Fishing fun for the whole family at Kentucky Lake
Our first Adventure Finder location to feature is Kentucky Lake. Kentucky Lake is known for it's fishing. Smallmouth, Spotted, Largemouth, White (5lb state record was caught here), and Yellow Bass, Crappie, Sauger, Catfish, you name it. It's 250 square miles of solid outdoor recreation and is about 200 miles/3 hour drive from St. Louis.
Rich Bay from Kick'n Bass has ran his guide service in Benton, Kentucky for years like his grandfather before him. He welcomes visitors to come enjoy all that this lake has to offer. What I noticed about Rich's guide service was the appeal for the entire family. A variety of fish to catch, comfortable accommodations, and an experienced, knowledgeable guide. I reached out to Rich to learn more about why he chose to become a fishing guide and learn more about his story.
1) Tell us your story. How you got into the profession and why you do it?
I love to fish and meet new friends! I have fished my whole life. My goal is to share my lake knowledge and fishing techniques with other fishermen to make your day on the water both fun and rewarding. My greatest satisfaction is seeing happy fishermen and women with a big smile on his or her face.
After 20+ years as a fireman I was blessed enough to retire to my favorite place in the world, Kentucky Lake. Following in my Grandfathers footsteps as a fishing guide is a dream I’ve had since I was a boy and now I’m living my dream!!! And now my grandkids are learning. My goal is to share my lake knowledge and fishing techniques with other fishermen to make your day on the water both fun and rewarding.
2) What's been your favorite experience/fish story you've seen first hand as guide? I'm on the water a lot whether guiding or not, searching for those special areas that attract game fish and finding out the best baits and patterns that work here on Kentucky Lake. I am in the fishing business to pass on things I have learned to you, the angler. Not only will I put you where the fish are, but I will also teach you how and where to use lures and techniques that you may have only read about. Everyday I learn something new, which helps keep my excitement of fishing going.
My favorite story was a family from Louisville, Ky. The dad was a Child head and neck oncologist...tough job. He brought his four children along for a catch whatever bites trip. We fished in a steady rain most of the day. Those kids smiled and laughed and hollered in joy for every fish we caught. One of the most rewarding trips I've ever had!
3) What are the fishing opportunities where you guide on Kentucky Lake? When are the best times for a given species? In March I start spider rigging for Crappies until the water reaches to 50+ degrees. At that temp, I start pulling crankbaits for crappies in the deeper bays. I made this video with Kentucky Afield TV awhile back as an example.
Once May rolls around it's Redear/Bluegill time. When found on their beds there is no better fighting fish...and tasty too! Once June comes in I start casting Steelshad Bladebaits and Ken's Hybrid Spinners for Whitebass and Yellowbass. Then near end of August and beginning of September I switch back to pulling cranks for Crappies. Of course, during all of this fishing, a mixed bag of fish species will be caught. Largemouth, Catfish, Sauger etc.
Paducah, Kentucky is a short 35 minutes or so from Benton where Rich is located. There is plenty to do in town as part of spring break or an extended weekend trip. The kids might enjoy the River Discovery Center where they can learn about the importance of rivers to everyday life, especially in the Midwest.
There's plenty of shopping, dining, and a variety of activities in town for the kids between bowling, paintball, roller skating, movies, equestrian sports and more.
There are plenty of great accommodation options for the whole family in Paducah. A great place to start would be the Holiday Inn. With a very high Traveler Rank on TripAdvisor and their solid reputation, this is a strong one to consider.
Another highly rated option for consideration in Paducah is the Candlewood Suites.
If you want stay in town near Rich, a simple, low-cost option in Benton for a guys-only fishing trip could be the Benton Inn.
To book Captain Rich for your trip to Kentucky Lake, his contact details are below.
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