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ronald

Pikeville, KY

#1 Jul 21, 2009
i have fished at this lake ad it is beautiful and there are some big fish there
noo

United States

#2 Jul 21, 2009
ronald wrote:
i have fished at this lake ad it is beautiful and there are some big fish there
u must have been cracked out
Mike

Hurley, VA

#3 Aug 21, 2011
Today was my first time at Fishtrap Lake, and Iíve come to a few conclusions. Fishtrap Lake is shocking. If you visit this lake, youíll surely remember it for a long time. Iíve fished many lakes, but never one with such abundance.

Many Eastern Kentuckians know Fishtrap by its unfortunate nickname,ďTrash Trap Lake.Ē Having never fished the lake before today, I presumed this was an exaggeration. It was not. Much of the lake is literally covered with plastic bottles, Styrofoam containers, and other miscellaneous household garbage. The density of floating debris is astounding. In some areas, a frog could literally hop from one shore to the other without getting his feet wet.

To the short sighted, this would seem to be a failure of the Army Corps of Engineers or the KY State Park System. But I submit this is a failure of the local culture and the regionís general ignorance of ecology. Even the most Herculean clean up program canít resolve that. As long as watersheds south of the lake continue to be polluted, Fishtrap Lake will surely collect and display the evidence. As such, I say itís beneficial to let the trash keep floating. More people need to see the shameful disaster at Fishtrap Lake.

If you can look past the bobbing brigade of cole slaw containers and sports drink bottles, youíll soon see that Fishtrap Lake is loaded with fish. The lake has huge schools of baitfish which move around (near Grapevine) in 20 ft. wide broiling balls. Iíve never seen baitfish in this concentration anywhere Iíve ever fished, except for in the ocean. About 20 minutes before dark, Hybrid Striped Bass began attacking the baitfish. Iíd never witnessed ďthe jumpsĒ before; it was quite a sight to behold. I wasnít able to entice any with my silver crankbait, but countless 2-5 lb. fish were literally leaping out of the water right in front of me. Iíll be back to try again.

I only had a few hours, so this was basically just a scouting day. I spent the early part of the evening just casting along the shores. Crappie and Largemouth Bass seemed to hit anything I threw at them (small ones). I even picked up a decent Channel Cat on a green and white Rattletrap (seriously). Iíve never been to a lake where both my graphs beeped so much that I had to put them on mute. Fishtrap has some great potential. In spite of the abundant debris in the water, I believe Fishtrap has an abundant fish population too. I canít wait to go back and get serious about boating fish.

Other notes. The boat ramp was really slippery and slimy. If you back in too far, you could easily sink a vehicle at the Fishtrap ramp when loading/unloading your boat. Be careful not to back down any further than you absolutely have to, and donít rely on your emergency brake (your rear tires will be in the slime). Just a tip.

Best of luck. See you at Fishtrap ... after I update my tetanus shot!
Mike

Hurley, VA

#4 Aug 21, 2011
Today was my first time at Fishtrap Lake, and Iíve come to a few conclusions. Fishtrap Lake is shocking. If you visit this lake, youíll surely remember it for a long time. Iíve fished many lakes, but never one with such abundance.

Many Eastern Kentuckians know Fishtrap by its unfortunate nickname,ďTrash Trap Lake.Ē Having never fished the lake before today, I presumed this was an exaggeration. It was not. Much of the lake is literally covered with plastic bottles, Styrofoam containers, and other miscellaneous household garbage. The density of floating debris is astounding. In some areas, a frog could literally hop from one shore to the other without getting his feet wet.

To the short sighted, this would seem to be a failure of the Army Corps of Engineers or the KY State Park System. But I submit this is a failure of the local culture and the regionís general ignorance of ecology. Even the most Herculean clean up program canít resolve that. As long as watersheds south of the lake continue to be polluted, Fishtrap Lake will surely collect and display the evidence. As such, I say itís beneficial to let the trash keep floating. More people need to see the shameful disaster at Fishtrap Lake.

If you can look past the bobbing brigade of cole slaw containers and sports drink bottles, youíll soon see that Fishtrap Lake is loaded with fish. The lake has huge schools of baitfish which move around (near Grapevine) in 20 ft. wide broiling balls. Iíve never seen baitfish in this concentration anywhere Iíve ever fished, except for in the ocean. About 20 minutes before dark, Hybrid Striped Bass began attacking the baitfish. Iíd never witnessed ďthe jumpsĒ before; it was quite a sight to behold. I wasnít able to entice any with my silver crankbait, but countless 2-5 lb. fish were literally leaping out of the water right in front of me. Iíll be back to try again.

I only had a few hours, so this was basically just a scouting day. I spent the early part of the evening just casting along the shores. Crappie and Largemouth Bass seemed to hit anything I threw at them (small ones). I even picked up a decent Channel Cat on a green and white Rattletrap (seriously). Iíve never been to a lake where both my graphs beeped so much that I had to put them on mute. Fishtrap has some great potential. In spite of the abundant debris in the water, I believe Fishtrap has an abundant fish population too. I canít wait to go back and get serious about boating fish.

Other notes. The boat ramp was really slippery and slimy. If you back in too far, you could easily sink a vehicle at the Fishtrap ramp when loading/unloading your boat. Be careful not to back down any further than you absolutely have to, and donít rely on your emergency brake (your rear tires will be in the slime). Just a tip.

Best of luck. See you at Fishtrap ... after I update my tetanus shot!
fish

Pikeville, KY

#5 Aug 21, 2011
i love it

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