Barren River Fishing League announces 2017 fishing tournament dates

The Barren River Fishing League announced its 2017 fishing tournament dates.
All tournaments will takeoff and weigh-in at the Port Oliver Recreation Area.

March 18– 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
April 8– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
May 6– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
June 3– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
July 8– 6 p.m.- 1 a.m. (night tournament)
August 5– 6 p.m.- 1 a.m.  (night tournament)
September 16- 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
October 21- 6:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Co-Ed Fishing Tournament Dates
April 22– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
May 20– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
June 24– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
August 26– 6 p.m.- 1 a.m. (night tournament)
September 30– 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.*
*must fish three of previous co-ed tournaments to fish September 30.

The deadline for early boat draw is Jan. 31. If you do not make the deadline you can come that night for next in line to draw.
Thanks.
Hope to see you there!
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at 270-618-1436 or Matt Stinson at 270-618-1832

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello folks,  looks like winter is moving in on Barren River Lake. A slow down in fishing is right around the corner but for now you can still get a few in the boat.
One of the things a person can do in the winter with the lake down is scout. Get out on the water and idle around looking at brush or other structure. Take pictures to help you remember. This summer it can pay off.  Look for any structure that can hold fish. Wood, rock, and don’t forget bottom changes and ditches.  Sometimes these subtle things will hold a lot of fish.
While you are out there look for some bass. Down around the Narrows the water is pretty good color.  Look on bluffs and transitions. Throw a brush hawg with some red or blue in it on the bluffs.  Bass are chasing bait up on the flats also. Try a bandit crank bait in a craw fish pattern.
Be safe and Good Bless.

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Port Oliver constructing hike, bike trail

Port Oliver Recreation Area will be the site of a new hike, bike trail this summer.
The SouthWest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, with help from the Barren County Lions Club, will be constructing a 3.5 mile hike and bike trail around the perimeter of Port Oliver. It is scheduled for completion this summer.
This “beginner” hiking trail, nicknamed “Twisted Oliver,” will begin at the amphitheatre parking lot, head uphill to the park’s entrance, then along Ky. 252, downhill parallel to the Port Oliver Yacht Club Road, reaching a bluff with an overview of Barren River Lake, then around the cove before returning to the parking lot.
For hikers, the trail will be “family friendly,” but also challenging for bikers. (Motorized vehicles and horses will be prohibited on the trail.)
The Bowing Green-based SWKMBA designed the new trail.
Progress on the trail will depend on the winter weather and volunteer assistance. Groups and individuals can email SWKMBA to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Ducks Unlimited- Caveland chapter annual banquet Dec. 2

The annual Ducks Unlimited Caveland chapter banquet will be Friday, Dec. 2, at LoraLee Venue and Events in Glasgow, 6- 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the night will include a dinner, live auction, silent auction, games, and raffles, all to benefit Ducks Unlimited mission of wetland and waterfowl conservation.
Online ticket sales end Dec. 1.
For more information, call Macy Grubbs (270) 498-5310 or Neil Logsdon (270) 528-1682.

Kentucky waterfowl season is promising

By Lee McClellan, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The moderate drought conditions across Kentucky brought baked, cracked yards, dust, fires and streams as low as any time in recent memory. This would seem a negative for the upcoming waterfowl season, but the summer’s ample rains provided a cushion against the fall dry spell.
“We had a good summer growing season across Kentucky,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The habitat looks wonderful. There is lots of food available for ducks and geese to use. The nesting habitat conditions and reproduction were good this year. Things look promising for the upcoming waterfowl seasons. We just need the weather to cooperate.”
Unusually hot air settled over the Midwest and Ohio Valley in the last month, setting several records for high temperatures. This warm air mass remaining parked over Kentucky could impact opening weekend of waterfowl season, which begins Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Duck species harvested heavily in Kentucky such as mallard, gadwall, northern shoveler and green-winged teal, are well above the long-term average of the species as calculated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1955.
“We need cold weather,” Little said. “It’s been so warm. The predicted upcoming cold weather should push birds down to us from the north that have the potential to be here opening day.”
The crops on our wildlife management areas came in well overall. “The plantings of some of our crops on our wildlife management areas were delayed due to wet weather,” Little said. “We were able to sow millet and other small grains where the corn was spotty on our wildlife management areas. The moist soil plants are booming. They should provide excellent hunting opportunity this year.”
Scouting is important for hunting success during any segment of the season, but vital for the early portion of the season. “You have to know where the birds are or where they want to be,” Little said. “That may be anywhere from a farm pond to a late harvested cornfield. You have to be where they want to be.”
If birds are not using a place you are scouting prior to opening day, they likely won’t be there opening day either.
“For Thanksgiving, don’t overlook wood ducks on the creeks and rivers,” Little said. “There is a good chance this year there will be quite a few wood ducks still in Kentucky on Thanksgiving weekend.”
As the days shorten with the sun lower in the sky by Christmas, the best hunting of the year beckons. “Later, when farm ponds freeze over, the birds congregate in huge numbers,” Little explained. “This is when the hunting gets good. It seems over the last several years, the later season seems to be the best hunting with the warmer winters we’ve had.”
The late season will be a boon for goose hunters as they now have roughly two more weeks to hunt. For the coming season, the closing date moved to Feb. 15, 2017 for Canada goose, white-fronted goose, snow goose and brant.
Waterbodies that don’t freeze are important in the later segments of the season. “The Ohio River, reservoirs and spring fed farm ponds are all good for the late season,” Little said. “The birds also use the harvested corn fields near these bigger, open waters.”
The first segment of duck season opens Thursday, Nov. 24, and closes Nov. 27. The second segment opens Dec. 5, 2016 and closes Jan. 29, 2017. Goose season opens the same day as the duck season, this Thursday, Thanksgiving, and closes Feb. 15, 2017.
Waterfowl hunters must have a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl permit along with a Federal Duck Stamp. Federal Duck Stamps are available at post offices across Kentucky.
If not obtained already, waterfowl hunters must have their Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) confirmation number recorded on either their Kentucky hunting license or on their Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl permit. To get your H.I.P. number, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov and click on the “My Profile” tab. Answer a few questions about last season’s harvest of migratory birds to receive your confirmation number. The process takes less than 5 minutes.
The colder mornings and chances of frost in the coming week mean waterfowl season is nearly here. Crouching behind a blind beside a farm pond in the pre-dawn is a great way to spend a winter morning.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
It promises to get cold this weekend on Barren River Lake. So, bundle up, get out and catch some fish.
Bass are still on bluffs in the mouths of creeks. They are moving more from the transition type bank to the bluffs. The crawfish activity is picking up, so throw crawfish imitators. A red 10-inch worm on a shakey head has been hot this week. Also, a number 5 shad rap or flicker shad has produced.
Crappie look for brush 12 feet deep on flats. Minnows and jigs are the ticket.
On a side note I fished Lake Cumberland this week. For those of you who enjoy hitting other area lakes it is starting to turn on. The bite isn’t quite there yet but it is improving.  We caught 10 crappie over 12 inches long on Monday. Those big things sure are fun!
Good luck and God Bless!

