Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake will host three fishing tournaments this weekend, June 4-5.
Saturday, June 4
The F.T.F. June Open Bass Tournament will be Saturday, June 4. It is scheduled to takeoff from the Port Oliver Recreation Area boat ramp at 5 a.m. CT with weigh-in set for 2:30 p.m. at the ramp. It has a guaranteed $1,000 first prize. For more information, contact Morris Hogue at 270-793-4411.
Saturday, June 4
The Green River Bass Club will host a CLOSED tournament on Saturday, June 4. It is scheduled to takeoff from the Port Oliver Recreation Area boat ramp at 6 a.m. CT with weigh-in set for 2 p.m. at the ramp. For more information, contact Kim Clark at 270-572-3778 or GreenRiverBass@gmail.com.
Sunday, June 5
The Renegade Bass Tournament will be Sunday, June 5. This is an OPEN tournament. It is scheduled to takeoff from the Port Oliver Recreation Area boat ramp at 5 a.m. CT, with weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at the ramp. For more information, contact Sherbert VanMeter at 270-259-0001 or info@prowlerlures.com.

Know where to go on Barren River Lake

As the summer begins with Memorial Day Weekend on Barren River Lake, here is just a reminder from our friends at BoatU.S. Foundation of the basic 6 Things to Know About Nautical Rules on the water.
Be safe on Barren River Lake. Follow these rules.
And, ALWAYS wear your Personal Floatation Device.

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Barren River Lake Fishing Report

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Josh Morris with one of his catches this week.

By Josh Morris
Hello fine folks! We have finally got summer pool on Barren River Lake! The water temperature is around 74 degrees and the fish are biting.
Bass are biting good. I caught fish this week from 4 inches – 12 feet deep. The better were shallow in spawning coves. They were beat up and guarding fry. Look for weeds and bluegills. The bluegills are beginning to spawn. The bass fry are in the weeds and around docks. Use a lizard type bait and a green jig has produced well for me.
Crappie are near wood in around 10 feet of water and are being caught on minnows and crappie jigs.
Catfish are being caught on bluffs with shrimp and cut bait. Also, long points may work for bank fishing with chicken liver.
Hybrid have been caught up where Skaggs and beaver meet.  Look for shad and troll.
Blue Gills are shallow in pockets and in huge numbers. A cricket or wax worm would be good options.
In closing, I would like to thank Eddie Goode for a great seminar. Goode was kind enough to come the Barren Outdoors and do a class for a varied group of Fishermen on depth finders. He specifically talked about Lowrance and Fishidy and I was blown away by all the great information. Also, it was great to see young and old together and learning about fishing. Also, I would like to thank Todd Logsdon and Barren Outdoors for giving us the opportunity to learn.
As always wear your PFD.
Good luck and God Bless.

Eddie Goode presenting a seminar at Barren Outdoors.

Eddie Goode presenting a seminar at Barren Outdoors.

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.

Prime time for catching channel catfish

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Prized for their fight and flavor, catfish are readily available in Kentucky waters and can be caught on a wide assortment of baits.
A gob of nightcrawlers, cut bait, commercial stink bait, hot dogs, uncooked shell-on shrimp or scraps of chicken marinated in strawberry-flavored drink mix have all proven capable of enticing catfish into biting.
And late spring into early summer is a great time to cater to them.
“It’s prime time to be catching channel catfish,” said Paul Rister, Western Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The department stocks blue catfish and channel catfish but generally doesn’t stock flathead catfish, although the species is present in a number of lakes and rivers across the state. The annual Fishing Forecast, available on the department’s website at fw.ky.gov, details spots where anglers can find each of these species.
“Kentucky offers a ton of really good areas for catfish,” said Chad Miles, host of Kentucky Afield.
The big twins of west Kentucky – Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley – are among the finest. Both offer opportunities to catch large blue and channel catfish.
Channel catfish are distinguished by a rounded anal fin and small black spots on the sides of the body. As water temperatures climb into 70s, they feed aggressively and heed the spawning instinct.
“I’ve heard of people fishing bluegill and redear fishing who just start catching catfish and change over to a little bit heavier tackle,” Rister said.
An angler fishing from the bank after work recently at a small central Kentucky lake cast a traditional bobber rig baited with a chunk of shad-scented dough pressed onto a treble hook. The float splashed down and the business end of the rig descended with the help of a pinch of split shot. In no time, a trophy channel catfish gobbled the bait and pulled the bobber beneath the surface. Other casts produced similar results, and the angler returned to his truck before sunset with three quality catfish destined for the dinner table and freezer.
At Kentucky and Barkley lakes, Rister points anglers toward shallow embayments and areas of shoreline with rip rap or big chunk rocks for channel catfish.
A night crawler fished on the bottom with a slip sinker rig is a popular presentation. To assemble the rig, tie a 4/0 circle hook onto an 18-inch fluorocarbon or monofilament leader. Tie a barrel swivel onto the other end of the leader, then take the main line and thread it through a ½- to ¾-ounce egg sinker and plastic bead before tying the line to the other eyelet of the barrel swivel.
“Channel catfish often prefer a night crawler presentation closer to the bottom but they will take something while you’re trying to redear fish, which is typically close to the bottom, or even come up to get a crappie jig,” Rister said.
The 40 lakes that comprise the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program provide opportunities to catch catfish in a smaller setting.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife plans to stock more than 115,000 catfish in its FINs lakes this year. The stocking schedule is available on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website. More than two dozen FINs lakes are scheduled to receive stockings of hybrid catfish – a faster growing cross of blue and channel catfish – this month.
Populations of blue catfish have been established in several small lakes and four major reservoirs – Barren River Lake in Allen and Barren counties, Dewey Lake in Floyd County, Fishtrap Lake in Pike County and Taylorsville Lake in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties – in recent years.
For blue catfish at Kentucky and Barkley lakes, Rister recommends targeting the areas where creek mouths meet the river channel with nightcrawlers, skipjack or small shad, cheese baits, stink baits or chicken livers.
“Later in the summer when they get a little more active out on the main river channels, try either shad, cut bait or night crawlers,” Rister said. “A lot of times what I’ll have to do is graph some and look for the fish. If there’s not much current, they’re typically closer to the bottom. If they’re pulling some current, it seems to pull the fish more up on the ledges. So you may just be fishing more for suspended fish.”
A slip bobber rig can be an effective presentation for suspended catfish. To assemble this rig, tie a 4/0 octopus-style hook onto a 12- to 18-inch fluorocarbon or monofilament leader. Tie a barrel swivel onto the other end of the leader, then take the main line and thread it through a bobber stop, a plastic bead, the slip bobber, a sinker and another plastic bead before tying the line to the other eyelet of the barrel swivel. The sinker should not be so heavy that it sinks the bobber. Slide the bobber stop up or down to the desired fishing depth.

