Sr. Golf Tournaments Aug. 15, Sept. 12

The Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course will host its annual Senior Golf Tournaments Aug. 15 and Sept. 12.
For questions or to register, contact the Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course Pro Shop at 270-646-4653.
Senior Three-Man Scramble
The Sr. Three-Man Golf Scramble will be Monday, Aug. 15, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. CT. Competitors must create their own three-man team, with the age of group members totaled and put into a flight. Entry fee is $35 per team member.
Senior Men’s Golf Invitational
The Sr. Men’s Golf Invitational will be Monday, Sept. 12, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. CT. This is an individual tournament with flights of 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75-older. This tournament is limited to the first 96 players registered. Entry fee is $50 per person and includes golf, lunch and prizes.

Thursday Evening Golf
The Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course hosts an Evening Golf Tournament every Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. CT. It is a 9-hole, best-ball tournament. Entry fee is $15. Golfers may create their own 4-man team or individuals are welcome and will be placed with a team. For questions, contact the Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course Pro Shop at 270-646-4653.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake will be the host to the Full Throttle Fishing Summer Showdown this weekend.
The FTF Summer Showdown is a two-night tournament. The entry fee of $100 is good for both nights with a combined weight over the two nights to determine the winner.
Friday, July 29
The FTF Summer Showdown will takeoff at 6 p.m. CT from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, with weigh-in at 1 a.m., at Port Oliver. This is an OPEN bass tournament. For more information, contact Morris Hogue at 270-793-4411.
Saturday, July 30
The second night of the FTF Showdown will also takeoff at 6 p.m. CT from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, with weigh-in at 1 a.m., at Port Oliver.

Aug. 6 Poker Run will support Friends of Barren River Lake & Park future events

The Barren River Lake Poker Run will be Saturday, Aug. 6, to benefit the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park.
The Friends use the funds from the Poker Run to sponsor the annual Trashmaster’s Classic (Sept. 17) and the July 4 fireworks.
Registration for the Poker Run will be at the Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove) from 9 a.m. – noon.
Entry is $25 per “hand,” and there is no limit to the number of “hands” that you may play. (The more “hands,” the more opportunities to win!)
The best Poker hand will win $500, second best hand $250, and third best Poker hand will win $100.
Straight five card Poker rules apply.
Participants will receive a total of five cards, each sealed in an envelope.
Cards will be collected, after registration, by visiting the Barren River Lake State Park dock, the Narrows Marina dock, the Peninsula Marina dock, and the Walnut Creek Marina dock (in any order). The final card will be given at check-in at 4 p.m. at the state park beach.
Participants may travel by water or land.
This is not a race; rather an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon on the lake and a chance to win prizes while doing it.
At 4 p.m., all participants will return their “hands” to the state park beach, where the winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded after check-in at the beach.
You must be 18 to participate.
Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 13.

Barren River Lake flooding still causing beach closings, effecting boat ramps

The floating docks, along with the fishing walk around Port Oliver Recreation Area are under water due to flooding on Barren River Lake.

The floating docks, along with the fishing walk around Port Oliver Recreation Area are under water due to flooding on Barren River Lake.

Flooding on Barren River Lake continues to cause beach closings and effect lake boat ramps. After cresting at 559.06 ft., the water level in the lake continues to fall and was at about 555.3 ft., as of 11 p.m. Friday, July 22. The lake’s summer pool is 552 ft.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Barren River Lake dam main gate to 0.7 and is drawing the lake down about 6 in. per 24 hours.
The flooding has caused the closure of the Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove) and the Quarry Road Recreation Area, as well as the Narrows Campground Beach and Beaver Creek Beach. The high water has also forced several boat ramp restrictions.
Any questions can be referred to the Corps Office at 270-646-2055.
With the continued dry weather and draw down, some beaches could reopen as soon as next week.
The high water has brought a lot of drift into the lake and made fishing difficult, as well.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Well folks. it has been wet and hot this month on Barren River Lake. The good news is the water is stabilizing and has receded. The fish are finally moving into their usual late summer patterns.
The American Heart Association will have a tournament Saturday night out of Port Oliver.  It is an open tournament and a big fish tournament you can get more information at Barren Outdoors.
Bass are being caught on long main lake points using big worms crank baits, and spoons. Night time is the right time to fish right now.  Fish can also be caught on bluffs using jigs.
Crappie are starting to heat up at night under green lights about ten to 12 feet deep.
Hybrids continue to be suspended trolling for them is a good option.  Also they have been caught well under green lights at night.
Catfish are good on trot lines, jug lines and limb lines. Also on points at night with chicken livers on rod and reel.
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.

