Not trying to but in, but Laurel has been pretty much hit and miss for me all fall/winter. I've caught alot more trout than SM on the fly this winter as have alot of people i've talked to. I talked with a friend of mine who fishes pretty seriously and fishes Cumberland regularly this past weekend, and he said Cumberland has slowed down some in the past couple of weeks but is still pretty decent. If the drive was equal all things considered i'd say go to Cumberland, although Laurel can produce some big smallies like the one Milkshake's partner boated the other day.
Catfan Sorry about the delayed reply I've been woking quite a bit. If you're traveling a bit and Cumberland is closer to you or about the same as Laurel. I'd suggest Cumberland it's a much better lake to fish. Laurel is slow about all the time anymore. Yes there are some real nice Smallies in there still but becoming harder and harder to come by. Cumberland is slow right now also from what I've heard. I know some guys who have been pre-fishing for the BFL tx coming up on the 23 of Feb.
Another sugestion if your f-n-f fish'n and the Hollow isn't but 30 or 40 min farther away. IT would be my first choice for the Smallies. But if you go to cumberland and wanting to smallie fish. Fish the lower end and stay on main lake points. If you go to Laurel stay around Hollybay bay( more or less the dam) area of the lake. That is where your best chance to get a big Smallie will be. That is where the most stable water will be this time of year.
Thanks Otis and Milkshake. I live in Berea and the travel time to Laurel and Cumberland is about the same. If this rain breaks I may try Cumberland this weekend. The cold is a little harder to take when its raining.
Anyway,thanks for the advice and I'll update if I get a chance to go.
Hey, Milkshake how'd you come out at Woods Creek the other day? Is the water back up to normal levels. Last time (back in the Fall), I was down there I had a time gettin the boat on the trailer at the dock. With Spring coming it's gettin time to go to Woods Ck.
Otis I didn't get a single bite. But only fished about 3 hrs if that. Just wanted to get on the water. Woods creek is back to being at it's normal level. So you shouldn't have that problem anymore. Fish must not be biting yet either because not very many have been fishing on the creek at all. But I will be hitting it every chance I get in about 3 or 4 weeks. Once the water starts warming up a little.
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