Dave Ballard’s channel cat catch

Dave Ballard caught these channel cats on jug lines in Barren River Lake, near Beaver Creek boat ramp. He used night crawlers and shrimp.

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Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
What a dry spring we have had on Barren River Lake. Water should rise with the rain coming in.
Bass are on beds, some have spawned, some are waiting to spawn. It has been a tuff bite this season. I think every fish has been pitched at this spring 1,000 times.  Soft plastics will work for that. Also some good keepers have been caught on square bill crank baits parallel to the bank in around 8 feet of water.
Crappie have finished the spawn and are moving back out. Fish jigs and minnows.
Hybrid are running a little behind this year but are beginning their trek up the river to do their thing. I think the slow rising water is a factor.
Catfish can be caught on liver and night crawlers up on flats.
Just a side note spent last weekend on Lake Chickamauga with Brian Dillon, Freddy Bellamy, and Ashley Hudson. The lake was beautiful, the fishing was tuff, the company was beyond compare. The lake was full of fish and beaver, and the sky was full of birdsong. Eagles, ducks, geese, loons, just to name a few. I would like to thank those guys for the experience and look forward to the next trip!
Good Luck and God Bless!

Josh Morris spent part of last week fishing at Lake Chickamauga.

Josh Morris spent part of last week fishing at Lake Chickamauga.

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.

POYC Blessing of Fleet this Saturday

The Port Oliver Yacht Club on Barren River Lake will have its annual Blessing and Commissioning of the Fleet this Saturday, April 30, beginning at noon at the club. It is scheduled to conclude about 2 p.m., followed by a reception.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

There is only one bass fishing tournament scheduled for this weekend on Barren River Lake.
Saturday, April 30
The Barren River Fishing League is hosting an open co-ed bass tournament Saturday, April 30.
Take-off is scheduled for 6 a.m. CT from the Port Oliver Recreation Area ramp, with weigh-in set for 2 p.m. at the ramp.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at 270-618-1436 or ronniestinson2003@yahoo.com.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
How beautiful this week has been on Barren River Lake.
First off, I would like to thank Shimano and G Loomis for sending the Shimano experience team in to fish with me Monday. I was truly honored by the opportunity.  Ethan and Lance were very informative. I got to try out a ton of different rod and reel combos.
If anyone has questions about Shimano or G Loomis send me an email and I will be glad to answer any questions. Chances are I have used what ever you have a question on.
A lot of people were on the water and if you saw a big blue Shimano Skeeter boat or the wrapped truck that was us.
Now on to the fishing.
Bass are on the beds water temps were near 70. We caught fish sight fishing bedding fish in shallow coves on muddy and gravely areas. Soft plastics were the trick also the blue gills were really bothering the bass so a blue gill type jig or plastic worked well.  Just hit the pockets and go easy watching for the bass. When you find them pitch in the nest and watch, the fish will let you know if it will bite. They are like a cat watching a mouse at times watch the fins and tail.  They are scattered it’s a run and gun deal but it is fun!
Crappie are around bushes in about 8 feet of water. Some are being caught up Beaver Creek on laydowns. The water is still very low and the usual haunts are not under water for this time of year.
Blue gills are in the shallow water too. It’s hard to beat a tube of crickets.
Catfish should be heating up I would say liver or night crawlers on long points or flats.
Thanks for reading 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.

Jacksonian Days in Scottsville April 21-23

Scottsville’s annual Jacksonian Days is scheduled this weekend, April 21-23.
The festivities begin Thursday, April 21, with the Spring Lights Dogwood Festival, and conclude with the Street Fair on Saturday, April 23.
For information on these or any Jacksonians Days events, contact the Allen County- Scottsville Chamber of Commerce at 270-237-4782.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, April 21
Spring Lights Dogwood Festival
5:30 p.m., Scottsville Baptist Church.
Free.
Friday, April 22
Open Horse Show
7 p.m., Allen County Saddle Club.
$3 Admission, six years and under free.
Grandest Ole Opry Variety Show
7 p.m., Allen County-Scottsville High School.
$8 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, free under six.
Saturday, April 23
Bass Tournament
6 a.m.- 2 p.m., Port Oliver Recreation Area.
$30 per person.
5K Run, One-Mile Run/Walk
8:30 a.m., Allen County Health Department.
$15 entry for Run/Walk, $20 for 5K.
Street Fair
9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Scottsville Square.
Free.
Automotive Show
9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Scottsville Baptist Parking Lot.
Free.
Heritage Day
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Allen County Historical Society.
Free.
Spring Fling Demolition Derby
6 p.m., Allen County Fairgrounds.
$10 per person.
Grandest Ole Opry Variety Show
7 p.m., Allen County-Scottsville High School.
$8 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, free under six.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

There is one bass fishing tournament scheduled this weekend on Barren River Lake.
Saturday, April 23
The annual Jacksonian Bass Tournament, benefiting the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, April 23.
Take-off is set for 6 a.m., from the Port Oliver Recreation Area ramp, with weigh-in at 2 p.m. at Port Oliver.
It is an open tournament with on-site registration, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
Cost is $30 per person with three-fish limit per boat and one big fish per boat.
Lunch will be served.
For more information, contact Morris Hogue at 270-793-4411 or Brett Coffee at 270-622-1175.

Fishermen: If you have a tournament that you would like for us to feature. Please send the information at least one week before the tournament. Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments are posted every Monday, prior to the tournaments. 

Barren River drowning victim recovered

UPDATE: 
Authorities have recovered the body of Vehab Cuturic, 35, of Bowling Green at about 5:20.

Search Underway for Barren River Drowning Victim
Warren County officials are searching the Barren River, near the Greencastle Dam for an apparent drowning victim.
Officials received the report of a fisherman that had fallen into the river at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
The victim is believed to be a 35-year-old male.
We will update as more information becomes available.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
I don’t have a lot of info that will be very helpful this week on Barren River Lake.
Fish are still very scattered and hard to find. This warm trend should start moving them up.
Water temp Monday was in the mid to upper 50s.
Crappie are shallow mostly and are being caught on jigs and minnows. A few are still being caught long line trolling in the channels.
It’s going to be a great weekend!
Two tournaments on Sunday so go out and fill the boats!
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.

Fishing new lake? Throw what you know!

By Josh Morris
I have the opportunity to fish a new lake later this month. It can be a daunting task preparing for the unknown.
I think most people tend to over analyze a new body of water.
Questions that always seem to perplex fishermen what’s the hot bait, where are the fish holding, what’s the water temperature, what type of structure. Just to name a few.
Then it hit me today while talking to a buddy about fishing new water.
KISS keep it simple stupid!
I do think we give fish way too much credit. They want food and cover. Much like men, they aren’t that hard to figure out.
Of course, try telling that to a tournament angler or a woman and you will get scoffed at.
Fish have seasonal patterns that can be affected by water temperature, length of day and weather.
Hey, if you know where they are in their seasonal pattern fish what you have confidence in.
In my opinion, confidence in a lure helps more than anything. If you know it will work, most times it will produce.
This doesn’t mean not to change up or tweak what you are doing. It doesn’t mean don’t learn new techniques.
It does mean to go with what you know best, especially to start of on new water.
Don’t second guess using what you like to throw, providing  it will fit the conditions.
In closing, I hope I can remember to take my own advice and throw what I know. I hope this can help some of you to calm the new lake jitters.
God Bless you all and thanks for reading.

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.