Barren River Lake Fishing Report


By Josh Morris

Josh Morris with a Barren River Lake "hawg."

Josh Morris with a Barren River Lake “hawg.”

We finally got a small reprieve from the heat and rain! It has been gorgeous this week on Barren River Lake.
The water temperature has backed off to the mid 80s. Fishing has continued to be tough; however, I look for it to improve as the water cools. In places, the Thermocline is showing signs of dissipating.
Bass were caught this week on square bill crank baits, Carolina rigged brush hawgs, and on shakey head.
Look for cool water coming in that is a must. I had success on bluffs where I know springs are flowing in. The cooler water and oxygen rich environment is holding fish.
On a side note, I hooked an absolute monster Tuesday afternoon on one of these under water springs I am talking about. The fish hit it once, I set the hook and she didn’t budge just started shaking her head. She got under a log and broke off. I never saw what it was. Could have been a big carp, lol, but it was big. So get out and look for them they are starting to do better.
Crappie are still hit or miss and can be caught trolling bandit crank baits or fishing at night under a light.
Hybrids have been doing pretty good trolling up past Walnut Creek Marina in the channel. There is bait fish everywhere up there, and up the creeks. So, I would think they could be found in the mouths of creeks as well as around the islands.
Catfish have been slow this week.
I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet some readers this week. I really appreciate you folks reading and reaching out. It is very rewarding to know that I am helping folks catch fish, and helping to bring folks to the area.
I have spoke with folks in the last two weeks from Maine and Michigan, all because they have read these reports. So I whole heartedly thank the readers, publishers, and sponsors for the opportunity to share what I know and help people out.
Lastly, this Saturday is the free kids fishing derby at Basil Griffin Park in Bowling Green KY, from 8 a.m.- noon.
A special thanks to Barren Outdoors, Wal Mart FLW, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cabella’s, Coca Cola, Jeff and Sheila Furlong, numerous volunteers, and Barren River Live Bait Shop. All of these folks have donated to help get kids hooked on fishing and without them it would not be possible. It has been an honor to get to partner with so many great people who care about the local young people.

Good Luck and God Bless.

"It wasn't very big, but it put up a fight," said Josh Morris of this Barren River Lake catch.

“It wasn’t very big, but it put up a fight,” said Josh Morris of this Barren River Lake catch.

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.

Kids Fishing Derby Saturday, Aug. 27

KIDS FISHING DERBY 2016 (2)

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello folks! Hope all of you have had a fun and safe summer.
I wish I could report that fishing on Barren River Lake has improved, but I can not. The weather and dog days of summer have the fish in a nomadic stage.
Bass for the most part are suspending in deep water and following shad. It is a near impossibility to pattern these fish as they are on the move and feed in bursts. As the water cools things should heat back up. If you want to catch fish, the safest bet is to go up the river and pitch jigs in wood cover. This is still a tough bite. If you catch a limit you have had a great day. Green is the color. I think if a person wanted to troll you could fish the main lake and pick up some fish. If you happen to find a school of hybrid feeding actively there will be bass with them. Cast a lipless shad type bait, let it sink a bit the bass will be a bit deeper.
Crappie are about 15 feet deep on brush. Night is the best time under light. Use live minnows.
Hybrid are following shad and trolling is the best option. Try at night under submersible green lights as well. I know the cheapest place to get these if you are interested email me.
Catfish are feeding on points and in long coves. Cut bait and liver.
Thank each and everyone of you for reading and emailing questions.
A reminder the free Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8- noon. Bring the kids out and have fun!!
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.

What causes the lake to turn over?

