Stumbo, McKinney lead Barren River Lake T-H Marine FLW tournament

Taylor Stumbo and Danell McKinney have the lead after the first day (Sept. 23) of the T-H Marine FLW two-day bass tournament on Barren River Lake.
Stumbo of Prestonsburg, Ky., leads the Boater division with a catch of a five-fish limit with a weight of 15 lbs. 8 ozs.
McKinney of West Liberty, Ky., leads the Co-Angler Division, catching four fish with a total weight of 8 lbs. 7 ozs.
J.J. Dean of Huntington, W.V., weighed in the Big Bass in the Boater Division with a bass weighing 4 lbs., 8 ozs.
Cole McCourt of Lawrenceburg, Ky., weighed in the Big Bass in the Co-Angler Division with a bass weighing 3 lbs., 7 ozs.
After Saturday’s fishing, the field of 79 boaters and 79 co-anglers was narrowed to the top 16 fishermen in each division.
The 16 boaters and 16 co-anglers will take off day two (Sept. 24) at 6:30 a.m., from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, with weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at Port Oliver.
Top 16 Boaters
1. Taylor Stumbo, Prestonsburg, Ky., 5 fish, 15 lbs. 8 ozs.
2. Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., 5, 13-11.
3. Casey O’Donnell, Langston, Ala., 5, 13-10.
4. Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W.V., 5, 12-10.
5. Brent Anderson, Kingston Springs, Tenn., 5, 11-14.
6. Jerry Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., 5, 10-05.
7. Jason Bean, Scottsville, Ky., 4, 10-02.
8. Eric Moore, Union, Ky., 4, 9-01.
9. Joe Haunert, West Chester, Ohio, 4, 8-09.
10. William Campbell, Middlesboro, Ky., 4, 8-04.
11. Charles Morrison, Georgetown, Ky., 3, 7-08.
12. Barry Smith, Catlettsburgh, Ky., 4, 7-05.
13. Tim Phy, Cookeville, Tenn., 3, 6-13.
14. Charles Crisp Jr., Catlettsburg, Ky., 3, 6-11.
15. Charles Miller, Lebanon, Tenn., 4, 6-06.
16. Charles Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., 4, 6-03.
Top 16 Co-Anglers
1. Danell McKinney, West Liberty, Ky., 4 fish, 8 lbs. 7 ozs.
2. Chad Hill, Marion, Ill., 4, 8-06.
3. Alex Straubing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 4, 7-05.
4. Bob Wiles, Huntington, W.V., 3, 6-12.
5. Ralph Feldman, Lancaster, Ky., 3, 6-10.
6. Cole McCourt, Lawrenceburg, Ky., 2, 6-03.
7. Jared Rudd, Salyersville, Ky., 3, 5-10.
8. Timothy Ernst, Mt. Eden, Ky., 3, 5-06.
9. Lucas Devere, Berea, Ky., 2, 5-01.
10. Blake Miller, St. Albans, W.V., 2, 4-13.
11. Chris O’Bryan, Harned, Ky., 2, 4-08.
12. Raymond Manis, Jamestown, Ky., 2, 4-06.
13. Bill Haunert, Blue Ash, Ohio, 2, 4-04.
14. Billy Gardner, Livingston, Tenn., 2, 4-02.
15. Colton Smith, Somerset, Ky., 2, 4-01.
16. Mike Frye, Chattanooga, Tenn., 2, 3-13.
Area Boaters Finish
25. James Copeland, Bowling Green, Ky., 3, 5-08
44. Steve Whitaker, Scottsville, Ky., 2, 2-15.
45. James Karnes, Cave City, Ky., 2, 2-14.
49. Steven Paul Brown, Tompkinsville, Ky., 1, 2-01.
51. Gerald Williams, Scottsville, Ky., 1, 1-15.
53. John Daniel, Bowling Green, Ky., 1, 1-13.
56. Bennie Mutter, Glasgow, Ky., 1-13.
X. Tim Leek, Bowling Green, Ky., 0, 0-00.
X. Travis Mosley, Bowling Green, Ky., 0, 0-00.
Area Co-Anglers Finish
29. Brian Dillard, Bowling Green, Ky., 1, 2-12.
33. Joe Taylor, Glasgow, Ky., 1, 2-03.
34. Charles Rushing, Gamaliel, Ky., 1, 2-00.
38. Timothy Vaughn, Bowling Green, Ky., 1, 1-13.
49. Jason Hackett, Bowling Green, Ky., 1, 1-05.
51. Pete Clark, Bowling Green, Ky., 1, 1-05.
54. Ronald Cook, Columbia, Ky., 1, 1-04.
62. Michael Aldridge, Scottsville, Ky., 1, 1-03.
X. Ed Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., 0, 0-00.
X. Josh Morrison, Glasgow, Ky., 0, 0-00.

