Blues in Taylorsville Lake

Discussion in 'KENTUCKY LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Salty1, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

    Mt. Washington, Ky.
    Biologist Kerry Prather said Taylorsville has a tremendous channel catfish fishery and it has been tremendous since the mid-1980s. Channel catfish rank as the third most popular fish at the lake behind bluegills and white crappie. "There is a lot of standing timber, a lot of structure, and plenty of forage, such as gizzard shad. Spawning has also been good at the lake," the biologist said.

    Another unique opportunity exists at Taylorsville. Some 25,000 blue catfish were stocked in 2002, with 88,000 and 25,000 being stocked the following two years, respectively. Though the lake is dominated by channel catfish now, don't be surprised if the blue catfish population makes some inroads as far as total numbers of catfish.

    The blue catfish stocking has normally been done in three segments each year. The fish stocked have a wide range of sizes -- some as small as 4 to 5 inches. The channel catfish fishery is self-sufficient and receives no supplemental stocking.

    Blue catfish are normally a big-river fish with the exception of Kentucky and Barkley lakes. This stocking program creates a unique situation because fisheries personnel envision a trophy blue fishing opportunity in a reservoir in the heart of the state.

    Blue catfish are very popular with anglers, according to Prather. This catfish inhabits different habitat than that of the channel catfish. It is a live fish feeder and much more prone to be shallow. It can even be caught in open water where it feeds on shad and is sometimes caught by bass and striper anglers out away from the more traditionally believed catfish structure.

    A creel survey conducted in 2003 showed the average size of harvested fish to be 12.1 inches for channel catfish and 16.8 inches for blues. There is also a fair population of flatheads, which showed an average catch size of 23.5 inches. However, this did not include those taken by hand grabbing (noodling), which is very popular at Taylorsville.

    Got this from the Ky Game and Fish website !!!