Barren River Lake State Park hosts annual Valentine Weekend Feb. 10-12

Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Valentine Weekend, Feb. 10-12, at the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
The weekend will include karaoke and a dinner and dance.
Karaoke will be Friday from 8 p.m.- midnight CT.
The dinner and dance will be Saturday. The dinner will be served in the lodge’s Driftwood Restaurant from 4- 8 p.m., while the dance will be from 8- midnight.
Friday night’s Karaoke will be themed “Couples through History.” Couples are encouraged to dress the theme, while enjoying karaoke by Big Joe’s Karaoke.
Saturday’s Dinner will be a special buffet and music for the dance will be provided  by Ace’s Entertainment.

Friday Karaoke– $15 per person.
Saturday Dance– $30 per person.
Saturday Dinner and Dance– $99.96 couple.
Honey 1 Package– $179.96 for two, and includes one night lodge room, Saturday dinner, Saturday dance, and Sunday breakfast.
Honey 2 Package– $310.96 for two, and includes two night lodge room, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Friday Karaoke, and Saturday dance.
Honey 3 Package– $359.96 for two couples ($239.96 for one couple), and includes one night cottage, Saturday dinner, Saturday dance, and Sunday breakfast for four people.
Honey 4 Package– $639.96 for two couples (or $429.96 for one couple), and includes two nights in cottage, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Friday Karaoke, and Saturday dance for four people.

To make reservations, call 800 325-0057 or 270-646-2151.

148 Sandhill Cranes harvested to date

With five days remaining in the 2016-17 Sandhill Crane season, hunters have harvested 148 birds, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
– 127 in Barren County (9 in Barren River Lake WMA),
– 16 in Hardin County,
– 3 in Monroe County,
– 1 in Mercer County,
– 1 in Taylor County (Green River Lake WMA).
The Sandhill Crane season in the Commonwealth runs from Dec. 17, 2016, to Jan. 15, 2017. Hunters are limited to a daily and season bag limit of two cranes. The statewide quota is 400, before the season is halted.
Hunters are required to report Sandhill Crane harvest via Telecheck within 24 hours of the harvest.

Buffalo Night is Feb. 4 at Barren River Lake State Park, includes lodging special

The annual Buffalo Night at Barren River Lake State Park is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, from 5-8 p.m., CT, in the park’s Driftwood Restaurant. In addition, the park will be offering lodging specials on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4.
The all-you-can-eat Buffalo dinner will be $23.95, plus drink, tax and tip for adults, and $13.45, plus drink, tax and tip for children.
The lodging special in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge is $60 plus tax and resort fee per night. To make a reservation, call the park at 270-646-2151 and tell them you want the Buffalo Special.
Menu
– Hand-carved Buffalo Steamship Round,
– Buffalo Meat Loaf with Hunter’s Sauce,
– Grilled Buffalo Sirloin with Roasted Tomato and Poblano Sauce,
– Rustic Duck Alfredo with Wild Mushrooms,
– Fried Catfish,
– Buffalo Burgoo,
– Loaded Mashed Potatoes,
– Green Beans,
– Hoppin’ John,
– Grilled Corn on the Cob with Smoked Paprika and Lime Butter,
– Roasted Fresh Vegetables,
– Buffalo Chili,
– White Northern Bean Soup,
– Baked Alaska,
– Cobbler,
– and Banana Pudding.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello fine folks.  Sorry it’s been a while since I have sat down and written. This time of year always seems to spread me a bit thin. As I am sure many of you are as well.  I have spent a very limited amount of time on the water.
My Dad, son, and I did recently take a trip to Lake Cumberland for some crappie. We had a good time. We didn’t catch many as high pressure was a factor, but we did manage to catch four that were over 15″.  The 10″ size limit has really helped that lake.  I would like to see them put a 12″ limit on Cumberland.  I think it could turn that lake into a real trophy crappie Lake. Lake Grenada in Mississippi has done that with good success.
Fishing on Barren River Lake has been pretty good. A lot of fish are being caught around the Narrows. The water looks pretty good there. Fish the flats or the bluffs for bass.  I have had reports this week that catfish have been biting good on Shad.
It’s hard to get out in the cold and fish. The fish are not as hungry, as the temperature drops so does there metabolism, but I catch a lot of quality fish in the winter.  So get out and try to find some.
Start the year off right and take a kid fishing.
Good luck and God Bless.

