Jacksonian Day Bass Tournament set for Saturday, April 26, on Barren River Lake

The annual Jacksonian Day Bass Tournament will be Saturday, April 26, from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Barren River Lake. The tournament, sponsored by the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, will launch and return from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, next to the dam.
Registration is $30 per person. Pre-registration for boat numbers is through Saturday, April 19. After the early deadline, boaters must wait to draw boat numbers until Saturday, April 26, at 4:30 a.m., at Port Oliver.
Boats will leave Port Oliver at 6 a.m. and weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m.
There is a three fish, one-string and one big fish limit per boat.
The winner gets 100 percent payback of no less than $500. There will also be cash drawings and door prizes.
For more information, call John Meador at 270-606-0554.

Baileys Point, Walnut Creek campgrounds open this weekend

Baileys Point and Walnut Creek campgrounds open this weekend, April 18, for the season.
Bailey’s Point Campground is the largest of the Army Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds on Barren River Lake. It has 204 sites (150 standard electric, 53 standard nonelectric, 1 group shelter electric). For reservations, click Baileys Point Campground Reservations.
Walnut Creek Marina Campground is privately-owned. It has 66 sites (33 back-ins with water and electric, 33 grass). For reservations, call 270-618-5858.
The Narrows Campground and Tailwater Campground are scheduled to open May 1.
The Barren River Lake State Park Campground opened March 27.

Easter Sunrise Service scheduled for 6:30 at Barren River Lake State Park pavilion

An Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled for Easter at 6:30 a..m. at Barren River Lake State Park. The non-denominational service will be at the pavilion next to the tennis courts near the Louie B. Nunn Lodge. The service will include congregational singing and a short sermon. Dress is casual.
The park’s Driftwood Restaurant will be serving its regular breakfast buffet immediately following the service.

Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course Early Bird Special Monday-Wednesday

The Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course is offering an Early Bird Special.
Monday through Wednesday before 1 p.m. CT, golfers can play the 18-hole course for $22.95 with cart.
When making tee times, golfers must mention the Early Bird Special.
To make tee times, call 1-800-295-1876.
Also, ask about special overnight golf packages at the Louie B. Nunn Lodge.

White bass moving upstream to spawn

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Afield Outdoors

It is now the first of April. If you asked most Kentuckians what it feels like weather wise, they would say it is the first of March.
The warm winds finally began to blow from the South earlier this week and brought the white bass upstream with them.
The spawning runs are finally here.
Water temperatures breaking the 50 degree mark combined with rainfall signal to white bass that it is time to move upstream to reproduce. They need a gently rising river along with sun-warmed water to begin migrating from the main lake into the headwaters of reservoirs.
White bass fishing inspires such ardor in anglers because these fish strike practically anything that comes near them during their spawning runs. No other fishing compares to it when white bass are really on and biting. Bank anglers can enjoy fishing just as good as those fishing from boats.
White bass anglers invented the plunker and fly presentation, originally comprised of a piece of broom handle with an eyelet screwed into it. They tied a piece of heavy monofilament to the eyelet with a treble hook dressed in white marabou at the other end. They cast this rig into the boils of feeding white bass and popped the rod to draw the attention of white bass.
Modern anglers use a white chugger-style topwater with the back hook removed. They tie a piece of light braided or monofilament line to the eyelet of the hook and attach a 1/32-ounce marabou jig or a dressed treble hook to the business end. Some remove both hooks to keep the rig from tangling on the cast. This presentation still catches white bass as well as it did in the 1950s.
White or chartreuse 1/16-ounce marabou or feather jigs suspended under bobbers and allowed to drift downstream also work extremely well on white bass. Adjust the depth of the bobber until it disappears from a fish.
In-line spinners of practically any color, small silver spoons and white 2 ½-inch curly-tailed grubs rigged on 1/8-ounce leadhead all score white bass.
White bass are either right on top, a few feet deep or just above bottom. The depth you catch them changes from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. Keep probing the water column until you find them. When they are mid-depth or deeper, the curly-tailed grub is hard to beat.
The white bass are here, signaling this dreadful winter is finally gone for good. Get out in the next couple of weeks for the most exciting fishing found.

“Up All Night” Bass Tournament set for this Saturday on Barren River Lake

The 3rd annual “Up All Night” Bass Tournament, to benefit the Allen County-Scottsville High School “Up All Night” after prom program, will be this Saturday, April 5, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The tournament site is the Port Oliver Recreation Area, next to the dam.
Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Entry fee is $30 per person with a three fish limit with one slot fish.
There will be a 70 percent pay back. In addition, there will be door prizes.
Hot dogs and drinks will be available.
For more information, contact John Meador at 270-606-0554.

Barren River Lake State Park announces annual Easter Buffet menu for April 20

The Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Easter Buffet on Sunday, April 20, in the park’s Driftwood Restaurant.
The buffet will be served from noon-8 p.m.
Cost is $18.49 plus tax for adults and $8.49 plus tax for children. Beverage is included.
Beef carved on line
Kentucky Country Ham
Catfish and hushpuppies
Chef’s choice local favorite
Garden vegetables
Cheese bar
Salad bar

Barren River Lake State Park returns to regular hours, campground opens

After a cold, hard winter, Barren River Lake State Park has returned to its regular operating hours.
The park and its facilities, including the Louie B. Nunn Lodge and Driftwood Restaurant, are now open 7 days a week.
To make reservations for the park’s lodge, cottages or villas, click Reservations.
The park’s campground opened Friday, March 27, and will remain open through Oct. 31. For reservations, click Campground Reservations.
For more information or to make reservations, contact the park at 270-646-2151.

For Lodging and Camping Deals, check out our Deals Page.

Barren River Lake filling up!

Barren River Lake has begun filling toward Summer Pool.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun holding water and filling Barren River Lake toward its Summer Pool of 552 ft. The dam’s bypass gate is only open 3.5 tenths, emitting 58 cubic feet (433 gallons) of water per second.
The lake never achieved its Winter Pool of 525 ft., but is on target for filling. The lake rose 3 inches in the past 24 hours.
Today, March 25, the lake stands at 534.94 feet, which is almost 10 ft. above Winter Pool and 17 ft. below Summer Pool.
Barren River and Lake Water Levels (also available at the right under For More Information).

Barren River Lake State Park offering April-May Weekday Camping Special

Barren River Lake State Park is offering a Weekday Camping Special in April and May – pay for one night and get the second night free Sunday through Thursday.
To get the discount, campers need to click Online Reservations. Use the promotion code “SPRING14.” The offer runs through May 22, 2014.
In addition, Barren River Lake State Park will also be offering two nights’ camping for the price of one during Camper Appreciation Weekend, April 25-27.
Barren River Lake State Park Campground has 100 campsites (98 standard, 2 tent).The campground opens for the season March 28.
Reservations can be made by visiting the website. Guests reserving online can view pictures of the individual campsites available, allowing them to better select a site to suit their individual needs. Guests may also call 1-888-4KYPARK for reservations.