Barren River Lake State Park offers 25% OFF lodging next weekend, Sept. 29-30

Barren River Lake State Park is offering 25 PERCENT OFF lodging next weekend, Sept. 29-30. This weekend special includes lodging in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge, along with the cabins and villas.
To receive this special weekend discount, you must mention the park’s Facebook page when making a reservation.
The park is also offering a 25 percent discount Sunday-Thursdays through Oct. 31.
To make reservations, call the park at 1-800-325-0057 to make reservations and be sure to mention the promotion to receive the 25 percent discount.
Barren River Lake State Park is having a Murder Mystery Theater Package giveaway to people staying during the 25 percent discount promotion.
The park will announce the winner of the Murder Mystery Theater package on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The Murder Mystery Theater production is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Barren River Lake drawdown underway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the winter drawdown of Barren River Lake yesterday.
The lake measured 551.96 ft., at 9 a.m. today. Summer pool is 552 ft.
The drawdown will begin with a 0.5 ft., drawdown through Oct. 17.
Beginning Oct. 18, the drawdown will proceed as needed to drop Barren River Lake to winter pool of 528 ft., with the target date of Dec. 1, to reach the winter pool level.
Click on Barren River Lake level for up-to-date pool levels.

T-H Marine FLW / BFL coming to Barren River Lake for tournament Sept. 23-24

The T-H Marine FLW will return to Barren River Lake for a two-day tournament, Sept. 23-24. The T-H Marine FLW/ BFL at Barren River Lake will take off both days from the Port Oliver Recreation Area at 7 a.m. CT. Weigh-in on Saturday, Sept. 23, will be at Port Oliver at 3 p.m. CT.
Weigh-in on Sunday, Sept. 24, is also scheduled at Port Oliver at 3 p.m. CT.
Following the weigh-in Saturday, the field will be cut to the top 30 boaters and co-anglers. The top 30 boaters and co-anlgers will compete Sunday for the payoff. Payoff will be determined by the number of entrants.
A required meeting for all competitors will be at the Glasgow Walmart at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 22.

Barren River Lake Trashmasters Classic seeks pontoons to transport volunteers

The 30th annual Barren River Lake Trashmasters Classic, this Saturday, Sept. 19, is seeking pontoon volunteers to help transport “trash collectors” around the lake from 8:30 – 11 a.m. There will be a picnic for all volunteers from noon – 2 p.m.
All pontoon drivers will receive a gift card for gas reimbursement. There will also be a special drawing for pontoon drivers for a $250 grand prize.
Tarps will be provided to protect the pontoons during trash collection. A pontoon rinsing station will also be available to clean pontoons at Sunset Cove (the Barren River Lake State Park beach).
Register pontoons at or call 270-646-2055.

Barren River Lake State Park offering 25% discount during fall stay

Barren River Lake State Park is offering a 25 percent discount on lodging in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge and the park’s cabins and villas, now through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Stays must be Sunday through Thursday nights.
In addition, the park will be giving away a Murder Mystery Theater package for two to someone staying during this special.
To make reservations, call the park at 1-800-325-0057 to make reservations and be sure to mention the promotion to receive the 25 percent discount and entry into the giveaway.
The park will announce the winner of the Murder Mystery Theater package on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The Murder Mystery Theater production is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.


