Boat responsibly July 4, and always

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Barren River Lake July 4 fireworks among three area events celebrating holiday

The annual Barren River Lake fireworks, sponsored by Friends of Barren River Lake & Park and Dunlap RV, will be Monday, July 4.
The annual event will begin in the afternoon with live music by Nightfall will begin at 5 p.m., as well as concessions behind the Barren River Lake State Park‘s Louie B. Nunn Lodge. The fireworks will be shot at dark (about 9 p.m.) from the banks of Barren River Lake behind the lodge.
Admission is FREE.
Special parking will be available at Sunset Cove (formerly state park beach) for $10 per vehicle with proceeds going toward the expense of the fireworks.

July 1
The 45th annual Thunderfest, sponsored by the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, will be Friday, July 1, (rain date is July 2) at the National Corvette Museum. Gates open at 4 p.m. CT, with activities beginning at 5 p.m. Fireworks scheduled for dark.
Admission is $20 per carload. Unlimited inflatables for children requires $10 wristbands.
Children’s attractions, music, food vendors, and other entertainment are available until about 9:30 p.m., when the fireworks show begins. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities.
There will be concessions, live music, children’s activities, inflatables and a live broadcast. New this year is a local celebrity Hot Dog Eating Contest and a Red, White and Tunes music competition.
Thunderfest is sponsored by  Citizens First Bank.

July 4
The City of Scottsville, Ky., just south of Barren River Lake on Hwy. 31E, will celebrate its bicentennial on Monday, July 4, at the city’s Dumont Hill Park, with fireworks, food and inflatables for children.
Gates will open at 3 p.m. CT. The city-sponsored event will include free food, children’s activities, music, and fireworks.
Admission is FREE.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello folks. The first days of summer have sure been hot on Barren River Lake.  Hopefully, all can get on the water and put some in the boat.
Bass while scattered and hard to pattern, some big fish have been caught. Everywhere from points to bluffs from 6 – 30 feet of water has been working. Try crank baits, jigs, and big worms. Sexy shad color has been good for crank baits. Green for jigs and dark worms.
Hybrids have been on fire between the islands. Live shad straight down has worked very well. Fish are between 10 – 15 feet deep.
Blue gills are on bluffs. Cast and let crickets fall back and be ready to hit them when the line ticks.
Crappie. I have no information this week.  They have been tough.
Catfish have also been picked up around the islands on live bait.  Look on long points near channel too.
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.

Avoid heat illnesses on Barren River Lake

With temperatures predicted to remain in the 90’s the remainder of the week and into next week, it is time (if you haven’t already) to think about the heat and how to avoid heat-related illness during the hottest temperatures of the year, so far.
Cooling off in the lake is not the best and only way to beat the heat.
Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control:
If you must be outside:
* Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).
* Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
* Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
* Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
* Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
* Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
* Try to rest often in shady areas.
If the heat is too much for you:
* Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
* Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
* NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.
Check regularly on:
* Infants and young children,
* People aged 65 or older,
* People who have a mental illness,
* Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
* Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

There are three fishing tournaments scheduled for Barren River Lake this weekend, June 25-26.
Saturday, June 25
The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail (Kentucky West #5) will host an OPEN bass tournament this Saturday. The tournament is scheduled to take off from the Peninsula Ramp at 5 a.m. CT and return for weigh-in at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Joel Franks at 270-579-4085 or at
Saturday, June 25
The Rockcastle County High School Fishing Team will host an OPEN bass tournament this Saturday. The tournament will take off from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramps at 6 a.m. CT with weigh-in set for 2 p.m. at Port Oliver. For more information, contact Matt Bryant at 606-386-0339 or at
Saturday, June 25
The Barren River Fishing League (Co-ed) will host an OPEN bass tournament this Saturday. The tournament is scheduled to take off from the Port Oliver Recreation Area ramps at 6 a.m. CT with weigh-in set for 2 p.m. at Port Oliver. For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at 270-618-1436 or at .

23-2 limit, with 7-1 Big Bass, wins Walmart FLW on Barren River Lake

Chris Gerrein of Villa Hills, KY, won the Boater Division, and John Vise of Owingsville, KY, won the Co-Angler Division of the Walmart FLW Tournament on Barren River Lake Saturday.

