Use caution viewing fireworks from lake

In addition to viewing the Barren River Lake July 4 fireworks from the state park, many others will be observing the fireworks from their boats on the lake. Viewing the fireworks on the lake, while a great vantage point, does require added caution.
All boat ramps around the lake are open, but with recent rains, restrictions may be in effect.
Discoverboating provides these additional tips when viewing fireworks from the water:
* Check that all running and anchor lights are working properly.
* Make sure you have all of your safety equipment including a whistle (or other approved noise-making advice).
* Remember you need life jacket for everyone on board. Sometimes you’ll have more passengers than usual for a special trip like this, so a life-jacket count is important. Remember that water-enforcement authorities will be out in numbers.
* Use ear protection for children or hearing-sensitive adults. The sound of exploding fireworks is greatly amplified across open water.
* Think about leaving pets at home. The disorienting lights and loud sounds can cause anxiety in even the calmest animal. And there are already enough distractions for the captain and crew.
* Find a good spot well before the show starts. Whether you’re beaching, rafting with other boats, or dropping anchor in open water, you will not regret getting there a little early and staking your claim while there’s still some daylight.
* For the safety of your passengers and other boaters, keep alcohol off limits for the captain.
* Don’t add to the show. That means turning off all non-required lights onboard and never launch your own fireworks from the boat. It just detracts from the viewing experience for your boat and everyone around you.
* Keep your radio off or turned down. There will be plenty of ambient noise and sounds to keep you occupied.
* Don’t be in a hurry to leave. Most accidents happen when there’s a mad dash back to the dock. Often the ones in a hurry have not heeded the advice to stay away from the holiday “spirits.” You’ve already taken the time to get set up and properly anchored. Enjoy the mass exodus and a sky full of stars while the crowds file out of the area.
Enjoy the fireworks and be safe on the water!

Fishing Tournaments June 29- July 5

There are no fishing tournaments scheduled for Barren River Lake June 29- July 5, other than the regular weekday tournaments.

Weekday Tournaments out of Port Oliver Recreation Area:
Mondays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 2 Fish 1 slot included
Tuesdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – One fish (big fish)
Thursdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 3 fish one slot included
All times are Central Time.

Yankee Doodle Regatta will be July 4

The Port Oliver Yacht Club‘s annual Yankee Doodle Regatta will be sailing across Barren River Lake on Saturday, July 4.
The annual regatta is FREE to members.
It will be followed by a barbeque and watching the fireworks at the Barren River Lake State Park at dark.
The captains meeting is at 10 a.m., with the regatta set to begin shortly after.

Concerts, fireworks highlight July 4 weekend in Barren River Lake region

This Fourth of July weekend is not short of things to do around Barren River and Lake.
Concerts and fireworks will mark the holiday around the region.
Here is the lineup (if you know of more, please let me know):

Friday, July 3

The country band, Diamond Rio, will be providing a FREE concert Friday, July 3, on the Square in Scottsville (just south of Barren River Lake), in honor of Allen County’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Diamond Rio is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. CT. Prior to the Diamond Rio concert, local band, Sweet Water, will be performing beginning at 5 p.m. on the Square.
Between the bands, a variety of local artists will be performing on a separate stage near the Square. A variety of food and drink vendors will also be on the Square.
The concert is being sponsored by the Dollar General Corporation, founded 1939 in Scottsville.

The 44th annual Thunderfest, sponsored by the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, will be Friday, July 3, (rain date is July 5) 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.
There will be concessions, live music, children’s activities, inflatables and a live broadcast. Live music will be provided by Tyrone Dunn and Kin-Foke.
Thunderfest is sponsored by  Citizens First Bank.

The Louisville Orchestra will perform at the 16th annual Concert on the Square in Glasgow, Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. CT.
Admission is FREE.
The concert will include a variety of pop and patriotic music.
Seated is limited, so bring a chair or blanket.
Food and drink vendors will be available.
Sponsored by the Glasgow-Barren County Community Foundation, Inc.

July 4
The annual Friends of Barren River Lake and Park fireworks at Barren River Lake State Park will be Saturday, July 4, at dark.
Admission is FREE.
There will be activities throughout the day at the park, including a concert by the Kyle Whitaker Band from 6-9 p.m. CT.
The park will have Beat the Heat games, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and the annual Whatever Floats Your Boat competition at the Louie B. Nunn pool at 4 p.m.

The Allen County Bicentennial Celebration will sponsor fireworks on Dumont Hill in Scottsville Saturday, July 4, at dark.
This FREE event will include parking on Dumont Hill with a viewing area for the fireworks with choreographed music.

