June 28, 2013 Share

Lake Cumberland Striper Fishing Report – 6/26/13

Currently, the lake level is right at 704.4 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 21 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 late summer.

By Captain Jim Durham

Owner StriperFun Guide Service & Captain Jim Lures
Staff Writer for fishin.com

DATE OF REPORT: June 26th, 2013

• Latest water temperature: 78.1 ° F surface (Confluence of Beaver and Otter Creek) June 25, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 77.9 ° F surface (Indian Creek) June 26, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 77.8 ° F surface (North Shore by the dam) June 25, 2013


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

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 freedoms 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.


The fishing continues to be simply tremendous!  Same story day after day! The planer boards and down lines getting “viscously” slammed and the rods being bent over double with the rod tips buried in the water!

Bam! Bam! Kapow!  What a blast!

I recently had the great pleasure of taking fishing Mr. Jim Figuerado, owner of Grider Hill Resort Marina.  I have enjoyed getting to know Jim in the short time StriperFun has moved to Grider Hill and I figured it was time I got him out on the water and into the Stripers.

Well, I can tell you the big fish did not disappoint!  

We went up on plane at 4:30 am and ran out to the main lake to a favorite spot.  I deployed eight (8) large live baits and we settled in.  It took just a few minutes when it was “Bam! Slam! Kapow!  One rod after another went off!

When the dust settled, we had limited out.  We were back at the dock with the fish cleaned by 6:00 am and had to actually sit and wait an hour for the restaurant to open.  As a side note, Grider Hill’s “on the water” restaurant serves up about the best breakfast you will find anywhere.  Be sure to try it out!

Below is the photo of me and Jim Figuerado with out limit!

Check out the other photos below of other StriperFun clients with great catches!


Where the fish are!

The Stripers are now on the main lake and will remain there until late fall (December).  They are moving quickly!  You may find them holding on the surface in the morning and then in 10 to 45 feet deep (in 100 feet of water) later in the day.  They are in large schools!  The trick is to find the schools!

For more information, please click on to the main StriperFun website to be able to “link” to the full report:


If you have other questions regarding marine electronics or lure suggestions, please call me. 

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 50 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: www.striperfun.com, or call Captain Jim at toll free 866-305-1433 or email Captain Jim at:  captainjim@striperfun.com