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.

Five winter bass fishing techniques

By Bass Fishing Source
Knowing some solid winter bass fishing techniques is so important during the slowest producing part of the year for fishing. Though anglers may argue about when is the best time of the year to catch fish, few will argue that winter is the best time to be on the water.
While winter may not be the best time to catch bass, it is possible to catch these and other bass in the cold. In fact, as largemouth bulk up for the winter, you may even catch surprisingly large bass during the cold weather months. Here are five winter bass fishing techniques that you can use to catch more bass this winter.
Slow it down
As the weather cools, largemouth bass become less active. When fishing for cold weather largemouth1, you need to slow your presentation to allow the fish more time to react to your lures. You do not have to exclusively use plastic worms and other slowly fished lures, just slow down the retrieve of whatever you use. In addition to presenting the lure slowly, you should also slowdown your hook set. Waiting too long can mean a missed fish, just pause for a moment after feeling the bass hit the lure before setting the hook.
Change Sizes
Winter largemouth bass can be picky about what they strike. There are two theories about winter lure selection: go big or go small. The theory behind larger lures is that winter bass won’t waste energy trying to eat small fish. Conversely, those that support small lures say that bass strike small fish as it takes little energy to catch and swallow the small fish. A good rule of thumb is to simply change between large and small lures when winter largemouth bass fishing and see which works best. Winter water is often clear, so regardless of size you should use lures in natural colors with realistic patterns.
Keep Moving
One benefit of fishing in winter is that there is generally very little fishing pressure. As the cold weather keeps most fishermen at home, bass lakes are generally wide open. This allows you to move around from place to place to find where the bass are located. However, you need to spend enough time at each spot to give any bass present the opportunity to strike, as winter bass will rarely move long distances. But if you aren’t having any luck move to the next area and see if the fishing is better.
Find Warm Water
Another winter bass fishing technique is to look for any sources of warm water. Warm water can be found in shallow areas warmed by the sun, areas where small streams enter a lake or large river and near power plant discharges on many large rivers. If the water is icing over, the open areas of water will indicate where the water is warmer, fish the areas away from the ice. Keep an eye out for baitfish as well. If you find baitfish in a particular area it is a sign that water is warmer. The baitfish will also draw the largemouth to the area.
Try Bait
Though many fishermen do not like using bait, bait can turn a slow bass fishing day into a productive day. Minnows and night crawlers will work as well for catching bass in the winter as in the spring. Keep your bait warm and lively before use. You should also switch your bait as often as possible as the cold water will make the bait less lively.
These are just a few but important winter bass fishing techniques to help get you get started in the right direction. Don’t let the cold weather fool you, as stated above, some of the biggest bass can be taken in the winter. So get up, dress warm and hit the water. When you done make sure you come back and tell us about your fishing day. Good luck and stay warm.

Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow set Jan. 25-29 at Kentucky Expo Center

The Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center January 25-29, for the season’s best deals on new boats, RVs and accessories, plus educational opportunities and family fun for all ages.
This year’s show boasts an extensive lineup of educational seminars, including boating and fishing seminars such as the new Riverboating 101 and Paddlesports 101 series, and daily DIY seminars and workshops in Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center.

There will also be fun, hands-on features at this year’s show, including a Power Squadron Boating Skills Virtual Trainer to test boating IQ, free trout fishing for kids and much more! Mac & the Big Cheese of the Ultimate Outdoor Cooking Show will also be on-site teaching outdoor recipes and entertaining the crowd all weekend.
Tickets will be available at www.louisvilleboatshow.com or onsite during the show.

