Lake Cumberland Striper Fishing Report – 10/22/13
November 4, 2013 Share

Lake Cumberland Striper Fishing Report – 10/22/13

Currently, the lake level is right at 691.83 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 33 feet below the tree line. The tree line is normally at 725' above sea level.  With the repairs finished on the dam, the lake is forecasted to be back at 725' above sea level by next year.  We will see!


It has been 2 ½ weeks since my last report. Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well!

DATE OF REPORT: October 22, 2013

• Latest water temperature: 73.4 ° F surface (Confluence of Beaver and Otter Creek) October 21st, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 73.8 ° F surface (Indian Creek) October 22nd, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 74.1 ° F surface (At the dam) October 22nd, 2013

As a former United States Air Force Airman – military veteran and as a current U.S. Merchant Marine Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Coxswain (Captain), I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women play in our society. Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedom that you do! 

We also cannot forget the duty and service provided by our Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen.

STRIPERFUN OFFERS A 10% DISCOUNT on all charters to currently active Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen as well as to all active military AND retired military veterans (with proper verification ID provided by the person booking the trip).

This is our way of saying “THANKS” to these important men and women for your service.


I am pleased to advise that as an online marine electronics dealer, I am able to offer a one time best price offer on the Humminbird 998 side / down imaging High Definition GPS and fish finder (large 8 inch screen!)!  This unit that normally sells for $2,000.00 nationally everywhere but is now available exclusively through Captain Jim Marine Electronics for only $1,550.00!  

This is a $450.00 23% savings over standard retail pricing! 

Please be advised I only have seventeen (17) of these units left in stock at this price!  This is a short term one time deal – when they are gone that’s it!  Call me ASAP if you want to take advantage of this great deal!


The water is continuing to cool.  With the cold (below freezing in the mornings!) weather scheduled for later this week, the water temperature will begin to drop from the low 70s in to the mid 60 degree range.

The Stripers are now “full throttle” coming to the surface chasing bait fish near the creek mouths in huge schools of hundreds of fish and we are absolutely hammering them on surface plugs and also on my Captain Jim line of lures (more on this below)!  The action gets hot and heavy with Stripers all around the boat inhaling bait fish and blasting the lures!

You can catch them casting on them! Come check it out!  Book a trip with StriperFun and enjoy this special time of year!

The fishing continues to remain extremely strong!  We are also now catching some real nice larger fish!  It is good to see some big fish coming in!

See the photo below of Jack Jacquemin with his huge 3 foot Striper caught “casting the jumps” with me personally!

See also below Chad Coker and his dad who were “first timers” who came out with me and caught some big Stripers!  Oh my gosh, we also lost a major fish that day!   

I always like to see new people coming to the lake and enjoying our wonderful resource!

To see more photos of all the other customer’s limits, click to and scroll down to “recent catches”.

Where the fish are!

The Stripers are now on the main lake (western end of the lake) most days, near the mouths of the major creeks.   However, as the cool weather days hit, they also will occasionally migrate back into the creeks several times a day.  The bottom line is that the schools of fish are moving very fast all over the place.  You need to “hunt” them and good electronics are a must (see above Humminbird information!).

The first thing in the morning and then an hour or two before dusk, the fish are “blasting bait fish” all over the surface in the creek mouths in huge schools of hundreds of fish and we are absolutely hammering them throwing my Captain Jim line of lures (more on this below)! 


 I am please to advise that StriperFun is now a national distributor for Calusa Cracker Cast Nets!

Calusa Cracker Cast nets are the industry’s very best and longest lasting cast nets.  They have no equal.  I still have some of my Calusa Cracker nets from 20 years ago.  They are a super high quality product that deliver for me as a professional fisherman day after day and they can deliver for you as well!

Our best selling cast net is the 8 foot 3/8 mesh net.  This net sells nationally on line at all major sporting goods stores for $220.00.  StriperFun sells this net for only $175.00, saving you $45.00 (20%)!  This deal is simply unbeatable. 

However, there are also other circumstances that call for different kinds and sizes of nets.  There are numerous net and mesh size combinations.  Please call me toll free 866-305-1433 and we can discuss your cast net needs.  I can take your order directly over the phone and the nets are then factory direct shipped within 48 hours.

Do not get caught without your Calusa Cracker Cast Nets!

For more information on “training trips” including the full fishing report, please click over to the StriperFun report at:

Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

Specializing in "Trophy" Striper fishing as the owner of StriperFun Fishing Guide Service and Captain Jim Marine Electronics, Captain Jim Durham is a Kentucky State licensed guide who has fished Lake Cumberland year round for over 48 years. Captain Jim is a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and is the creator of the “Striper Fish like a Pro” instructional DVD series as well as his own line of fishing lures.  Licensed and insured, Captain Jim and Striperfun Guide Service can take you on a safe, fun and unforgettable fishing trip to catch a "Trophy Striper" of a lifetime!  Check out the StriperFun Guide Service website at:, or call Captain Jim at toll free 866-305-1433 or email Captain Jim at: