NWTF Convention in Nashville Feb. 13-15

The National Wild Turkey Federation 39th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show will be at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville Feb. 13-15.
The convention will be filled with over 700 booths displaying the latest in top-quality outdoor gear as well as taxidermy and specialty turkey calls exhibits. It will also host the Grand National Calling Championships, including head-to-head competitions, and seminars from top outdoors and hunting experts.
Admission is free to NWTF members, as well as active and retired military personnel. Annual NWTF membership with admission is $35. Admission is $20 daily for nonmembers. Youth (ages 11-17) can pay $10 and receive a complimentary one-year NWTF membership. Children (10 and under) are free.
For complete convention details, log on to NWTF Convention Schedule.

Barren River walleye among fish being collected for broodstock for state’s rivers

Barren River walleye will be among the native river strain walleye broodstock collected by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources from late January through spring.
The KDFWR will collect walleye and sauger from waters throughout the state.
“Both the walleye and sauger fisheries in Kentucky wouldn’t be as good without stocking,” said David Baker, stream fisheries biologist for the KDFWR. “We will take some of these fish as broodfish to the hatchery, spawn them off and return them to the waters from which they came.”
Baker said broodfish collection could start as soon as next week if the weather cooperates. Broodstock collected in the coming weeks will help provide better fishing in Kentucky in the future.
Fisheries crews will collect Lake Erie strain walleye, which thrive in lake environments, and native walleye, a riverine fish whose populations declined due in part to rivers being dammed.
Lake Erie strain walleye will be collected from Carr Creek Lake in Knott County, Paintsville Lake in Johnson and Morgan counties, Laurel River Lake in Whitley and Laurel counties, Lake Cumberland in Russell County, the Russell Fork River in Pike County and the Green River in Taylor County.
Employees will also collect native walleye for an ongoing restoration effort to reestablish that strain in its former range. Fisheries employees plan to collect native river strain walleye broodstock from the Rockcastle River, the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and the Barren River, among others.
Crews will collect broodstock sauger from the Ohio River below the Meldahl and Markland dams.

Barren River Lake State Park hosts Honeymooners Weekend Feb. 13-15

Barren River Lake State Park invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend Feb. 13-15, with its annual Honeymooners Weekend.
Experience a romantic weekend getaway beginning Friday night, Feb. 13, with a costume karaoke night with a luau theme. Pull on a grass skirt and practice your hula to sing your favorite beach songs!
Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m., will feature the “Not-so Newly Wed Game” to see how well you know your sweetheart.
Saturday night, sit down in the Driftwood Restaurant and enjoy a dinner buffet featuring prime rib, bacon-wrapped pork minion with apple bourbon sauce, fried catfish, grilled salmon and more.
Then dance to your favorite songs provided by DJ Scooter Davis from 8-midnight.
Dinner, dance and lodging specials (includes tax, tip and resort fee):
– 1 night in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, 2 dance tickets- $179.95.
– 2 nights in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 dance tickets- $312.95.
– Saturday night in a Cottage, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, 2 dance tickets- $224.95.
– Saturday night in a Villa, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, 2 dance tickets- $279.95.
– Dinner and Dance- $49.95 per person.
Take make reservations, call 270-646-2151.

Hawaiian BBQ buffet Jan. 29

The Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant will host a Hawaiian BBQ buffet dinner Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5-8 p.m. CT.
The cost is $13.99 plus beverage, tax and tip.
The menu for Hawaiian Night is:
– Hawaiian Pork
– Huli Huli Pineapple Chicken
– Grilled mahi-mahi
– Hawaiian-Style Sausage and Rice
– Island Sweet Potato Casserole
– Coconut rice
– Maui veg blend
– Asian stir-fry vegetables 
- plus Soups, Salads and Desserts.

The Driftwood Restaurant will host its annual Buffalo Buffet Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Buffalo Buffet dinner is Saturday, Feb. 7

Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Buffalo Night at the Driftwood Restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5-8 p.m. CT.
The buffalo buffet is $21.99 plus drink, tax, & tip for adults, and $9.95 plus drink, tax, & tip for children.
The menu for Buffalo night is:
– Hand Carved Buffalo Steamship Round
– Buffalo Meat Loaf with Hunter’s Sauce
– Black and Blue Buffalo Sirloin
– Rustic Duck Alfredo
– Fried Catfish
– Fried Chicken
– Loaded Mashed Potatoes
– Green Beans
– Grilled Corn on the Cob with Smoked Paprika Butter
– Fresh Vegetable Blend
– Soup, Salad, and Dessert Bar
– Buffalo Chili
– White Northern Bean Soup
– Baked Alaska
– Banana Pudding
– Cobblers and more.

