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, the Peninsula, the Narrows, and Beaver Creek at 8 a.m. to be shuttled by boat to various shorelines 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, 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.

Dog Days of Summer create challenges for reservoir fishing, try the streams

By Lee McClellan
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The dog days of summer settled over Kentucky in the last week, bringing the hottest temperatures of the year. The summer heat this August is making fishing reservoirs a tough prospect. Even bluegill get grumpy in the larger lakes at this time of year, much less largemouth bass.
“We are getting to the time of year of the maximum production for baitfish, such as shad, in our reservoirs,” said Ryan Oster, fisheries program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Bass and other predator fish don’t have to search hard for food. The bigger lakes are full of 2- to 3-inch shad; a perfect bite-sized meal for them. They shouldn’t be as hungry on our larger lakes.”
Anglers have options now that reservoir fishing is tough during the day. Oster recommends flowing waters such as creeks and tailwaters below the major reservoirs for fishing during the dog days.
Wade fishing a stream for smallmouth bass is a productive and refreshing way to spend a scorching August afternoon. Wading a stream boils fishing down to the essentials; you must carry all of your lures and tackle. Wading harkens back to youthful fishing adventures with older relatives when all you had was one spin cast outfit and a small tackle box.
Streams usually flow low and gentle this time of year, making for easy wading. However, the best fishing of the year is a water rise that follows a soaking rain. Not a flood or water that looks like flowing mud, but a gentle rise that slightly stains the water. Smallmouth bass move to flowing shoals when creeks rise in late summer and hit 4-inch black finesse worms with abandon. They also crush dark brown creature baits that imitate crayfish.
When streams flow at normal levels in July and August, downsize your lure selection for stream smallmouth bass. A 3-inch Senko-style soft plastic jerkbait really shines in low, clear late summer water. Those in hues of green or brown with gold, green, blue, silver or red glitter seem to catch more smallmouths now than those with just black flakes or no flakes at all.
Topwater lures work well right now in the first and last hours of the day. Smaller, subtler topwaters such as a floating/diving minnow draw more strikes in late summer than loud, aggressive topwaters such as a buzzbait. The peak of topwater fishing on streams is still on the horizon in September.
Log on to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and click on the “Recreational Fishing” tab, then the “Stream Fisheries” tab for a list of smallmouth streams in Kentucky. Click on the “Where to Fish” tab for public access spots on these streams.
Forget the big lakes during the day in July and August. The flowing waters are best right now.

Observe boating safety this Labor Day

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the boating season. Boaters, kayakers and canoeists will swarm waters all over Kentucky during the holiday weekend, squeezing the last bit of fun out of what many consider the last weekend of summer.
Boaters who plan to hit the water should keep in mind some important considerations before they launch their motor boat, canoe or kayak over the holiday weekend and the upcoming fall fishing season.
“There are more non-motorized boats, such as kayaks and canoes, on the water every day,” said Zac Campbell, boating education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Their low profile makes them easy to overlook by motor boat operators.”
Sales of non-motorized boats, especially fishing kayaks, rose dramatically over the past decade as more people found their low cost, simplicity of operation and ease of transport appealing.
“A canoe or kayak has much less maneuverability to avoid danger than a motorized boat,” Campbell said. “Those using non-motorized boats should wear their lifejacket at all times while on the water.”
Campbell also recommends canoeing or kayaking in a group as wakes from motor boats can upset a canoe or kayak. “It is a good idea to bring a square, throwable personal floatation device to help friends in case of trouble,” Campbell said. “People in canoes and kayaks on our waters should stay close to shore and out of congested areas.”
Boater’s fatigue is another challenge for boat operators. The combination of sun, dehydration and the movement of the boat along with the concentration required to safely operate a boat takes its toll and can induce an almost trance-like state.
“Stabilizing yourself while driving the boat requires energy,” Campbell said. “The pounding your body takes while riding in a boat also drains energy.”
These stressors dull the senses and slow the reaction time of someone operating a boat.
“When you add consuming alcohol on top of these other factors, it makes for a potentially dangerous situation,” Campbell said. “Boater’s fatigue affects you without alcohol. Consuming alcohol makes it worse. Don’t consume alcohol if you plan to operate a boat.”
Navigational buoys often cause confusion for boat operators, especially inexperienced ones. “The red and green buoys mark the channel and keep boats from running aground in shallow areas,” Campbell said. “Buoys are the traffic signals on our waterways and guide operators in a safe manner.”
An easy to remember phrase, “red, right, returning,” helps boaters navigate these buoys correctly. When the boat is moving upstream on a river or up the lake (away from the dam) on a reservoir, keep the red navigation buoy on your right.
The reverse is true when the boat is moving downstream on a river or down the lake (toward the dam) on a reservoir. Keep the green navigation buoy on your right: “red, right, returning.”
“Other buoys must be obeyed as well,” Campbell said. “You may receive a citation for violating a no wake zone.”
Buoys with a diamond indicate a hazard or underwater obstruction while those with a crossed diamond mean the area is closed to boating. Buoys with a square relate non-regulatory information such as directions.
Boaters should double check their boats for the required safety equipment such as a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket in good working order and readily available for all occupants of the vessel.
Persons under 12 years of age must wear their lifejacket at all times in the open portion of a boat that is underway. Boats operating on Kentucky waters must have a working fire extinguisher that is not expired located for immediate use and signaling devices such as a loud whistle or horn. All boats must also have a Type IV personal floatation device designed to be thrown such as a ring or a square that resembles a seat cushion.
Keep these things in mind before hitting the water over the Labor Day weekend and during fishing season this fall.

Barren River Lake waterfowl blind drawing set Oct. 4 at Corps office

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake and Sloughs Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).
Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years of age 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.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Barren River Lake WMA in Allen and Barren counties will be from 7- 9 a.m. (Central) Saturday, Oct. 4. The drawing will be held at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office, located at the Barren River Lake dam off KY 252.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Doug Travis WMA in Carlisle and Hickman counties will be 10 a.m. (Central) Saturday, Aug. 30. The drawing will be held at the WMA office, located one-half mile south of Berkley on KY 123. Registration begins at 9 a.m. (Central)
The waterfowl blind drawing for Lake Barkley WMA in Trigg and Lyon counties will be 8 a.m. (Central) Monday, Sept. 15. The drawing will be held at the shelter on the east side of the Cumberland River at Lake Barkley Dam, located off U.S. 62 near Lake City. Participants should use the Power House entrance then turn right toward the drawing location.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Sloughs WMA in Henderson and Union counties will be 7 p.m. (Central) Wednesday, Sept. 24. The drawing will be held at Union County Middle School located off U.S. 60 west in Morganfield. Registration begins at 6 p.m. (Central)
The waterfowl blind drawing for Green River Lake WMA in Taylor and Adair counties will be 10 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday, Sept. 27. The drawing will be held at the Green River Lake Corps of Engineers office, located off KY 55 approximately seven miles south of Campbellsville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. (Eastern).
Hunters drawn for blinds on Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Green River Lake, Barren River Lake or Sloughs WMAs must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2014-2015 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.