Barren River Lake above Summer Pool; Barren River rising to parks’ flood level

With rains predicted through the weekend, Barren River Lake and Barren River are expected to continue their rise. Barren River Lake has already risen above Summer Pool. Barren River is rising close to flooding the Thomas Landing and Weldon Peete parks.

Barren River Lake 
Barren River Lake stood at 552.19 ft., just above Summer Pool, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22. Barren River Lake Summer Pool is 552 ft. Winter Pool for Barren River Lake is 552 ft. The dam is open at 0.1 ft.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers future pool level forecast for Barren River Lake is up to 556.6 ft. at 6 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 25.
Traditionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins holding water about March 15, so Barren River Lake will reach Summer Pool by May 15.

Barren River Lake
Barren River stood at 22.54 ft., at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22. At 23 ft., the Thomas Landing and Weldon Peete parks will begin flooding. The Barren River Dam is open at 0.1 ft., in an effort to prevent additional down river flooding.

Water Levels at a Glance

Barren River Lake 
556.6 ft. @ 6 a.m., Feb. 25 (forecast)
552.19 ft. @ 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22
552 Summer Pool
525 Winter Pool

Barren River
22.54 ft. @ 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22
23 ft. Thomas Landing, Weldon Peete parks begin flooding

Buy 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses by March 1 and avoid fee increases

Beat the 2018-19 fishing and hunting license fee increases by purchasing your 2018-19 licenses before Thursday, March 1. Non-resident fees will not increase March 1.
The increased license fees do not go into effect until March 1. So, if you purchase your 2018-19 license before March 1, you will pay the 2017-18 license fees.
In addition, boat registration fees will also increase March 1.

Here’s how the rate increases look on some licenses:
Annual Fishing License is $20, will be $23 March 1.
Annual Hunting License is $20, will be $27 March 1.
Senior Sportsman’s License is $5, will be $12 March 1.
Disabled Sportsman’s License is $5, will be $12 March 1.
Combination Hunting/Fishing License is $30, will be $42 March 1.
Joint/Spouse Fishing License is $36, will be $42 March 1.

For the new license fees, click 2018-19 Fishing and Hunting License.
For more information on the increases, click Frequently Asked Questions About the Fee Increases.

2018 fishing forecast for Barren River and Barren River Lake released by KDFWR

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has released its 2018 Fishing Report.
More details for Barren River and Barren River Lake fishing may be found on pgs. 5-6 of the report.

Barren River from Barren River Dam to Green River confluence
Good/Excellent

Smallmouth bass
Good
Muskellunge
Fair/Good
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye/Sauger
Fair
Spotted Bass

Barren River Upstream from Long Creek confluence
Good
Bass
Channel Catfish
White Bass, Hybrids and Yellow Bass
Fair/Good 
Walleye

Barren River Lake
Excellent
Catfish, Blue Catfish
Yellow Bass
Good/Excellent
Largemouth Bass
Good
Bluegill (Sunfish)
Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass
Fair
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass

Sandhill Cranes’ season changes to be heard by Fish and Wildlife Commission

The Sandhill Crane hunting season, as well as harvest limit, will be on the agenda of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets March 9.
The proposed changes will include:
– a harvest limit of up to 1,400 cranes (up from the current 400 limit), dependent on Sandhill Crane population estimates;
– an increase of the Sandhill Crane hunting season from 30 days to 56 days, with the additional 26-days extended into January;
– the creation of a protected area for the Sandhill Cranes around the Green River Lake;
– and a new way to register for permits.
Sandhill Cranes have been harvested for the past seven years in the Commonwealth.
The annual harvests have been:
– 119 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2017-2018.
– 171 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2016-2017.
– 75 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2015-2016.
– 96 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2014-2015.
– 87 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2013-2014.
– 92 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2012-2013.
– 50 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2011-2012 (first season).

Crappie, catfish regulations on Barren River Lake go into effect March 1

New crappie and catfish regulations will go into effect on Barren River Lake March 1, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Crappie
A reduction of the daily creel limit on crappie, from 30 fish to 20 fish, is among the state’s new fishing regulations for 2018.
Blue and Channel Catfish
For blue and channel catfish on Barren River Lake, there will be a 15-fish daily creel limit with only one of those fish longer than 25 inches.
In addition, anglers using jugs, trot lines or limb lines must now use the Customer Identification Number provided on their fishing license to tag their jugs, trot lines or limb lines beginning March 1. Anglers employing these devices previously used their name and address, but this new requirement will protect the identity of those anglers.
Fishing Licenses Expire Feb. 28
The current fishing license year expires Feb. 28. Anglers fishing after this date must purchase a 2018-2019 fishing license.
Licenses and Permits.
Purchase Licenses Online.