Chris Gerrein of Villa Hills, KY, won the Boater Division, and John Vise of Owingsville, KY, won the Co-Angler Division of the Walmart FLW Tournament on Barren River Lake Saturday.

Chris Gerrein of Villa Hills, Ky., won the Boater Division of the Walmart FLW Tournament (Mountain Division) on Barren River Lake Saturday with a 5-fish limit of 23 lbs. 2 ozs., which included the 7 lb. 1 oz. Big Bass.
John Vice of Owingsville, Ky., won the Co-Angler Division of the tournament with a 5-fish limit of 17 lbs. 10 ozs., which included the 5 lb. 10 ozs. Big Bass.
The two won their respective divisions, against 121 boater and 121 co-angler competitors from four states.
Gerrein collected $4,315 for the win, plus $610 for the Big Bass, $2,000 Ranger Cup, $1,000 Mercury Bonus, and $200 Costa Award.
Vice won $2,157, plus $305 for the Big Bass.
Gerrein said that he caught his limit in “one little area” at a depth of about 6 ft. Using a Strike King with a big square bill, he said that he pulled out the 7 lb. fish, along with a 6 lb. and a 5 lb. one after the other.
Vice said that he had caught about 9 lbs. by 7 a.m., but moved some to improve his catch. He used a Shaky Head to catch his big bass.
Top 10 Boater Division
1. Chris Gerrein, Villa Hills, Ky., 5 fish, 23-02, $4,315.
2. Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., 5 fish, 17-13, $2,157.
3. Jason Cooper, Shelbyville, Tenn., 5 fish, 15-00, $1,439.
4. Marshall Deakins, Dunlap, Tenn., 5 fish, 14-05, $1,007.
5. Brett Graham, Cold Spring, Ky., 5 fish, 13-06, $863.
6. Barry Strunk, Science Hill, Ky., 5 fish, 12-14, $791.
7. Ryan Davidson, Branchland WV., 5 fish, 12-13, 719.
8. Mark Pierce, Cadiz, Ky., 4 fish, 12-07, $611.
8. Michael Emberton, Tompkinsville, 5 fish, 12-07, $611.
10. Todd Yocum, Harrodsburg, Ky., 5 fish, 12-06, $503.
Local Boater Finishers
24. Michael Bean, Bowling Green, Ky., 4 fish, 9-08, $259.
25. Bennie Mutter, Glasgow, Ky., 4 fish, 9-01.
29. James Copeland, Bowling Green, Ky., 4 fish, 8-11.
31. John Rediess, Smiths Grove, Ky., 4 fish, 8-03.
48. Shane Winchester, Glasgow, Ky., 3 fish, 5-10.
65. Stevie Guffey, Tompkinsville, Ky., 2 fish, 3-11.
77. Randy Walden, Tompkinsville, Ky., 2 fish, 2-13.
78. John Daniel, Bowling Green, Ky., 1 fish, 2-10.
85. Jason Bean, Scottsville, Ky., 1 fish, 1-14.
Top 10 Co-Angler Division
1. John Vise, Owingsville, Ky., 5 fish, 17-10, $2,157.
2. Dustin Jones, Stanford, Ky., 5 fish, 13-01, $1,079.
3. Don Carmack, Middlesboro, Ky., 3 fish, 10-12, $717.
4. Tony Baber, Dayton, Ohio, 5 fish, 10-06, $503.
5. Jason Stigall, Tateville, Ky., 5 fish, 10-03, $431.
6. Mike Morrison, Prestonsburg, Ky., 3 fish, 9-10, $396.
7. Timothy Ernst, Mt. Eden, Ky., 4 fish, 7-09, $360.
8. Justin Sensabaugh, Byrdstown, Tenn., 3 fish, 6-15, $324.
9. Roger Crain, Louisville, Ky., 2 fish, 6-14, $288.
10. Jordan Pyles, Somerset, Ky., 3 fish, 6-11, $252.
Local Co-Angler Finishers
12. Ed Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., 4 fish, 6-07, $209.
22. Brent Clark, Bowling Green, Ky., 3 fish, 5-08, $135.
42. Steven Brown, Bowling Green, Ky., 2 fish, 3-11.
67. Barry Graves, Adolphus, Ky., 1 fish, 2-0.
93. Charles Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., 1 fish, 1-04.

