Fireworks set around Barren River Lake

There are four fireworks displays scheduled around the Barren River Lake region July 1-4.

July 1
The Citizens First Thunderfest 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, July 1. at the National Corvette Museum. Gates open at 4 p.m. CT. The evening will include live music by Tyrone Dunn & Kinfoke. There will also be a hotdog eating contest. Children’s inflatables will also be available, along with the Kentucky Army National Guard Obstacle Course.
Admission is $20 per carload; $10 wristbands for the children’s inflatables.
All proceeds support local non-profit organizations benefiting children.
The rain date is Sunday, July 2.

July 1
Light Up the Ville (Tompkinsville) is scheduled for Saturday, July 1, at the Tompkinsville City Park. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, with fireworks scheduled for dark. There will be BBQ, music and fireworks.
Admission is free.

July 4
The Friends of Barren River Lake annual July 4 fireworks over Barren River Lake is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, at 9 p.m. CT, at Barren River Lake State Park. The day will start with the band, The Beard Brothers, at the park’s Sunset Cove Beach from 3-6 p.m. Big Joes DJ Service will be playing tunes on the hill next to the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge from 6 p.m., until the fireworks. Concessions will also be available throughout the day.
Admission is free. Beach parking is $10 and opens at 2 p.m.
Rain date is July 5.

July 4
Scottsville will host fireworks Tuesday, July 4, at 9 p.m. CT, at the Dumont Hill Park, off West Cherry and North Bedelia streets. Gates open at 4 p.m. Hotdogs, chips and Chaney’s Dairy Barn ice cream will be available.
Admission is free.

Steenbergens win 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament

Team Steenbergen (Ryan, Jesse, Derek and Randy Steenbergen) won the 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament Saturday. Team Steenbergen weighed in a 34.9 lbs. catfish.

Team Steenbergen (Ryan, Jesse, Derek, and Randy Steenbergen) won the 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament Saturday with a catfish weighing 34.9 lbs.
Ryan said that the team weighed in two catfish before finding the winning catfish near Baileys Point Campground.
Six teams competed in the tournament. Eleven catfish were weighed in totaling 251.01 lbs.
Noodlers began fishing at 6 a.m., Saturday with weigh-in at 3 p.m., at Haywood Shooting Supply. Teams were only allowed to use natural fishing methods; no hooks, scuba gear or nets.
Noodlers were allowed to fish only Barren River Lake or any creek or tributary of Barren River Lake, by boat or bank.
1. Team Steenbergen (A), 34.9 lbs. $1,000.
2. Team Farmer, 29.53 lbs., $500.
3. Team Spillman, 27.8 lbs., $300.
4. Team Jones/Duvall, 25.37 lbs., $200.
5. Team Steenbergen (B), 23.86 lbs., $138.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris

Wyatt Price caught this big bass on Barren River Lake.

Hello my fishing friends. I hope everyone has had a pleasant spring filled with big fish.
Barren River Lake is starting to recede. It is almost back down to summer pool. However, with the rains from tropical story Cindy, it is expected to rise again.
Bass are out deep on long points in the main lake general summer time patterns have began to emerge. Big worms, Carolina rigs, Jigs, and shaky heads all are producing.
Crappies are 10 to 15 feet deep on brush. On sonar you can spot them pretty easy. They look like a Christmas tree of fish.
Catfish are finishing up the spawn and can be found near bluffs on transition banks.
Hybrid should be firing up around the islands.
Week before last was filled with fishing in preparation for the TH Marine BFL FLW tournament, to which I took a good shellacking. Win lose or draw, I always feel successful if I learn something and I did learn. Keeping the faith and grinding through is  a very important thing. Building momentum can be frustrating; the only way to do it is to fish.  You cannot build anything sitting on the couch.
Young anglers out there keep trudging. You will never know everything about fishing. You can always learn if you pay attention.
I like everyone else can get frustrated during a tournament and the bad thing is once that happens it can create a domino effect. The wheels come off; you have a mental break down. That is momentum you don’t want to create.
When I feel the old panic mode set in I try and remember to slow down. When I become frustrated I naturally speed up as the aggravation makes my adrenaline come up.
My partner last week was Tim Leek from Bowling Green.  About 20 minutes from weigh in, he lost an absolute Barren River Lake monster, right at the net.
It upset me more than it did him. I expressed how sorry I was about it getting away and he just shrugged and said it happens kid.  If I had been Mr. Leek I would have lost my mind. Which brings me to my lesson.
We caught fish all day; they were not the right fish. The important thing was I had a partner I enjoyed being out with. We saw the sun rise on Barren River Lake. We fished all day in God’s creation. It was a great tournament.
Don’t get so caught up in the competition that you miss all the blessings around you.
That is what I have done the week following the tournament. I have reflected, I have prayed, I have been still, and focused on what God showed me. That has helped get my mind back on track, and ready for the next tournament. I had to remind myself to rest even God takes a day off.
I want to close with something I told my son. Do something you love, because you are the one who has to live with it. The greatest thing in the universe is love. Love long, love hard, and laugh often. Don’t worry about what you can’t change, always work to be better. Be open, be patient, be kind and trust God.
God Bless each of you may you fill the live wells this weekend.