31.7 lb. flathead wins Noodling Tourney

Team Spellman, composed of Eric Spellman, Wade Brewer and Brandon Hodges, won the Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament Saturday, June 28, with a 31.7 lb. flathead catfish. They won $1,000 for their big fish.

Team Spellman won the Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament with a 31.7 lb. flathead catfish. Wade Brewer and Eric Spellman hold the winning fish. Brandon Hughes was absent.

Team Spellman won the Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament with a 31.7 lb. flathead catfish. Wade Brewer and Eric Spellman hold the winning fish.
Brandon Hughes was absent.

Nine teams competed in the 3rd annual tournament. However, only five weighed in at Barren River Boat Shop.

Second place and $500 went to Team Farmer of Steve Farmer, Dillon Huffine and Justin Stinson, with a 29.05 lb. flathead catfish.

Third place went to Team Steenbergen, composed of Ronnie Steenbergen, Tim Baldwin, Tucker Baldwin, and Phillip Brandon with a 26.65 lb. flathead. They got $350 for their finish.

Spellman said that they caught their winner in about 3 ft. of water in a homemade box. She did not put up much of a fight, he said.

Team Farmer, the 2nd place team, hauled in three good size flathead catfish, but only the biggest counted toward the tournament. Justin Stinson holds a 19.3 lb. cat, Dillon Huffine holds a 24.32 lb. cat, and Steve Farmer holds a 29.05 lb. cat.

Team Farmer, the 2nd place team, hauled in three good size flathead catfish, but only the biggest counted toward the tournament. Justin Stinson holds a 19.3 lb. cat, Dillon Huffine holds a 24.32 lb. cat, and Steve Farmer holds a 29.05 lb. cat.

Team Steenbergen with Ronnie Steenbergen, Tim Baldwin, Tucker Baldwin and Phillip Brandon brought in the third place flathead catfish, weighing 26.65 lbs.

Team Steenbergen with Ronnie Steenbergen, Tim Baldwin, Tucker Baldwin and Phillip Brandon brought in the third place flathead catfish, weighing 26.65 lbs.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report June 26

By Josh Morris

The heat and the crazy weather has effected the fishing this week.  Fish are still being caught, but it has slowed down considerably.

Bass are a bit scattered, with the majority of good fish being caught on the main lake.  Try points and deep brush piles.  This week the fish aren’t eating very good, so soft plastics on shakey heads, Texas rigged, and Carolina rigged seem to be best.

Crappie may be found 10 to 15 feet deep on brush piles on jigs or minnows.  Also some are being caught trolling.

Hybrids can be caught trolling between and around the islands with live bait, or casting into jumps if they are found. I also have seen some small jumps up creeks.  Look for the shad.

Blue Gills can be caught on bluffs with crickets. Also check in coves.

Catfish- channels are still being caught around 10 feet deep with chicken liver and cut bait.  Also jug lines, trot lines, and limb lines are producing.

Weekday Tournaments out of Port Oliver Recreation Area:
Mondays 6-9:30 p.m. -2 Fish 1 slot included
Tuesdays 6-9:30 p.m. – One fish (big fish)
Thursdays 6-9:30 p.m.- 3 fish one slot included
All times are Central Time.

Thanks for reading God Bless and tight lines.

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 spotted@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, Psycho Fishing Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

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Sunglasses are essentials for anglers

