths at Wood Creek is fairly low, but usually those fish caught are of decent size. It’s not uncommon for seasoned anglers to hook smallmouths here in the 18- to 20-inch range.
Phone: 1- 800-858-1549
If you want to brush up on your archery skills for the upcoming hunting season, or just practice for one of the many tournaments offered at Full Draw throughout the year, then this is the place for you. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you on the range sometime between Mar.1st and Oct. 31st