Barren River Fishing League announces 2018 fishing tournament schedule

The Barren River Fishing League has announced its 2018 fishing tournament schedule.
The tournaments will be monthly, March- October.
Takeoff and weigh-in will be at Port Oliver Recreation Area for each tournament.
All membership fees for the early boat draw are due to Matt or Ronnie before Wednesday, Jan. 31. A least one membership per team must be paid to be eligible for the early boat draw.
The early boat draw will be Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Allen County Extension Office, located at 200 East Main St. in Scottsville.
If you or your partner cannot make the draw and still want your hands at a good boat number you can pay $20 and a number will be drawn for you. This fee will go to the classic fund.
For more information, contact Ronnie at 270-618-1436.
Barren River Fishing League 2018 Schedule
March 17, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
April 7, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
May 5, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
June 9, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
*July 7, 6 p.m.- 1 a.m.
*Aug. 4, 6 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Sept. 15, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Oct. 20, 6:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
* night tournaments


Hunters harvested 119 Sandhill Cranes during annual season, Dec. 16- Jan. 14

With the end of the 2017-18 Sandhill Crane season, Jan. 14, hunters harvested 119 cranes during the season that began Dec. 16, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
– 115 in Barren County,
– 3 in Hardin County,
– 1 in Taylor County.
Hunters were limited to a daily and season bag limit of two cranes. The statewide quota was 400.
Hunters reported their Sandhill Crane harvest via Telecheck within 24 hours of the harvest.

The annual harvests have been:
– 119 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2017-2018.
– 171 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2016-2017.
– 75 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2015-2016.
– 96 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2014-2015.
– 87 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2013-2014.
– 92 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2012-2013.
– 50 Sandhill Cranes harvested 2011-2012 (first season).

Army Corps of Engineers seeking park attendant at The Narrows campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake is seeking a park attendant at The Narrows Campground on Barren River Lake for the upcoming 2018 camping season.
It is a contracted, paid position.
The Narrows Campground is a 92-site area located near a marina and boat launch ramp. It is a moderately sized campground. There are two loops open the full camping season. The Narrows Campground opens May 17.
For more information and to apply, click The Narrows Campground  park attendant.

Car recovery underway at Peninsula ramp

The Barren County Rescue Dive Team is expected to return to the water again tomorrow in an attempt to remove a car that rolled into Barren River Lake at the Peninsula boat ramp. There was no one in the car.
The car rolled into the lake after its owner left it unattended on the ramp as she looked for a dog.
Rescuers went into the water throughout the day today, but due to poor conditions, called the search off until tomorrow.
Others responding to the accident were the Barren County Sheriff’s Department and South Barren Fire Department.
The owner of the car has not been identified.

Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow at Kentucky Exposition Center Jan. 24-28

The 2018 Progressive® Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow® returns January 24-28, to the Kentucky Exposition Center. The show will feature hundreds of the newest model boats and RVs, along with a selection of boating, outdoor and fishing accessories, educational seminars for all levels, and interactive activities for all ages!
This year’s event offers a variety of opportunities for family fun including the world-renowned Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel, a show-floor poker run with a chance to win exciting prizes and an interactive paddlesports pool, where attendees can get out on the water and try stand-up paddleboarding! Little ones will especially enjoy free fishing at the trout pond. A full lineup of features and seminars, including the popular Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center can be found online.
Tickets to the show are on sale now at Tickets cost $10 in advance online, and at the box office cost $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and children 12 and under get in free.
Show hours vary by day:
Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25 from noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 26 from noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nashville Boat and Sportshow Jan. 18-21

The Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow will be at the Music City Center Jan. 18-21, offering boating enthusiasts the best deals of the season on the latest selection of boats, fishing and marine accessories, outdoor gear and more.
Visitors will be able to learn fishing, boating and hunting techniques firsthand from professionals and speak with representatives from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Thursday, Jan. 18                      2–9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 19                           12–9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20                      10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21                         11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ticket Information:
Adults (13 and older):             $12
Children (12 and younger):     FREE
Active Military:                        FREE with active military ID

*ADVANCE TICKETS: Adults (13 and older)  $10 (must purchase online by Jan. 17 at 10:59 p.m.)

The annual Nashville Boat and Sportshow offers attendees the opportunity to:
– View, board and shop hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers, plus take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics, including cruisers, watersports and fishing boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, and more!
– Former Miami Dolphin Kendall Newson will be on hand on behalf of his Teach a Child to Fish Foundation to host fishing clinics for kids of all ages.
– The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on hand with everything you need to know about the outdoors, boating and fishing. They will also offer Boater Education Class Certification on Friday evening and Saturday.
– Educational opportunities abound at the show this year, including attendee-favorite Fred’s Shed DIY interactive workshops on owning and maintaining a boat. New and seasoned boaters will enjoy trying their hand at the Power
Squadron Boating Simulator to test their skills and learn something new.
– and, Kids 12 and under will enjoy free catch-and-release fishing in the trout pond. And, new this year, ‘Create-A-Boat?Kids’ Toy Boat Building!’ Little skippers can create one-of-a-kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir. Free to kids 5 to 12, while supplies last.


61 Sandhill Cranes harvested to date

With 15 days remaining in the 2017-18 Sandhill Crane season, hunters have harvested 61 birds, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
– 59 in Barren County,
– 1 in Hardin County,
– 1 in Taylor County.
The Sandhill Crane season in the Commonwealth runs from Dec. 16, 2017, to Jan. 15, 2018. Hunters are limited to a daily and season bag limit of two cranes. The statewide quota is 400, before the season is halted.
Hunters are required to report Sandhill Crane harvest via Telecheck within 24 hours of the harvest.

Barren BassMasters 26th Swap Meet is Jan. 20 at Cave City Convention Center

The 26th annual Barren BassMasters Swap Meet will be Saturday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at the Cave City Convention Center, located at exit 53 on I-65.
The Swap Meet is open to the public.
Admission is $5 for adults; $1 for children.
It will include bait, tackle and boat accessories.
Fishermen are encouraged to bring “anything related to fishing” to swap, trade, buy or sell.
Old and modern equipment are welcome.
One hundred tables are available for dealers ($1.50 per foot).
Tables for the public are free.
For more information, contact Phil Toms (270) 597-6161 or or Larry Tarry (270) 404-0452.

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant announces winter hours

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant, located in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge, will be operating on a reduced schedule until March. Rooms in the lodge, as well as cottages and villas in the park remain available daily.
The Driftwood Restaurant’s winter hours are:
Breakfast 7-10 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner Closed.
Continental Breakfast for overnight guests only; Lunch Closed; Dinner Closed.
Continental Breakfast for overnight guests only; Lunch Closed; Dinner Closed.
Continental Breakfast for overnight guests only; Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner 4-8 p.m.
Continental Breakfast for overnight guests only; Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner 4-8 p.m.
Continental Breakfast for overnight guests only; Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner 4-8 p.m.
Breakfast 7-10 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner 4-8 p.m.

Barren River Lake State Park to host Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Jan. 27

Barren River Lake State Park will be hosting a murder mystery dinner theater Saturday, Jan. 27.
The play, “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” will be produced by Murder and Merriment, an interactive murder mystery theatre troupe, in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner and murder at 7 p.m.
Reservations are required.
Tickets are $39.95 per guest.
Romance package for two, including one night’s lodging, is $169.95.
Solve the mystery and compete to win a prize.
To make reservations, call the park at 270-646-2151.