Stripes are biting near Mason Island

Dave Ballard had a good night or two or three or four catching Stripes near Mason Island in front of the  dam in shallow water using only night crawlers. He reports that the Stripes are biting heavy between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., with the schools coming in waves so strong that "some of them will take your pole if you don't lock them in."

Dave Ballard displays his catch from Barren River Lake from one of his good nights catching Stripes. He caught Stripes several nights near Mason Island in front of the dam in shallow water using only night crawlers. He reports that the Stripes are biting heavy between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., with the schools coming in waves so strong that “some of them will take your pole if you don’t lock them in.”

Corps seeks to raise winter pool level

For the past 15 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, has lowered the level of Barren River Lake to a winter pool level of 528 ft. And, now the Corps would like to make that a permanent winter pool level.
The Corps’ official winter pool for Barren River Lake is 525 ft., but may change.
Officials contend that the higher winter pool will enhance the lake’s water quality, improve the lake’s recreational opportunities and provide a better habitat for migrating sandhill cranes.
Returning to the winter pool of 525 ft. would negatively affect boat ramp accessibility and harm the state park’s earnings.
The Corps is having a public meeting from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Barren River Lake Corps office at 11088 Finney Road (next to the dam) in Glasgow.
Inquiries may also be emailed to LRL-Pagemaster-GRB@usace.army.mil. The Louisville District will accept inquiries until tomorrow, July 20.
The Corps will answer questions by posting the question and response on its website. For those mailing their inquiries, a copy of the Corps reply will be posted to the website and mailed to the sender.

Barren River Lake Continues to Fall Toward Summer Pool
After extensive rains and flooding around Barren River Lake, water levels continue to fall thanks to clear weather. As of 8:30 a.m., today, the water level had fallen to 557.05 ft. The lake level crested at 559.06 ft. last week. The summer pool is 552 ft.
The flooding has caused the closure of several swimming beaches, including the Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove) and the Quarry Road Recreation Area. The high water has also forced several boat ramp restrictions.

