Colorfall provides autumn updates

By Beth Holbrook
Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism

Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.
Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 29th year. ColorFall features a website (www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons) that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year, including reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks throughout the Commonwealth.Besides tips on timing trips to parks, forests and arboretums for peak color, ColorFall website visitors will also find listings of special fall events and an Instagram hashtag for uploading digital photos of your own fall travels. The program, including the website, runs Oct.1-Nov. 9.
Dean Henson, the park manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and a former naturalist, says that many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season.
“The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors,” notes Henson, a popular contributor to ColorFall with his blog posts on foliage stages. “For those seasons when the fickle mix of environmental factors is just right, waiting eyes are rewarded with a beaming display of color.”

Day use fees waived Saturday, Sept. 27

This Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive its day use fees at all of its boat launch ramps and swimming beaches, including those at Barren River Lake.
Fees will be waived at ramps at Baileys Point, Beaver Creek, Peninsula, the Narrows, Browns Ford, and Port Oliver, as will the day use fee at the Quarry Road Beach.
The Corps is waiving its fees nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day this Saturday, Sept. 27.
However, the waiver does not apply to the Corps campgrounds.
For more information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake by calling 270-646-2055.

Barren River Lake State Park to host PhotoScenic Weekend Oct. 10-11

The 2014 edition of the PhotoScenic Kentucky Weekend will be at Barren River Lake State Resort Park Oct. 10-11.
This is the 52nd year of PhotoScenic Weekend, conducted in cooperation with Kentucky State Parks. The all-digital photography workshop will cost $10 for adults; children under 12 are free.
This year’s featured speaker is Jack Corn, noted documentary photographer and former director of photography at the Chicago Tribune.
An open critique and competition made up of photos shot during the past year and submitted by those attending will be conducted Friday evening. Those photos must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Photographing by the participants will take place all day Saturday. The Saturday night session will be an open critique and competition of the photographs made during the weekend.
The weekend is coordinated by Bill Luster, a retired photographer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and by Tom Hardin, former Courier-Journal director photography. For registration contact Bill Luster at:bluster@twc.com.
The park is offering a special lodging rate for participants. Call the park at 270-646-2151.

Barren River Lake Trashmasters Classic scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 20

The Barren River Lake Trashmasters Classic Lakeshore Cleanup is this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are needed to pick up trash along the shoreline, as well as pontoon boats and drivers to help transport people and trash.
Volunteers can gather at the boat ramps at Port Oliver Recreation Area, Bailey’s Point, Walnut Creek, the Barren River Lake State Park, and the Narrows,  at 8 a.m. to be shuttled by boat to various shorelines around the lake.
Boat volunteers will receive either a $40 fuel card or two nights free camping and a power wash of their pontoon.
At noon, all volunteers will gather at the Barren River Lake State Park former beach for the beach party, complete with a cookout, live music and door prizes.
The Trashmasters Classic is hosted by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake.
For more information, call the Corps office at 270-646-2055

Fox sweeps Walmart BFL tournaments on Barren River Lake; Key wins co-angler

Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tenn., and Travis Key of Perryville, Ky., claimed top honors during the Sept. 13-14 Walmart Bass Fishing League (Mountain Division) tournament on Barren River Lake. Fox also won the May 31 Walmart BFL tournament on Barren River Lake.
Fox won the boater division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 34 lbs. 14 ozs., while Key captured the co-angler division with 10 bass weighing 20 lbs. 12 ozs.

The two-day tournament had 230 participants (115 boaters, 115 co-anglers).
The top 23 places in both divisions received checks. Fox won $6,188 for his win. Key won $3,094.
Joe Slagle of Bristol, Tenn., won the boater division Big Bass check for $862 with a catch of 6 lbs. 2 ozs., while Larry Brandenburg of Richmond, Ky., captured the co-angler division Big Bass prize of $431 with a 4 lb. 12 oz. catch.