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Barren River Lake Fishing Touraments

Barren River Lake will host three bass tournaments and a noodling tournament this weekend, June 24-25.
However, with the forecast heavy rains, fishermen should check with sponsors about the tournaments.
Saturday, June 24
The Barren River Fishing League Co-Ed Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. The OPEN tournament is will takeoff at 6 a.m. CT, from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramps, with weigh-in set for 2 p.m., at the ramps.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at or call 270-618-1436.
Saturday, June 24
The Green River Bass Club will sponsor a tournament on Saturday, June 24. This CLOSED tournament is scheduled to takeoff at 6 p.m. CT, from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramps, with weigh-in set for 2 p.m., at the ramps.
For more information, contact Kim Clark at or 270-572-3778.
Saturday, June 24
The 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. This is an OPEN tournament. Noodlers may not enter the water until 6 a.m. CT, with weigh-in at 3 p.m. CT, at Haywood Shooting Supply on Scottsville Road in Glasgow. For more information, contact the Haywood Shooting Supply at 270-646-4015.
Sunday, June 25
The Bluegrass Bass Club is sponsoring Event 6 on Barren River on Sunday, June 25. The CLOSED tournament is scheduled for 6:20 a.m. CT, at the Barren River Lake State Park Ramp, with weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at the ramp.
For more information, contact Gary Lloyd at or call 502-6664-5681.

POYC announce three annual regattas

The Port Oliver Yacht Club has announced dates for three of its annual regattas.
June 24-25 : Summer Solstice / Glow Regatta.
July 2: Herb Siewert Memorial Yankee Doodle Regatta.
July 14-15: (rescheduled) Karl Millen Regatta.

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant offering new services

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant is offering visitors several new food services.
In addition to the restaurant’s regular breakfast menu, lunch and dinner menus and buffets, the restaurant is now offering Room Service to guests at the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge and Picnic carryouts.
Breakfast Room Service
The Driftwood Restaurant offers a lodge room service breakfast menu from 8- 10 a.m. each morning. The menu includes a Bluegrass Platter (eggs, potatoes, meat and biscuits or toasts), The BLT, Breakfast Biscuit, Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuit and Gravy, Grilled English Muffin, and an assortment of beverages.
Lunch and Dinner Room Service
The restaurant offers a lunch and dinner lodge room service menu from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. every day. The menu offers Appetizers (Cheese Curds, Buffalo Strips, Wings, and Blooming Onion), Sandwiches (Park Burger, Club, Grilled Chicken Breast, Chicken Wrap, Catfish Sandwich), and an variety of drinks.
Picnic Menu
Driftwood Restaurant also gives visitors a menu for their picnic in the park or wherever. The Picnic Menu is available daily from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and only available for pick-up to go. To avoid a wait, call at least one hour in advance.
Barren River Family Special (8 pieces of Southern Fried Chicken, 1 pint of Baked Beans, 1 pint of Mashed Potatoes, 1/2 pint of brown gravy, 1 pint of Coleslaw or Potato Salad, and 4 biscuits).
Large Barren River Family Special (12 pieces of Southern Fried Chicken, 2 pints of Baked Beans, 2 pints of Mashed Potatoes, 1 pint of brown gravy, 2 pints of Coleslaw or Potato Salad, and 6 biscuits).

