We re-visit a familiar friend with this stop at Kentucky's premier largemouth trophy lake: Cedar Creek Lake. However this time we are going to see who can develop the best summertime pattern for the huge largemouth that call this lake home. In the previous two seasons this has been our season opener and the lake has shown us what it can do. The first event here was won by Randy Collins with an impressive 3 fish limit of 59.75". Last year it was won by Ohio native Chase Bateson who beat out 65 other competitors with a total of 55.75" (after deductions). (See Results) This event will provide the opportunity to use summertime patterns for a population of truly trophy sized largemouth and should not disappoint!
Cedar Creek Lake, located near Stanford, KY., is quickly becoming the premiere “big bass” hot spot in the state of Kentucky. This 784-acre lake was built with the specific goal of providing a trophy bass lake to anglers of all kinds. The reservoir is closely managed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) to provide the best quality fishing and habitat to produce trophy fish. Despite having been filled only a little over 10 years ago, the lake is already producing near-state-record sized largemouth bass, with some bass weighing 9+lbs already having been pulled from its waters. There has even been word from the KDFWR that a couple of largemouth close to 15lbs were measured during their most recent survey.
Cedar Creek Lake offers a wide variety of fishing structure and habitat, almost to the point of being overwhelming to first-time visitors. The average depth of the lake is approximately 22 ft, with the deepest point reaching almost 60 ft. Standing timber can be found around most of the lake, both directly against the bank, as well as at deeper depths. A large rock dam is located along the northernmost part of the lake. Man-made structure consisting of anchored down trees, packaging tarps, and cement-filled buckets with 5-foot-long sticks protruding from them blanket many of the shallower areas that didn’t already have natural cover. There are no private docks to be found on the lake, as there’s a 300 ft buffer zone surrounding the lake to prevent private land encroachment problems. Species in this lake include Bluegill, Sunfish, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and the new addition of Rainbow Trout by the KDFW, after 12,000 were released in Sept. 2102, with another 9,000 released in Feb. 2013, and another 9,000 trout were released in January of 2015. This event will surely be a great venue and will challenge anglers to find the right bite in the warm July waters, we look forward to seeing you on the lake!
John Sims Boat Ramp-Lower Lake, Charlie Boone Road ends at ramp
Old US 150 Boat Ramp-Middle Lake, Old Highway 150 ends at ramp
Cowan Road Boat Ramp- Upper Lake, Cowan Road ends at ramp
Bank Access along Boone Road off John Sims Road
Highway Fishing Pier located off 1770, West of Crab Orchard
Morning Registration / Afternoon Check-in Hours:
Registration the morning of the tournament will begin at 5:00am at Cedar Creek Lake Outfitters and will close at 5:45am. At 5:45am all anglers will receive their tokens and fishing will commence immediately after that. Afternoon check-in deadline is 2:00pm - every minute after 2:00PM results in a 1" penalty per min. late. All times are EST.