28.58 lb. catfish wins Noodling Tourney

The team of Tim Baldwin, Tucker Baldwin, Ronnie Steenbergen, and Mark Riley won the 2016 Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament with their 28.58 lb. catfish.

The team of Tim Baldwin, Tucker Baldwin, Ronnie Steenbergen and Mark Riley won the 2016 Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament and $1,000 with their 28.58 lb. catfish.
Second place and $500 went to the team of Randy Steenbergen, Derek Steenbergen Jesse Steenbergen, and Ryan Steenbergen with their catfish weighing 28.38 lbs.
Third place went to the team of Eric Spellman, Wade Brewer and Brandon Hodges with their catfish of 24.28 lbs. garnerning them a check of $300. Seven teams competed in the annual tournament.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

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By Josh Morris
Hello folks it has been a hot week on Barren River Lake. The water temperature was like warm bath water at 93 degrees. However the fishing continues to be good.
First off let me welcome the FLW BFL anglers to the area.  The first Mountain Division tournament on Barren is this weekend, with another coming in September.
Bass are in transition big time. I found fish on bluffs moving out of the shallow areas in creeks.  Some fish are also already out on deep points. Bass are between 13 and 20 feet deep.  We had great luck on the bluffs that have chunky rock with green jigs. Out on the points they seem to want a plum colored 10 inch worm. I would think a person could still find some fish shallow early in the morning. The bluff deal may not hold by Saturday, as the fish move on out of the shallower water to the points.
Hybrids are on FIRE! Between the islands they have been killing spoons and silver buddy’s casting in 17 to 20 feet of water. Idle through there and watch your graph they are stacked in there.  Cast count down your bait and reel back to the boat. Trolling works too, but casting seems to be the best option.
Crappie should be holding around brush piles in about 15 feet of water.  Minnows and jigs are good options also trolling bandit crank baits should be a good option very soon.
Catfish for the most part have finished the spawn however some nice fish are being caught on Night Crawlers under floats while bluegill fishing. They are still near bluffs.
Bluegills are also finished spawning and can be found scattered around bluffs and some still in coves. Live bait works very well.
Thank you all for submitting and reading. Stay hydrated out there and wear your pfd.
Good luck and God Bless.

Barren River Lake to host sailing events

The Port Oliver Yacht Club will host its annual Summer Sailstise with two sailing events this weekend.
The club will host its Glow Regatta Saturday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and sail late into the night. Dinner for members will begin at 5:30 Saturday, followed by a skipper’s meeting and the Glow Regatta. These events are free to members.
Sunday, the club will host the Jolly Roger Regatta, a long distance sailing competition, set to begin at 11 a.m. The day will start with a continental breakfast, followed by a skipper’s meeting and then the race (complete with Pirate attire). Entry fee is $20.

Beach at Barren River Lake State Park will reopen, could be as early as July 2

The beach at Barren River Lake State Park will reopen this summer, and could be as early as the July 4 weekend, according to a front page story in the Glasgow Daily Times.
The beach at the state park has not been open since 2010. The park closed swimming at the beach permanently in 2013, and turned the area into a recreation area.
The Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission approved a $12,000 funding request Tuesday to cover the cost of reopening the beach area. The commission’s funds will be used primarily to replenish the beach’s sand, while the remainder of the work will be done by the state, the article stated.
Funding will not allow for the full beach to open, but about two-thirds of it, according to commission officials.
David Thacker, the assistant director of state parks and acting park manager at Barren River Lake, along with Ernie Myers, executive vice-president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, and tourism commissioner Bobby Lee Hurt, who is also a former manager of Barren River Lake State Park, were instrumental in working to reopen the beach.
Following the commission’s original funding to reopen the beach, the state is expected to maintain the beach again, beginning next year.