I've been fishing Lake Cumberland every spring since 1992 and we always stay at Grider Hill. We've always concentrated our fishing between the dam and just above Beaver and Otter creeks. Where we fish depends on the water temp and where we find the most shad. Sometimes we're on the main lake and sometimes we're as far back into the creeks as we can get. We typically go between the second week of April to the first week of May. Our preference is to fish from Dusk to Dawn, however, if the night bite is off, we'll use live bait and catfish for them on the main lake flats that are close to the channel. The past few years the average weight seems to be much better. We've been catching a good many fish in the high 20's to mid-30's. Last year one of our group got a 45 pounder, on a red fin, down near the dam. Dang thing looked more like an Old Hickory fish than a cumberland fish. It's belly was just huge. Grider got lots of pictures so I expect to see them next spring. We fish with a variety of lures, including: red fins, slivers, rapalas, soft jerkbaits, etc. However, our favorite is the old 7" bango lure made by bagley. You can still get them but you have to special order them in bulk. I think the minimum order is something like 14 dozen but I'll have to check with my friends...it may only be 12 dozen. The last four years, one of my friends has been making bango replicas on his muzzleloader jig. We've been pounding them on the homade baits. I doubt we'll bulk order any more from Bagley. We've found the best way to night fish is to parallel the bank. You should see the sides of our boats after a week on the lake. They are scratched from front to back because we fish so close. The live bait fishing during the day is typcally on slowly slopping flats that are really close to the main channel or a steep drop off. We catch them right in the middle of the day with the sun beating down in less than fifteen feet of water. But we believe the key is there is always good structure close and deep water. We just use catfish rigs for the live bait: about a 1/2oz barrel sinker above a swivel and about an 18" leader and a circle hook just behind the shad's dorsal.