Top 10 Boater Division
1. Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., 10 fish, 34 lbs. 14 ozs., $6,188.
2. Kevin Snider, Elizabethtown, Ky., 10 fish, 32 lbs. 9 ozs., $3,094.
3. Keith Monson, Burgis, Ky., 10 fish, 30 lbs. 1 oz., $2,062.
4. Chris Gerrein Villa Hills, 10 fish, 25 lbs. 1 oz., $1444.
5. Vernon Sowers, Richmond, Ky., 9 fish, 23 lbs. 11 ozs., $1,238.
6. Joe Slagle, Bristol, Tenn., 9 fish, 23 lbs. 5 ozs., $1,134.
7. Tim Smiley, White Pine, Tenn., 9 fish, 22 lbs. 2 ozs., $1,031 + $300 Evinrude Bonus.
8. Brad Roberts, Faubush, Ky., 10 fish, 22 lbs. 2 ozs., $928.
9. Josh Bolen, Wayland, Ky., 10 fish, 21 lbs. 12 ozs., $825.
10. Phillip Williams Jr., Jamestown, Ky., 10 fish, 21 lbs. 5 ozs., $722.
Other locals in the Boater Division Top 50
14. David Upchurch, Columbia, Ky., 6 fish, 16 lbs. 8 ozs., $550.
18. Steve Whitaker, Scottsville, Ky., 7 fish, 14 lbs. 3 ozs., $454.
21. Dustin McKinney, Glasgow, Ky., 7 fish, 13 lbs. 10 ozs., $406.
26. Michael Bean, Bowling Green, Ky., 5 fish, 9 lbs. 15 ozs.
28. Michael Emberton, Tompkinsville, Ky., 5 fish, 9 lbs. 13 ozs.
33. Tim Leek, Bowling Green, Ky., 5 fish, 8 lbs. 9 ozs.
35. Shane Winchester, Glasgow, Ky., 3 fish, 8 lbs. 6 ozs.

Top 10 Co-Angler Division
1. Travis Key, Perryville, Ky., 10 fish, 20 lbs. 12 ozs., $3,094.
2. Shane Sparks, Allardt, Tenn., 8 fish, 18 lbs. 15 ozs., $1,547.
3. Michael Aldridge, Scottsville, Ky., 8 fish, 17 lbs. 4 ozs., $1,029.
4. Paul Flatt, Cookeville, Tenn., 8 fish, 17 lbs. 2 ozs., $722.
5. Andy Spencer, Glasgow, Ky., 7 fish, 15 lbs. 10 ozs., $619.
6. Robert Bowman, Coxs Creek, Ky., 6 fish, 14 lbs. 3 ozs., $567.
7. Sam Loveless, Somerset, Ky., 7 fish, 13 lbs. 11 ozs., $516.
8. Tyler Wheet, Eubank, Ky., 6 fish, 12 lbs. 11 ozs., $464.
9. Larry Brandenburg, Richmond, Ky., 6 fish, 12 lbs. 9 ozs., $413.
10. Mark Major, Lancaster, Ky., 6 fish, 12 lbs. 9 ozs., $361.
Other locals in the Co-Angler Top 50
14. Dale Habegger, Scottsville, Ky., 6 fish, 11 lbs. 14 ozs., $275.
28. Steven Paul Brown, Tompkinsville, Ky., 3 fish, 5 lbs. 2 ozs.
31. Jordan Keen, Scottsville, Ky., 2 fish, 4 lbs. 15 ozs.
46. Seth Graves, Tompkinsville, Ky., 1 fish, 3 lbs. 12 ozs.
47. Pete Clark, Bowling Green, Ky., 3 fish, 3 lbs. 11 ozs.

30th Barren River Lake Trashmasters Lakeshore Fall Cleanup will be Sept. 20

The 30th annual Barren River Lake Trashmasters Classic Lakeshore Cleanup is this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon.
For four hours, volunteers pick up trash along the shoreline, and then afterward can celebrate their success with a beach party, complete with a cookout, live music and door prizes.
Volunteers can gather at the boat ramps at Port Oliver Recreation Area, Bailey’s Point, Walnut Creek, the Barren River Lake State Park, the Peninsula, the Narrows, and Beaver Creek at 8 a.m. to be shuttled by boat to various shorelines around the lake.
Volunteers with pontoon boats are also needed at each ramp to assist with shuttling volunteers around the lake. Boat volunteers will receive either a $30 fuel card or two nights free camping and a power wash of their pontoon.
At noon, all volunteers will gather at the Barren River Lake State Park former beach for the beach party.
The Trashmasters Classic is hosted by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake.
For more information, call the Corps office at 270-646-2055

Walmart BFL Mountain Division will be fishing Barren River Lake Sept. 13-14

The Walmart Bass Fishing League’s Mountain Division will fish Barren River Lake Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14.
Boaters and co-anglers are scheduled to take off from Port Oliver Recreation Area, adjacent to the Barren River Lake Dam, at 7 a.m. on both days. Weigh-in on Saturday will be at 3 p.m. at Port Oliver, while Sunday’s weigh-in will be at 4 p.m. at the Glasgow Walmart.
Registration for the open tournament is Friday, Sept. 12, from 4-6 p.m., at the Glasgow Walmart (2345 Happy Valley Rd.). A pre-tournament meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.
Entry fee is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers.
Payback for the Super Tournament is based on the number of paid entries.
With 40 boaters/co-anglers, the tournament will pay the first place boater $9,000 and the co-angler $4,500; second place boater $4,500 and the co-angler $2,250; and third place boater $3,000 and the co-angler $1,500.
In addition, there is a $1,500 Big Bass prize.
Prizes will be based on a five-fish limit, with a 15-in. size limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass, and 12-in. size limit on spotted bass.
For details, click on Walmart Bass Fishing League at Barren River Lake.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division.
The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy.