Barren River Lake 24 ft. above winter pool

With the recent rains, Barren River Lake is 24 ft. above winter pool.
The lake measured 549.28 ft. early Friday morning and predicted rains, through the weekend and into next week, are expected to take it higher.
The lake winter pool level is 525 ft.
This time last year, Feb. 16, 2017, the lake level measured 528.33 ft.
At 549 ft., the lake is only 3 ft. below its summer pool level of 552 ft.
The dam is open at 0.5 in an effort to lower the lake level.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began drawdown to winter pool Oct. 11, and the lake has remained at or close to winter pool since Dec. 15.
Last year, the Corps began holding water for the lake to reach summer pool on March 15, to achieve summer pool by May 15.
Barren River Lake Levels
549.28 ft.- Feb. 16, 2018
528.33 ft.- Feb. 16, 2017
Winter Pool 525 ft.
Summer Pool 552 ft.

National Wild Turkey Federation Convention Feb. 16-18 in Nashville

The 42nd annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show will be Feb. 16-18, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
There will be daily events, quality entertainment in the Waterin’ Hole, the latest gear from more than 600 companies featured in the exhibit hall, and deals on thousands of items in live and silent auctions.
There will be seminars, meals, meetings, competitions, raffles. and auctions going on each day.

Sport Show Prices:
– NWTF Members receive a free wristband good Friday through Sunday (must have valid member number),
– Admission for youth ages 11-17 cost $10 and receive a JAKES membership,
– Children 10-years-old and under receive free admission,
– Military with valid ID receive a free wristband,
– Daily passes are available for $20 each,
– Join the NWTF for $35 to get a $25 Bass Pro Shops promo card and free admission for the weekend.
Sport Show wristband includes access to the following:
– Seminars for the beginning and seasoned hunters,
– Callmaking, taxidermy and calling competitions,
– Silent and live auctions,
– Chances to purchase Exhibit Hall Raffles,
– Daily entertainment at the Wild Turkey Bourbon Waterin’ Hole.

Family Adventure Village
Family Adventure Village, sponsored by Mossy Oak, is FREE.
– Hands-on activities and seminars for youth and families,
– Explore the Bureau of Land Management’s Cave and learn about conservation practices,
– Children 17 and younger can earn a collectable item,
– Test your archery skills at the S.A.F.E Archery® Hoverball or Daisy Youth Archery Range,
– Show off your shooting accuracy at the 4-H BB Gun Range or the JAKES Take Aim Range,
– Try your hand at dart and bow and arrow shooting with the Student Outdoor Experience,
– Catch a critter with the experts from the Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association,
– Check out the US Forest Service’s Fire Engine and take a picture in their photo booth.

Exhibit Hall and Family Adventure Village Hours:
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kentucky Sport, Boat and Recreation Show set for Feb. 8-11 at Rupp Arena

The Kentucky Sport, Boat and Recreation Show will be Feb. 8-11 at Lexington’s Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall.
The outdoor expo will have just over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibitor space. The show will include exhibitors from the RV, boat, travel, and recreation industry. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see products with exclusive deals, along with family entertainment. Click for a complete Event Schedule.
Show Hours: 
Thursday, 2-9 p.m. ET
Friday, 2-10 p.m. ET
Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. ET
Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  ET
Tickets: 
$12 for single day pass
$5 for children (ages 3-13)
Free admission (ages 2 and under)

Valentine Weekend at BRLSP Feb. 9-11

Valentine Weekend will be Feb. 9-11, at Barren River Lake State Park.
The weekend will include karaoke Feb. 9, along with a dinner at the park’s Driftwood Restaurant and dance Feb. 10.
To make reservations, call the park at 270-646-2151.
Honey 1 Package– $229 (for two), includes one night lodge room, Saturday dinner and dance, and Sunday breakfast.
Honey 2 Package– $359 (for two), includes two nights in lodge room, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, karaoke on Friday and Dance on Saturday night.
Honey 3 Package– $429 (for two couples or $299 for one couple), includes one night in a cottage, Saturday diner and dance, and Sunday breakfast for four people.
Honey 4 Package– $779 (for two couples or $529 for one couple), includes two nights in cottage, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, karaoke on Friday and dance on Saturday night for four people.
Dinner and Dance– $119 (per couple) includes dinner and dance tickets for Saturday night.
Friday Night Karaoke– $20 per person.
Saturday Night Dance– $35 per person.

Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo set Feb. 2-4 at Wilson County Expo Center

The Tennessee Boat and Fishing Expo will be Feb. 2-4 at the Wilson County Expo Center, in Lebanon, Tenn.
The Expo will be open Friday, Feb. 2, from noon- 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Top boat and tackle dealers will be exhibiting the newest boats with dealer incentives, fishing tackle with discount pricing, and an antique lure display. There will also be hourly door prizes.
The Expo will also have daily seminars and workshops for boat and fishing enthusiasts.
Admission is $10 adults; $5 for military and seniors (65 and over); and children (12 and under) are free with a paying adult.
Click here for a 2 for 1 Admission Coupon.