By Kevin Kelly
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.
It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.
“More than just the damage or discomfort from the bright light, you start getting eye strain because you’re squinting to make your pupil even smaller because your pupil doesn’t get small enough naturally,” said Dr. Seema Capoor, an associate professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky. “The squinting causes brow ache and tension headaches. It’s much more comfortable and safer with sunglasses.”
However, not all sunglasses are created equal. The best cut glare and make it easier to see into the water but also block the sun’s harmful rays.
Amid a sea of brands and styles and lens types and colors at a wide range of prices, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices, so stick to some basic criteria when selecting a pair.
“For something like fishing where you’ve got a lot of reflection off the surface of the water and you’re out in direct sunlight my recommendation would be to go with more of the wraparound style of sunglasses,” Capoor said. “Get the good UV filter in the lenses and polarization. The anti-reflective coating or mirror coating on the outside surface is also very helpful.”
Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of ultraviolet rays.
Ultraviolet radiation can affect different layers of the eye and continued exposure without protection may lead to permanent eye damage. Regular use of sunglasses can slow down cataract formation and lessen the risks of macular degeneration. They can also retard the development of pterygium, an eye condition distinguished by a wing-like growth on the cornea that can interfere with vision and affect anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, Capoor said.
“We know it’s associated with exposure to ultraviolet light,” she said. “Fishermen get it a lot. Farmers get it. And closer to the equator where people are at higher altitudes, they get it. It can start out young and then the continued exposure without protection can make it progress and get worse. It can require surgical intervention.”
Children and people with light-colored eyes should be particularly mindful about wearing sunglasses.
“Times have changed and there’s more penetration of ultraviolet light from the atmosphere than there was 30 years ago,” Capoor said. “It is advisable for children, especially blue-eyed or light-eyed children, to be wearing protective sunglasses now.”
Composite lenses made from impact-resistant polycarbonate material are lighter than glass and ideal for anglers.
Polycarbonate also is the preferred lens material for shooting glasses. Protective eye wear is required at all shooting ranges on Wildlife Management Areas in Kentucky.
“Things can happen when you’re shooting guns,” said Mark Marraccini, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and an experienced trap shooter. “A lot of your automatics, whenever the shell is ejected and it comes flying back, little hot flecks of burning powder may come out with it. They’ll get in the corner of your eye and they’re painful. Plus, a lot of times, other people on ranges are shooting and there’s the off chance that you can get ricochets and deflections or pieces of shot. On pistol ranges, bullets shatter when they hit steel silhouettes and you can get sprayed that way.
“It’s important to remember that there’s a real serious explosion at really high pressure that’s happening about three inches in front of your face. When you put it that way, shooting glasses are extremely important.”
On the water, polarized lenses are highly recommended for anglers because they sharpen vision by reducing glare from the sun’s reflection.
Darker lenses don’t necessarily block more UV rays although they may be preferred by people who are extremely sensitive to light. The environmental conditions can dictate the right lens color.
Gray, brown and green tints are best at providing maximum contrast while maintaining clarity and offering the most sun protection, Capoor said.
Most anglers prefer grey, green or amber colored lenses.
Gray is a good all-purpose lens tint that cuts down on extremely bright conditions and won’t distort colors. Green also limits color distortion, reduces glare and improves contrast in bright sun. Brown and amber are versatile tints that cut glare and filter out blue light, increasing contrast and sharpness, especially on cloudy days.
Yellow reduces glare and enhances depth perception and contrast in low light or hazy conditions. It is considered a better option for shooters than anglers.
“Different lens colors will help different colored targets stand out better,” Marraccini said. “In different lighting conditions, they make the targets even more visible than if you weren’t wearing any glasses at all.”
We’re taught to apply sunscreen liberally and often to protect our skin from overexposure to the sun. Sunglasses and shooting glasses are just as important. Summer is a great time to shop around for the right pair and to remember not to leave them at home. Your eyes will thank you.

Fishing tournaments for June 22-28

There are two fishing tournaments scheduled for Barren River Lake June 22- 28, in addition to the regular weekday tournaments.

Weekday Tournaments out of Port Oliver Recreation Area:
Mondays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 2 Fish 1 slot included
Tuesdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – One fish (big fish)
Thursdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 3 fish one slot included
All times are Central Time.

Saturday, June 27-
The National Wild Turkey Federation- Green River Gobblers will host a tournament Saturday, June 27, at 5 a.m. CT from the Port Oliver Recreation Area ramp, with weigh-in set for 1 p.m. CT at the ramp.
It is an OPEN tournament.
For more information, contact Daniel Leathers at dleathers@nwtf.net or by calling 270-889-1642.

Saturday, June 27-
The 3rd annual Barren Big Cat Noodling Tournament will be Saturday, June 27, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, with weigh-in at the Barren River Boat Shop .
It is an OPEN tournament.
Registration and review of rules will be at 6 p.m., CT Friday, June 26, at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow.
For more information, call Barren Outdoors at 270-629-4867.

For more information, click on Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments.

Barren Noodling Tournament June 27

The 3rd annual Barren Big Cat Noodling Tournament will be Saturday, June 27, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, with weigh-in at the Barren River Boat Shop (12766 Scottsville Rd.).
Fish may be weighed in any time during the contest period.
There is a $1,000 guaranteed prize with 100 percent payback.
Entry fee is $100.
Registration and review of rules will be at 6 p.m., CT Friday, June 26, at Barren Outdoors (2433 Scottsville Rd.) in Glasgow.
Teams may consist of up to four people.
Natural fishing only, no hooks, scuba gear or nets.
All fish must be taken from Barren River Lake, its creeks or tributaries.
Noodling may not begin until 6 a.m., CT on June 27.
All fish will be weighed live and will be released.
All participants must follow the fishing rules of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
For more information, call Barren Outdoors at 270-629-4867.