By Josh Morris
I had a request from a reader to do an article about the Barren River Lake turnover. I was glad to get the request, but must admit this was something I knew very little about.
Like all fishermen, I knew about the turn over and had a general idea. It is when the water from the surface gets cooler than the water under it making it denser and it sinks bringing the warmer water from underneath to the surface.
I have seen fish kills happen in ponds when this happens. I know when it occurs, fishing on Barren River Lake gets tough.
Also, from now until the end of September, we will all blame a bad fishing day on “the lake must be trying to turn over.”
The actual factors of barometric pressure, fishing pressure, water temperature, and wind seem to take a back seat.
In my research, I learned quite a few things and hope this will help.
Starting in the spring and over the course of the summer, surface waters absorb a lot of the sun’s energy and can heat extensively, causing them to become quite buoyant.  Winds and storms can cause some mixing and do add some oxygen; atmospheric oxygen is added by the air-water interaction to the oxygen produced within the water by aquatic plants.
But, there is too much difference in temperature between the surface water and that at depth to allow for complete mixing of all the water in the lake.
Because of the density-temperature relationship, many lakes in temperate climates tend to stratify, that is, they separate into distinct layers. The middle layer, known as the thermocline, acts as an effective barrier to any mixing of the deeper waters.
Toward the end of summer, the deep water becomes quite depleted of oxygen because no mixing has taken place.
As the days get shorter and cooler, and energy is transported away from/out of the lake, mixing becomes easier. The cooler water (with a higher oxygen content) at the surface begins to sink into and through the thermocline, forcing warmer and less dense water to the surface, eventually erasing the temperature stratification built up over the summer.
At some point, the majority of the water in the lake reaches an approximately uniform temperature.
Now, storms and sustained high winds can begin to perform the task of overturning and mixing all of the water in the lake — referred to as fall turnover.
The deep water contains an abundance of decaying matter and sulfurous gases; when it reaches the surface, it produces a telltale odor that indicates the process has begun.
Eventually, the turnover mixes fresh oxygen into the entire lake mass, replenishing the deep waters with the life-giving stuff and cleansing the sulfurous fumes from the water, allowing fish to return to the depths where they will spend the winter months.
How this affects fishing on Barren River Lake is a large column of water devoid of oxygen moves to the surface, causing the fish to shut down and search for more oxygenated water.
In most cases it is a gradual breakdown of the thermocline, so if the lake has turned over and the fish don’t seem to be where they were, back off and look a bit deeper as the water with oxygen has become more dense as it cools and sunk to the bottom.
I do think as the water heats up in the summer the fish try to find a cooler spot, they will be in or near the thermocline. That is why the fishing is a bit easier up the river where there is some current and cooler water.
We all know suspended fish on the main lake can be hard to catch.
The turnover is a huge change to the fish’s habitat and opens up a new world of previously oxygen depleted water which makes the fish move. The good news is, post turn over fall fishing patterns begin to start up and great fishing is just around the corner.
I have referenced R. Karl for some of the scientific information I used. He has a very in depth article on thermoclines, water freezing and turn over at http://onthelake.net/fishing/turnover.htm
I have learned a great deal researching this article. I hope this helps you all catch more fish and understand what is going on during the turn over.
One thing to watch is your depth finder. Once you know what to look for you can determine where the thermocline is and if it is starting to dissipate. This will help in finding fish.
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.

Waterfowl blind drawing set for Barren

The annual waterfowl blind drawing for Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area in Allen and Barren counties will be 7 – 9 a.m. (CT), Saturday, Oct. 1. The drawing will be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office, next to the Barren River Lake dam off KY 252.
Hunters interested in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl hunting permit and a federal migratory bird permit (also known as a duck stamp) at the time of the drawing.
Those born after Jan. 1, 1975, who participate in the drawing, must also have their hunter education card.
Hunters interested in participating in these drawings must also have their Harvest Information Program (HIP) confirmation number prior to the drawing. To get a confirmation number, hunters must visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website. Internet access is available at public libraries for those who do not have it.
To receive a confirmation number, hunters must click the “My Profile” tab on the department’s website and answer a few questions. This number must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.
Hunters drawn for blinds on Barren River Lake must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2016-2017 waterfowl seasons. Each drawn hunter may select a co-owner of the blind site for use in the absence of the hunter drawn. The co-owner must be present at the drawing.
Hunters may construct a permanent blind or use a boat or portable blind, but each blind site must be permanently pinned with a permanent marker identifying permit holders for the site. Those hunters selected hold first rights for use of the blind site, but these blind sites are open to public use if the selected hunters are not in the blinds by 30 minutes before shooting time.

