In October 2021, I had the opportunity to stay at Holmes Bend Marina and crappie fish Green River Lake in Kentucky. Local crappie guide, David Jones put us on fish immediately!
Jones who has fished most of his life has been guiding for the past twenty-one years. He guides full-time on Green River Lake located in south-central Kentucky. The fish we caught were very healthy fish ranging between ten to eleven inches, with some of them pushing twelve inches. We had our limit of twenty crappie, over nine inches in just a few hours of fishing.
I asked Jones what time he normally hit the water with clients and Jones said, “I usually start around daylight and fish until we get a limit or seven to eight hours. I can take one or two people a trip” Jones explained, “I go in and out of Holmes Ben Marina and I recommend for my clients to stay there.” Holmes Bend Resort has great accommodations. Their cabins are fully furnished and within walking distance of the lake. Holmes Bend also has a marina store with a restaurant. Breakfast in the morning was fantastic and when you go, I highly recommend their burgers for lunch.
Like most guides, Jones often gets asked when the best time to book a trip is. “You can catch fish on this lake year-round. I tell everyone that the best time is whenever you can come,” said Jones.” He explained that clients need to bring food and snacks, but he furnishes water for everyone. “I will fish in most conditions except heavy rain, lightning, severe storms, and very cold,” said Jones. “I will work hard to put you on a limit of crappie. While Green River Lake may not be known as a big crappie lake, it does give up a few,” said Jones. The crappie we caught we all perfect eating-sized crappie, between ten and eleven inches. After we were done fishing for the day, we had a group fish fry and they were some of the best tasting crappie I’ve had.
If planning to book a guide trip, Jones mentioned that clients get to keep the fish that are caught and he cleans the fish for them. Clients will just need to bring a cooler for transporting the fillets home. Jones said that he charges $325 for a full day and requires a $50 deposit. However, “If something comes up and they have to cancel, then clients need to call me. No show and no call then I keep the deposit,” said Jones. He also has a catch guarantee, “If we don’t catch your dinner, we will provide you with a free trip,” stated Jones.
Jones sponsors include; Sheffield Financial, Brushpile Fishing, B’n’M Poles, Cornfield Fishing Gear, Leland Lures, Beeready Rod Holders, Newpro Products, Vt2, Kentucky Battery Outlet, Gamma, EZ Drift Trolling Systems, 35line Coolers, Simms, and Bubs Daddy Aerators.
To book a trip visit www.greenriverlakecrappietrips.com or call (270) 634-2675.