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 30 for Sandhill Crane season

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 30 for Kentucky’s 2016-17 Sandhill Crane hunting season.
Applications are only accepted online at fw.ky.gov, the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will issue 400 permits to hunters this year through a randomized computer drawing.
Applicants drawn for a hunt must pass an online sandhill crane identification test before they can receive a permit.
Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife charges a $3 fee for each application.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will conduct the drawing Dec. 5, with results made available to applicants online.
Drawn hunters will receive a packet, including their season tags, in the mail soon after the drawing. However, drawn hunters must complete the online permit requirements, including the identification test, before hunting or they are not a legal hunter.
Sandhill crane season opens Dec. 17, 2016 and closes Jan. 15, 2017.
The daily and season bag limit for each hunter is two birds. Hunters must telecheck their game the same day it is taken. The season will close earlier if hunters reach the quota limit of 400 birds.
Hunters participating in this season’s hunt must complete a post-season survey by Jan. 25, 2017. Those failing to do so forfeit their eligibility for the 2017-18 season.
Kentucky’s season is statewide.
Sandhill cranes may not be hunted in the Beaver Creek, Skaggs Creek and Peters Creek embayments of Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Barren RIver Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Happy weekend on Barren River Lake folks. I hope everyone has had a safe opening weekend of modern gun season. Hopefully everyone will have crappie and venison for Thanksgiving this year.
Bass are really doing good this week. Look in the mouths of creeks. They are on transition bluffs. What I have had luck with is a Cumberland Craw with a green pumpkin trailer chunk. Not much action. The bass are moving shallow. Pitch it in there let it sink don’t move it let it soak. They will eat it up.
Crappie are still on wood try jigs or live minnows in about 8 feet of water. Brush piles or lay downs.
Good luck and God Bless!

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Thanksgiving buffet menu planned for Barren River Lake State Park noon- 8 p.m.

Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Nov. 24, from noon- 8 p.m., in the park’s Driftwood Restaurant in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet is $19.50 plus tax for adults; $9.50 plus tax for children 6-12; and FREE! for children 5 and under. Non-alcoholic beverages are included with the meal.
Menu
– Chef’s Choice of Soups
– Assorted Cheeses, Salads, Relishes
– Candied Yams
– Country Style Green Beans
– Mashed Potatoes with Giblet Gravy
– Other Thanksgiving Vegetable Favorites
– Choice Roasted Round of Beef (carved on the line)
– Turkey and Dressing
– Baked Ham
– Fried Chicken
– Chef”s Choice of a Local Favorite Meat
– Pumpkin Pie
– Pecan Pie
– Other Southern Favorite Desserts

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello fine folks, I hope the warm weather has extended the time you all are spending on Barren River Lake.
This week I am on the road and in Texas. So, I have no on the water information for you this week.
However, with modern gun season approaching quickly, a lot of outdoor enthusiasts switch from water to woods.
While I enjoy hunting a lot, it is still a great time to get out and fish.
The lake is not as busy and makes for a nice quiet day on the water. Folks start to rule out fishing as something to do as temperatures cool, but it is my favorite time of year.
Late fall into winter brings on lethargic fish. This does not mean the fish quit eating.
I have caught more numbers of big fish in the winter than any other season. I strongly believe a lack of pressure is one factor in the bigger fish eating.
The key is to slow down and down size. I like to use a very natural presentation. I use green pumpkin or black. I will throw some red, orange, brown as winter moves to spring.
Things like a drop shot or the bed rig are my favorite for this time of year
I fish Lake Cumberland a lot in the winter and fish will stack up. These baits allow you to keep the bait in the fishes face. The strikes are a lot of times violent on these baits so be ready.
While you will have days where you don’t catch any, you will have days when a school fires up and it is amazing.
In closing, I hope all of you are well. I want to thank you for allowing me to take a few moments of your time.
Get out on the water this weekend for me since I can’t. Send in some pictures to rub it in.
Good luck and God Bless.

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.