96 Sandhill Cranes killed during season

The Kentucky 2014-2015 Sandhill Crane hunting season is over.
Ninety-six Sandhill Cranes were reported killed (93 in Barren County, 2 in Hardin County, and 1 in Hopkins County) this season.
Hunters were required to report harvests via telecheck to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The hunting season opened Saturday, Dec. 13, and ended Sunday, Jan. 11.
The daily and season bag limit was two birds.
Sandhill Crane hunting began in the Commonwealth December 2012.
Sandhill Cranes winter over at Barren River Lake and can be seen feeding along the lake’s mud flats and adjoining corn fields and roosting in area woods.
The annual harvests have been:
– 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).

Winter bass fishing techniques

By Bass Fishing Source
Knowing some solid winter bass fishing techniques is so important during the slowest producing part of the year for fishing. Though anglers may argue about when is the best time of the year to catch fish, few will argue that winter is the best time to be on the water.
While winter may not be the best time to catch bass, it is possible to catch these and other bass in the cold. In fact, as largemouth bulk up for the winter, you may even catch surprisingly large bass during the cold weather months. Here are five winter bass fishing techniques that you can use to catch more bass this winter.
Slow it down
As the weather cools, largemouth bass become less active. When fishing for cold weather largemouth1, you need to slow your presentation to allow the fish more time to react to your lures. You do not have to exclusively use plastic worms and other slowly fished lures, just slow down the retrieve of whatever you use. In addition to presenting the lure slowly, you should also slowdown your hook set. Waiting too long can mean a missed fish, just pause for a moment after feeling the bass hit the lure before setting the hook.
Change Sizes
Winter largemouth bass can be picky about what they strike. There are two theories about winter lure selection: go big or go small. The theory behind larger lures is that winter bass won’t waste energy trying to eat small fish. Conversely, those that support small lures say that bass strike small fish as it takes little energy to catch and swallow the small fish. A good rule of thumb is to simply change between large and small lures when winter largemouth bass fishing and see which works best. Winter water is often clear, so regardless of size you should use lures in natural colors with realistic patterns.
Keep Moving
One benefit of fishing in winter is that there is generally very little fishing pressure. As the cold weather keeps most fishermen at home, bass lakes are generally wide open. This allows you to move around from place to place to find where the bass are located. However, you need to spend enough time at each spot to give any bass present the opportunity to strike, as winter bass will rarely move long distances. But if you aren’t having any luck move to the next area and see if the fishing is better.
Find Warm Water
Another winter bass fishing technique is to look for any sources of warm water. Warm water can be found in shallow areas warmed by the sun, areas where small streams enter a lake or large river and near power plant discharges on many large rivers. If the water is icing over, the open areas of water will indicate where the water is warmer, fish the areas away from the ice. Keep an eye out for baitfish as well. If you find baitfish in a particular area it is a sign that water is warmer. The baitfish will also draw the largemouth to the area.
Try Bait
Though many fishermen do not like using bait, bait can turn a slow bass fishing day into a productive day. Minnows and night crawlers will work as well for catching bass in the winter as in the spring. Keep your bait warm and lively before use. You should also switch your bait as often as possible as the cold water will make the bait less lively.

These are just a few but important winter bass fishing techniques to help get you get started in the right direction. Don’t let the cold weather fool you, as stated above, some of the biggest bass can be taken in the winter. So get up, dress warm and hit the water. Good luck and stay warm.

Texas & Kansas BBQ on menu Jan. 22

The Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant will host a Texas and Kansas BBQ buffet dinner Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m. CT.
The cost is $13.99 plus beverage, tax and tip.
The menu for Texas and Kansas BBQ Night is:
– Brisket
– Smoked beef hot links sausage
– St Louis style BBQ ribs
– Smoked chicken
– Mash potatoes
– Baked beans
– South Texas Borracho Beans
– Fried corn nuggets
– Okra and tomatoes
- plus Soups, Salads and Desserts.

The Driftwood Restaurant’s last BBQ themed buffet dinner for January will be:
– Hawaiian Night Buffet Dinner- Jan. 29.

Barren River Lake Shoreline Management Plan seeks input at Jan. 30-31 meetings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Barren River Lake will be undergoing a periodic review and update this year .
The current SMP is  available at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Portals/64/docs/Ops/Recreation/ShorelineMgt/BarrenNolinRough_ShorelineMgt.pdf.
In preparation for this update, staff at Barren River Lake will hold an open house to accept suggestions from the public regarding possible changes to the SMP.
During these open houses, staff from Barren River Lake will be available to answer questions regarding the current SMP and the process used to update it.
The Corps will also accept suggestions for possible changes to the SMP at the meeting. Suggestions will be accepted until June 30, and may be submitted at an open house, by letter, by email, or by Facebook message.
Suggestions will be considered during the update process.
The Barren River Lake Open House will be Friday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m. CT and Saturday, Jan. 31 from 1-3 p.m. CT.
Or, you may submit suggestions E-mail: LRL-Pagemaster-GRB@usace.army.mil or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BarrenRiverLake.
For further information, please contact Barren River Lake at (270) 646-2055.