Increase in state hunting and fishing licenses recommended by KDFWR

By Mark Marraccini, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously recommended Sept. 8, that the department increase prices for some resident Kentucky hunting and fishing licenses.
It will be the first resident license price increase in more than a decade, and the first increase of the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses since their inceptions in 1999.
The Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.
The Commission’s recommendation includes resident hunting licenses, fishing licenses, combination hunting/fishing licenses, senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses and joint fishing licenses for spouses.
The Department’s last three resident rate changes happened in 1992, 1999 and 2007. License and permit fees for non-residents increased to help offset rising operational costs in 2014, but resident fees remained unchanged at the time.
The Commission voted to increase a resident hunting license from its current $20 to $27, a resident fishing license from $20 to $23, a combination resident hunting/fishing license from $30 to $42 and the resident joint fishing license for spouses from $36 to $42.
Currently, the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses provide $165 worth of licenses and permits for $5. A resident sportsman’s license cost $95.
Under the Commission action, the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses would increase to $18. In 2007, Kentucky sold 90,184 of these licenses. Kentucky’s aging society caused that number to reach 120,426 by 2016, with that number projected to continue increasing.
“Today our fish and wildlife populations are healthy and abundant, and our management program is a national model. Our seniors know better than most that our conservation camps and school programs are helping to leave a better natural Kentucky for their children and grandchildren,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevins said.

Barren River Lake Waterfowl Blind Drawing scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7

The waterfowl blind drawing for Barren River Lake WMA in Allen and Barren counties will be 7 – 9 a.m. (Central Time), Saturday, Oct. 7.
Hunters interested in participating 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.
Drawing participants born after Jan. 1, 1975, must also possess their hunter education card.
Hunters interested in participating in the drawing 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 at 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 confirmation number provided at the completion of the survey must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.
The drawing will be at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office, at the Barren River Lake dam off KY 252.
Hunters drawn for blinds on Barren River Lake WMAs must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2017-2018 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 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.

Port Oliver Yacht Club sets Fall events

Port Oliver Yacht Club has announced a fall full of events.
Sept. 9- Por Cay Regatta and Evening Raft up for all members (novice and experienced sailors in both dinghy and cruiser classes) Skippers’ meeting at 10 a.m.
Sept. 16- Trashmaster Cleanup at POYC, beginning at 10 a.m.
Sept. 23- Infinity Regatta
Oct. 7-8- Great Minnow Regatta
Oct. 13- Club Meeting and Movie
Oct. 28-29- Pirates Plunder
Nov. 11- Club Meeting and Chili Cook-off

Barren River, Lake water level rising

With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey blowing through south central Kentucky Thursday and Friday, rainfall measured between 5-8 inches across the Barren River basin. This additional water is beginning to drain into Barren River Lake and Barren River, where water levels are expected to rise throughout the Labor Day weekend.
Water levels

Barren River at Bowling Green
All levels are noon readings.
Aug. 30- 4.06 ft.
Aug. 31- 3.94 ft.
Sept. 1- 6.99 ft.
Sept. 2- 26.91 ft.
Sept. 2 @ 5:45 p.m. 27.64 ft. (estimated crest)
Sept. 3- 20.2 ft. (estimated)
At 23 ft., parts of Thomas Landing and Weldon Peete Park flood.

Barren River Lake
All levels are noon readings.
Aug. 30- 552.25 ft.
Aug. 31- 552.25 ft.
Sept. 1- 553.15 ft.
Sept. 2- 557.31 ft.
Sept. 3- 558.30 ft. (estimated)
Sept. 4- 559.50 ft. (estimated)
At 557 ft., the Baileys Point ramp and Quarry Road parking lots will flood.