Falling water temps improve fishing

By Don Ingram
With air temperatures predicted to fall into the 7o’s by the weekend, falling water temperatures can not be far behind.
When the water temperature drops into the upper 60’s, look for fall fishing to be at its best. Concentrate on shallow pockets and flats adjacent to the river and creek channels. All species of fish will become more active as the water temperatures drop.
One technique that works well during October for largemouth bass is flipping a Prowler tube bait. Tube baits have become extremely popular with anglers the last few years and are very productive during the fall. They come in a variety of colors and sizes resembling crawfish and shad which is the natural prey of all species of bass.
The proper equipment is essential for flipping tube baits. I use a 7’6 foot G-Loomis flipping stick with a Shimano reel rigged with 25lb P-Line CXX line. Texas rig the tube bait with a 1/8 ounce sinker. To increase your chances of landing bass on a tube bait, use a 4/0 Mustad Mega Bite tube hook specifically designed for tube baits. The angle of the hook point in relation to the hook eye will increase your chances of getting a good hook-up when a bass bites the tube bait.
The smaller profile of the tube bait makes it an excellent choice during fall when weather conditions change every couple of days. Concentrate on stumps, brush piles, and isolated wood on the flats. During cold front conditions, look for bass on lay-down trees close to the old river and creek channels or any type of structure near deep water.
Fishing tube baits during fall offers anglers two chances of enticing a strike. The strike generated by a feeding fish or a reaction strike generated by the erratic action of the lure as its being flipped. Bass like smaller profile type baits during this time of year because they resemble the action of the baitfish. Double your chances of catching bass in the fall and try flipping a Prowler tube bait. If you see an angler in a white and red Skeeter ZX20 with a Yamaha Four Stroke flipping a tube bait, you can bet I’m catching fish.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article titled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

Barren River Lake State Park offers Camping Special during September

Barren River Lake State Park Campground is offering a Stay One Night, Get the Second Night FREE! Sept. 2-30 Sunday through Thursday.
It is available for all of the park’s campsites.
Click RESERVATIONS and use the promo code FALL 2014 when booking online or calling the park at 270-646-2151.
The Stay One Night, Get the Second Night FREE! special is available at all Kentucky state parks. 
Offer excludes Kentucky Horse Park and Sept. 14-18, 2014 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

Life Jackets are the most important part of Labor Day holiday boating and safety

As you prepare to take to the water this Labor Day, don’t forget the most important part of your trip- your life jackets.
Despite how good of a swimmer you may be, anything can happen while you are on the water that may prevent you from having a safe holiday.
The U.S. Coast Guard offers these tips on How to Choose the Right Life Jacket.
Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are inflatable — as compact as a scarf or fanny pack until they hit water, when they automatically fill with air.
There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water!
Things to Know:
- Certain life jackets are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing.
- To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
- All states have regulations regarding life jacket wear by children.
- Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly, and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
- Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded, or leaky jackets should be discarded.
- Life jackets must be properly stowed.
- A life jacket — especially a snug-fitting flotation coat or deck-suit style — can help you survive in cold water.
All Recreational Boats Must Carry Life Jacket:
All recreational boats must carry one wearable life jacket (Type I, II, III or Type V lifejacket) for each person aboard. A Type V lifejacket provides performance of either a Type I, II, or III lifejacket (as marked on its label) and must be used according to the label requirements. Any boat 16ft and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable lifejacket (Type IV lifejacket).
Lifejackets must be:
- Coast Guard approved,
- in good and serviceable condition, and
- the appropriate size for the intended user.
Accessibility
- Wearable lifejackets must be readily accessible.
- You must be able to put them on in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency (vessel sinking, on fire, etc.).
- They should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed compartments or have other gear stowed on top of them.
- The best lifejacket is the one you will wear.
- Though not required, a lifejacket should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway. A wearable lifejacket can save your life, but only if you wear it.
- Throwable devices must be immediately available for use.