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournament

Barren River Lake will host one bass tournament this weekend, June 17-18.
Saturday, June 17
The Barren River Fishing League will host an OPEN tournament on Saturday June 17.
Take off is scheduled for 6 a.m., from Port Oliver Recreation Area ramps, with weigh-in set for 2 pm. at Port Oliver.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at or call 270-618-1436.

Catfish are cavity spawners in June and can be caught with practically any bait

By Lee McClellan, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources 
Channel catfish spawn in Kentucky mainly in June.
“They are cavity spawners,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “You often find them near riprap or chunk rock.”
Riprap consists of cantaloupe-sized rock used to protect the face of dams, bridge abutments and marinas from erosion caused by the pounding of waves. A 3/8-ounce slip-sinker rig with a 4/0 circle hook is a good choice for catfish when fished on or near riprap or areas of chunk rock lining the banks.
A slip-sinker rig consists of an 18-inch fluorocarbon or monofilament leader with the circle hook on one end. Tie the other end of the leader to a barrel swivel. After threading the main line coming from your rod through an egg sinker followed by a glass bead, tie the main line to the open loop of the barrel swivel.
A circle hook prevents gut hooking catfish. Resist the temptation to set the hook, simply reel in slack line until you feel the catfish swimming and keep your rod tip high. The catfish will hook itself in the side of the mouth with a circle hook.
“Hot dogs, shrimp, chicken liver or beef liver, channel catfish will eat practically anything,” Ross said. “I like chicken liver best for channels.”
Ross also said any cavity near a root wad or stump also holds channel catfish in June on our lakes and reservoirs.
The many creeks coursing through Kentucky hold surprising numbers of channel catfish. Those with rocky bottoms and water at least chest deep are best.
Undercut banks are key to finding channel catfish in streams. Use a slip-sinker rig with enough weight to hold it in place in current. Use a 3/0 circle hook with a piece of cleaning sponge impaled on it.
Drop the sponge into a tub of commercially made stink bait, also called dip bait, and push it to the bottom with a stick. Hold it there to soak up as much of the smelly dip bait as the sponge can hold and cast it to an undercut bank. The sponge emits a plume of funk downstream that channel catfish follow back to the sponge and eat it.
You can also use chicken livers, nightcrawlers or rancid cheese for this presentation, but the dip bait sponge is hard to beat in a stream. You will catch many 16- to 21-inch long channel catfish in streams, perfect size for a dinner. Channel catfish from a cool stream offer fantastic table fare.
June is a wonderful month weather wise, but a transition time as predator fish move into their summer locations.

Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament
The 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament will be Saturday, June 24, with weigh-in at 3 p.m. CT, at Haywood Shooting Supply on Scottsville Road in Glasgow. Final registration and rules will be Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m., CT, at Haywood Shooting Supply.

Lightly Plugged to play during dinner June 17, 24 at Driftwood Restaurant

Glasgow’s Lightly Plugged will be performing during dinner June 17, 24, in the Driftwood Restaurant at the Barren River Lake State Park.
The band will perform from 6- 8 p.m., in the dining room of the Louie B. Nunn Lodge at the park.
Lightly Plugged is an “acoustic” ensemble that plays some covers, experimental jams, and original tunes . . . fronted by James “David” Sickels, Jr., aka Lightly Plugged, according to its Facebook page.
The park’s restaurant will be serving its regular Saturday night buffet, along with menu items.
The Driftwood Restaurant serves dinner from 4- 8 p.m., Saturdays.

Barren River Lake visitors may be asked to participate in nationwide Corps’ survey

Barren River Lake visitors may be asked to participate in a Visitor Use Survey concerning the length of their visit, as well as their overall experience.
The survey, being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will run now through September.
Interns from the Student Conservation Association will administer the survey to visitors as they exit one of the selected Corps’ recreation areas.
The Barren River Lake survey is one of six of the Corps’ lake projects nationwide that is being collected. Three Kentucky sites, Barren River, Nolin River and Green River, are included.
Participation in the survey is voluntary.