Hours

Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26 from noon to 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27 from noon to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets

Adult Admission – $12

Senior Citizens – $10 (Box Office Only)

Children 15 and under – FREE

Active military are FREE with military ID

 

Nashville Boat and Sportshow Jan. 19-22

The Progressive® Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow®, Tennessee’s premier boating event, is bringing a taste of summer to Nashville’s Music City Center with four days of nautical fun Jan. 19–22. This year’s show has over 90,000 square feet of boats, accessories, educational opportunities and fun for all ages and experience levels!

  • View and board hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers, plus take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics.
  • The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on hand with everything you need to know about the outdoors, boating and fishing. They will also offer Boater Education Class Certification on Saturday.
  • Educational opportunities abound at the show this year, ranging from attendee-favorite Fred’s Shed DIY and interactive workshops on owning and maintaining a boat to the all-new Paddlesports 101, introductory workshops on the outdoor fitness craze that’s sweeping the nation! New and seasoned boaters will enjoy trying their hand at the Power Squadron Boating Simulator to test their skills and learn something new.
  • Kids 10 and under will enjoy free catch-and-release fishing in the popular trout pond. Kids and attendees of all ages will enjoy trying their hand at virtual fishing on the Progressive® Flomotion, or participating in fun trivia and other games while onboard for prizes!

Dates/Times:
Thursday, Jan. 19                      2–9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20                          Noon–9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21                      10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22                        11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ticket Information:
Adults (16 and older):             $12
Children (15 and younger):  FREE
Active Military:                       FREE with active military ID
Special Discounts:
$2 off Advance General Admission – $10 advance online-only tickets (thru Jan. 18) can be found by clicking Advance Tickets.

KDFWR, Corps can recycle your Christmas tree on Barren River Lake

Don’t throw away your  Christmas tree!
Recycle it!
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use your old natural Christmas tree to create fish habitat around Barren River Lake.
The donated trees are weighted and placed along the shoreline to become a safe habitat for young fish.
Natural trees, free of all decorations, may be donated at the Port Oliver Recreation Area.
A sign is posted inside the recreation area as to where to donate the trees.
Port Oliver is located next to the dam.
For more information, about donating your old Christmas tree, contact the Corps office at (270) 646-2055.

Winston’s Fishing League announces 2017 schedule for rivers and lakes

Winston’s Fishing League has announced its 2017 schedule, that includes both lakes and rivers in southcentral Kentucky.
There will be a one time $10 membership fee for 2017
Entry fee will be $25 per person for WFL regular season tournaments
Click for Winston’s Fishing League Rules.
For more information, 270-237-0223 or email to: 1fastgmc@nctc.com.

Winston’s Fishing League Schedule
*Dates and Times are subject to change due to weather and water conditions.
March 18- Barren River Lake (State Park), 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
April 8- Barren River (Weldon Peete), 6:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
April 22- Nolin Lake (State Park), 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
April 29- Green River (Brownsville), 5:45 a.m.- 1:45 p.m.
May 20- Lake Malone (State Park), 5:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
June 10- Green River (Rochester), 5:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
June 24- Barren River (Lonnie White), 5:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
CLOSED TOURNAMENTS
July 15- Barren River Lake (State Park), 6 p.m.- midnight.
Aug. 12- Barren River (Weldon Peete), 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Sept. 9- Lake Malone (State Park), 6:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
WINSTON’S FISHING LEAGUE CLASSIC (two event)
Sept. 23- river tba.
Sept. 30- lake tba.

Barren Bassmasters Swap Meet Jan. 21

The 25th annual Barren Bassmasters Swap Meet will be Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at the Cave City Convention Center, located at exit 53 on I-65.
The Swap Meet is open to the public.
Admission is $5 for adults; $1 for children.
It will include bait, tackle and boat accessories.
Fishermen are encouraged to bring “anything related to fishing” to swap, trade, buy or sell.
Old and modern equipment are welcome.
One hundred tables are available for dealers ($1.50 per foot).
Tables for the public are free.
For more information, contact Phil Toms at 270-597-6161 or Larry Tabor at 270-404-0452.