Fish top-water lures in edges of day

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
An old saying among bass anglers declares they would rather catch one bass on a top-water lure than 10 on anything else.
The shake-inducing strike of a huge black bass savaging a top-water lure at dawn is as addictive as free donuts in the break room at work. Once bitten by the top-water bug, it becomes part of your fishing arsenal for life.
Daytime bass fishing grows increasingly tough in the heat of July and August. Fishing a top-water lure during the edges of the day draws vicious strikes.
“The last hour of daylight to a little after dark is one of my favorite times to throw a top-water lure in summer,” said Adam Shepard, senior biologist with the Center for Mollusk Conservation in Frankfort. “Early and late is a good time to catch bigger fish with topwaters, especially in summer.”
Pre-dawn, dusk and night are also the most comfortable to fish when the daytime temperatures reach the 90s. All three species of black bass – spotted, smallmouth and largemouth – crush topwaters during the low light times in summer.
Shepard, who is an expert kayak tournament angler for bass, makes his lure choice based on water conditions and clarity of the lake. “I really like a buzzbait in the morning,” he said. “I’ve always been a buzzbait guy. Most of our fertile lakes here in central Kentucky get murky water in summer, so I like a black buzzbait on those kinds of lakes.”
He throws a frog-imitating topwater in areas with surface scum or vegetation. “I really like throwing a frog into those shady spots with some scum build up in the little back pocket areas,” Shepard said. “You almost use a flip cast to get it under the nest of tree branches. Just twitch it. You never know when a 4 pounder will hit it in those spots.”
Walking-style baits such as the Zara Spook is Shepard’s choice for clear water lakes such as Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake or Cave Run Lake. These lures are cigar or banana-shaped and move side-to-side with jerks of the rod tip, called by anglers the “walk-the-dog” retrieve.
“It is nothing for them to come from 30 feet deep on Lake Cumberland and hit walking baits,” Shepard said. He adds an extra split ring and upgrades the treble hooks on his walking baits.
“The extra split ring allows the hook to rotate 360 degrees,” he said. “I have better hook up ratios and keeps the fish on better. I also upgrade the treble hook on most of them with one where the hook points angle back toward the shank. They hold the fish better.”
Shepard is enamored of a new style of top-water lure where the back end of the lure has a tail that rotates around an axle on the retrieve, called a Whopper Plopper. It makes quite a commotion.
“I started throwing the Whopper Plopper last fall,” he said. “They designed the lure for muskie fishing, but you can catch nice bass on them as well. They work best in open water, not around wood or weeds. The tail sinks with the nose up at rest and can grab stuff.”
Designed by nationally known angler Larry Dahlberg, the heavy weight of the lure allows an angler to cast them what seems like a mile.
“I love fishing them at night during summer,” said Chad Miles, host of the “Kentucky Afield” television show. “They sound just like alewives or shad when they are skipping on the surface. I use the smallest size and it does well.”
Night is also a good time to fish a large black Jitterbug. They might be the best top-water lure ever for pond fishing at night during summer, but they also work on larger lakes. Employing a steady retrieve and using the jointed 3 ½-inch Jitterbug helps produce strikes on reservoirs and larger lakes.
The popular 3-inch model works great at night worked along weed lines in farm ponds and smaller lakes. On these waters, retrieve the Jitterbug a few yards, let it sit still for a time, then repeat. Bass often mangle this lure when it moves after the pause.
The smallest-sized black Jitterbug is an overlooked producer of stream smallmouth bass from twilight into darkness. Cast the lure above and below stream drops at a 45-degree angle. Reel fast enough to keep it gurgling.
Sometimes fish strike with vengeance, other times they gently suck the lure under and swim away with it. It is as fun as any fishing found and usually produces bigger than average bass.
Get out in the low light, escape the heat and enjoy some of the hottest fishing during the steamiest weeks of the year.

“Paddle on the Barren” is Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be sponsoring “Paddle on the Barren,” Thursday, July 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Browns Ford Boat Ramp on Barren River Lake.
The event is FREE and open to the public of all ages and paddling experience.
People are invited to bring their canoes, kayaks and paddle boards to learn how to safely navigate paddling on Barren River Lake. Corps’ rangers will be on hand to discuss paddling safety, as well as safe places to paddle on Barren River Lake.
Participants can register for backpacks, while they last. They backpacks will include water safety information, a life jacket, towel, floating key fob, and information about Barren River Lake and its recreation areas.
For more information, contact A.J. Snipes at 270-646-2055.

2016 Barren County Fair underway

The 62nd annual Barren County Fair, sponsored by the Temple Hill Lions Club, is underway through July 23, at the Temple Hill Lions Club Park and Fairgrounds on Tompkinsville Road in Glasgow.
Beginning Monday, July 18, the Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival will offer a variety of rides and games. Fairgoers will get unlimited carnival rides, along with the evening’s events, for $10 admission per person. Children under 36″ tall are FREE.
Saturday, July 16
Horse Show, 6 p.m., Free.
Monday, July 18
$10 admission includes:
Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival.
Baby and Toddler, Tiny Miss and Mister, Little Miss and Mister, 7 p.m.
Truck and Tractor Pull and Antique Pull.
Tuesday, July 19
$10 admission includes:
Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival.
Lawn Mower Pull, 6 p.m.
Red Dragon Laser Tag, 6 p.m.
Country Strong Concert, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20
$10 admission includes:
Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival.
Red Dragon Laser Tag, 6 p.m.
Pony and Mule Show, 6 p.m.
Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Beauty Pageant.
Thursday, July 21
$10 admission includes:
Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival.
Cornhole Tournament, 6 p.m.
Miss Barren County Fair and Mrs. Barren County Fair Beauty Pageant, 7 p.m.
ATV Rodeo, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 22
$10 admission includes:
Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival.
Floral Hall entries, 9 a.m.
Floral Hall- 4-H Division, 9 a.m.
Pedal Pull, 10 a.m.
Truck and Tractor Pull, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 23
$10 admission includes:
Pet Show, 10 am.
Coca-Cola Talent Contest, 6 p.m.
Bullwhip Rodeo, 7 p.m.
Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Raffle Giveaway, 8 p.m.