Barren River Lake Scout Celebration will be at Tailwater Campground Aug. 12-14

The Barren River Lake Scout Celebration, sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is scheduled for this weekend, Aug. 12-14, at the Tailwater Campground, below the dam.
The annual celebration is for Scouts of all ages and will host almost 250 participants this year.
It will allow scouts to showcase their skills, achievements and talents.
Events, which are open to the public, will begin Friday and conclude Sunday morning. Friday
8 p.m.- Campfire and Movie, Amphitheater.
Saturday
7:45 a.m.- Opening Flag Ceremony, Gilwell Field.
8 a.m.- Unit Registration.
8:30 a.m.- Noon- Cook Off.
8:30-11 a.m.- Junior Olympics.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Free Time.
12:30-2 p.m.- Activities, Skills Tests for all.
2-5:30 p.m.Cook Off.
2-5 p.m.- Older Scout Challenge.
5-6:30 p.m.- Free Time.
6:45 p.m.- Flag Lowering.
7-8:15 p.m.- Social Hour.
8:30 p.m.- Closing Campfire, Presentation of Awards.
Sunday
8:30 a.m.- Closing Flag Ceremony.
8:45 a.m.- Religious Service.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello fine folks!
Fishing on Barren River Lake can be summed up with one syllable, TOUGH!
Unstable weather and hot water has helped to shut the fish down.
Few of anything were caught this week.
Bass can still be picked up on main lake points on big worms. Carolina and Texas rigged. A option that may be good would be go up the river past Browns ford and pitch a green jig. Cooler water might be found up there and some current.
Crappie have been hit or miss with the night bite being the best under a light. About 10 to 15 feet deep.
Hybrid are being caught at night under lights around the islands.
Catfish are good at night. Jug and trot lines. Also, with rod and real using liver and night crawlers.
In closing, I want to let everyone know I will be on WBKO 13 Monday the 15th on Mid Day Live to promote the free kids fishing derby. Please check it out.
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.

Barren River Lake State Park among state’s parks to receive improvements

Barren River Lake State Park is among the four Kentucky state parks that will receive improvements costing an estimated $4.9 million.
It is scheduled to receive repairs to the park’s electrical system.
The other state parks scheduled to receive improvements are Rough River Dam, Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland.
The repairs will be completed over the next two years.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

The Logsdon family and friends had a great day between the islands.

The Logsdon family and friends had a great day between the islands.

By Josh Morris
Hello fine folks. I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and got to spend some time on Barren River Lake. As local schools are starting next week, I am hopeful folks will get their kids on the water this weekend for a little fishing and fun.
On a secondary note, the G Loomis Cup no entry fee team bass tournament is coming up Sept. 24.  If you need some information shoot me an email.
Bass are on the long mud points on the main lake. Crank baits, big worms and jigs are best. Fish are holding 10-15 feet deep. Also don’t rule out a big shakey head with a stick type bait. A lot of time the wormIMG_4038 that floats the best will catch the fish, so if you are not having luck see if what you are using has salt impregnated in it.  These are great, but do not float as well as one without salt.
Hybrids are still being caught trolling between the islands about 15 feet deep. Also, live bait at night under green lights. Again, between the islands is producing some great catches.
Crappie are doing good at night as well.  Fish 10-15 feet deep under green lights. Live bait and jigs work well.
Blue Gill are on bluffs and in coves around some cover. If you are going to take a kidIMG_4037 from the bank, try Port Oliver it has some playgrounds if the kids get bored and should provide plenty of action with live crickets or worms from the bank. Minnows could work too.
Catfish are biting at night on liver or cut bait. They should be really on right now and I would look at points and flats.
I have also received quite a few emails this summer and connected with some really nice folks.  I want to thank you all for the questions and as always feel free to email any you may have!  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.

Don’t Forget: Poker Run this Saturday

The Barren River Lake Poker Run will be THIS Saturday, Aug. 6, to benefit the Friends of Barren River Lake & ParkThe Friends use the funds from the Poker Run to sponsor the annual Trashmaster’s Classic (Sept. 17) and the July 4 fireworks.
Registration for the Poker Run will be at the Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove) from 9 a.m. – noon.
Entry is $25 per “hand,” and there is no limit to the number of “hands” that you may play.
Prizes: $500 best hand, second best hand $250, and third best Poker hand will win $100.
Straight five card Poker rules apply.
Participants may travel by water or land.
This is not a race.
At 4 p.m., all participants will return their “hands” to the state park beach, where the winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
You must be 18 to participate.
Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 13.
(If it does rain, updates will be posted here, BarrenRiverblog.com, or BarrenRiverblog on Twitter for updates.)