July 18, 2013 Share

Lake Cumberland Striper Fishing Report – 7/18/13


It has been 3 weeks since my last report.   Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well!

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DATE OF REPORT: July 18th, 2013

• Latest water temperature: 83.4 ° F surface (Confluence of Beaver and Otter Creek) July 17th, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 82.9 ° F surface (Indian Creek) July 18th, 2013
• Latest water temperature: 83.1 ° F surface (North Shore by the dam) July 17th, 2013

Currently, the lake level is right at 709.60 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 16 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.

Nothing really has changed. The fishing continues to get better and better day after day!  On the days I am fishing live bait the planer boards and down lines are getting “viscously” slammed and the rods being bent over double with the rod tips buried in the water!  However, I am mostly trolling at this point of the year and man, is it paying dividends (more on that below)! 

I recently took vacation thru the July 4th holiday.  What does a fisherman do on his vacation?  Well, you guessed it!  He fishes!

I basically slept in each morning and started fishing late mornings each day.  All I did was troll.  My wife and I caught a limit every day!  We were trolling Captain Jim Special hair jigs (white and chartreuse) both down rigging with my Cannon Digi 5 down riggers and also pulling slide divers.  Every day it was:

Bam! Bam! Kapow!  What a blast!

Check out the photo below of just one of our limits my wife Jerri and I caught!

While on vacation, all my other guides stayed busy with customers.  Check out the photos below of several StriperFun clients with great catches!

I have included in this report (below) an extensive training section on down rigging below, as well as on Slide Divers.  Between now and the end of the year is the “hot” trolling season!  You need to get in on this!


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By Captain Jim Durham
Owner StriperFun Guide Service & Captain Jim Lures

Staff Writer for fishin.com

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