March 21, 2014 Share

StriperFun Fishing Report – March 15th

Wow! Has this been about the coldest winter or what?  Although it has been really cold this winter, we have still managed to catch limits of nice Stripers on most days where the fishing continues to remain extremely strong!For the “hearty souls” that have enjoyed the cold weather fishing, the live bait bite has maintained with rods getting yank down hard and nice numbers of heavy fish coming in!

Kabam – Kapow – Kabam – Kapow!!!!! When you are hot you are hot (even when it is freezing!!)

The good news is that the annual “big fish” early spring bite is just a few weeks away! Early spring time is when the largest fish of the year are caught! There is a big Striper out there with “your name on it”! Sign up now to come and get it! Come catch your own wall mount trophy!

Be sure to get your prime spring dates locked in for some tremendous Lake Cumberland Striper fishing!

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

StriperFun Guides

StriperFun Guide Service can handle large groups and corporate outings!

All StriperFun Captains are certified in First Aid and CPR. You can always count on the fact that you, your family and friends will have a safe and fun charter trip!All our Captains are Federal Coast Guard Certified and State licensed, insured and are well trained with years of experience per man!

Everything is provided including clean and roomy boats, all Coast Guard safety equipment, your bait and the most modern rods, reels and fishing equipment!

aptain Jim and all the StriperFun guides will work hard to deliver a fun and safe day of fishing for you and your family!  The following is some information on some of the StriperFun Captains:

Captain Larry Ulmer:

Captain LarryUlmer has been awarded the KY “Master fisherman” designation for having certified records of trophies of multiple species!  Captain Larry applies his broad knowledge and experience to StriperFun Guide Service customers and has fished for trophy Striped Bass and world class Smallmouth Bass on Lake Cumberland for 45 years!!

Captain Larry fishes out of a new customized 21 foot Cobia “cuddy cabin” boat with a 150 horse power Yamaha outboard.  Captain Larry’s boat is equipped with top of the line Humminbird “side scan” sonar & GPS and the most up to date rods, reels & equipment needed to land the mighty Striper!

Captain David Bookout:

Captain David Bookout is a Lake Cumberland legend and is a well known and respected fisherman, having guided on lake Cumberland for the last 25 years.  Captain Bookout has a vast knowledge and wealth of his experience to draw upon, as he charters for StriperFun customers!

Captain David Bookout charters out of a 32 foot cuddy cabin Pro Line boat!  It has twin 225 salt water 225 Mercury engines, cannon down riggers, Humminbird’s largest GPS and fish finder and all USCG required equipment!


The Stripers are now thoroughly entrenched back in to the major creeks (where they will be until late March).  We are fishing the creek bends and current breaks (where the current flow rolls over the creek points or jutting flats). This is where the “hot” action is!


For whatever reason, the food chain in the late winter / early spring tends to “bunch up” at the depth of the thermocline directly out from these “blood red” clay banks.  Such banks may only be 50 to 100 feet long, adjacent to bluff rock channel banks.  I would have to believe that this “rich earth” somehow holds a little more heat or provides an extra dose of nutrients that the plankton and algae like. The bait fish eat the plankton and algae and the entire process of life and death occurs etc.

All I can tell you is that this technique works!



Provided by Captain Jim Durham
Owner StriperFun Guide Service,

DATE OF REPORT: February 15, 2014
• Latest water temperature: 39.6° F surface (Cumberland River – spillway) February 12, 2014
• Latest water temperature: 40.4 ° F surface (Indian Creek) February 14, 2014
• Latest water temperature: 39.8 ° F surface (Main Lake) February 10, 2014

Currently, the lake level is right at 691.10 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 34 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!