Anglers interested in learning more about how to catch catfish and some of the unique baits that can work for them should consider tuning in to the June 4 episode of “Kentucky Afield” on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). In one segment, Miles meets up with Jim Wise at a Shelby County farm pond. They catch catfish and other species using Wise’s homemade baits. “Kentucky Afield” airs at 7:30 p.m. CT Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. CT Sundays.

Port Oliver Yacht Club hosts annual Huddleston Cup this weekend, May 28-29

The Port Oliver Yacht Club will host the annual Huddleston Cup Regatta this Saturday- Sunday, May 28-29, on Barren River Lake.
Skippers’ meetings will be at 10 a.m., both days.
Racing will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Racing entry fee is $25 for both race days.
The club will have a private smoked pork dinner by Alan Cannon Saturday at 5 p.m.
For more information, contact race chairman Capt Gary Reimer if you want to help on the Committee boat.

Barren River Lake swimming beaches open at Quarry Road and Beaver Creek

The Barren River Lake swimming beaches at Quarry Road and Beaver Creek are scheduled to be open to the public for the Memorial Day weekend, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer at Barren River Lake.
There is no cost to swim at the Beaver Creek beach.
The cost to swim at the Quarry Road beach is $2 per person, up to $5 a carload. Children under 16 are admitted free.
There is no longer a beach at Barren River Lake State Park.

Inspection closing Tailwater Stilling Basin

The Tailwater Stilling Basin, just below the Barren River Dam on Barren River, will be closed Tuesday night, May 24, through Wednesday afternoon, May 25, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
During the down time, an inspection by divers will be done of the stilling basin and the concrete apron downstream.
This is a routine divers’ inspection to ensure that the basin is in proper operating condition.
For more information, contact the Corps’ office at Barren River Lake.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake will host two bass tournaments this weekend, both Saturday, May 28.
Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail
The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail will host the FOMNTT KY West #4 bass tournament Saturday, May 28, at the Peninsula Ramp. This is an OPEN tournament. Take-off is scheduled for 5 a.m. CT, with weigh-in at the ramp scheduled for 3 p.m. For more information, contact Joel Franks at jfranks@fomntt.com or at 270-579-4085.
Barren River Fishing League
The Barren River Fishing League will host a Co-Ed bass tournament Saturday, May 28, at the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramp. This is an OPEN tournament. Take-off is scheduled for 6 a.m. CT, with weigh-in at the ramp scheduled for 2 p.m. For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at ronniestinson2003@yahoo.com or at 270-618-1436.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris

Ross and Martin Anglen enjoyed a successful father, son fishing adventure on Barren River Lake recently.

Ross and Martin Anglen enjoyed a successful father, son fishing adventure on Barren River Lake recently.

Cold rainy weather has dominated this week on Barren River Lake. Fishing has slowed a bit with this last cold front.
Bass are still guarding fry and can be caught in three to five feet of water on soft plastics Texas rigged. I would think very soon maybe by the weekend bigger females could fire up and start eating. I would look for them on channel bluffs use crank baits that reach the ten foot range.
Crappie have been caught in the creeks about ten feet deep near wood. They are scattered still and hard to find in good numbers. Some still have eggs in them.
Bluegill are scattered look in shallow coves live bait I a good option.
Catfish are still being caught on bluffs. Shrimp, liver, night crawlers, and live shiners all work well.
As always be sure to wear your life jackets.
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.

Martin Anglen with his catch.

Martin Anglen with his catch.

Ross Anglen with his catch.

Ross Anglen with his catch.

 

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake will host one bass tournament this weekend, May 21.
Saturday, May 21
The FTF May Open is a FTF Open Bass Tournament and scheduled to takeoff from the Port Oliver Boat Ramp at 5 a.m. CT, with weigh-in set for 2:30 p.m. at the ramp.
It is an OPEN tournament with a guaranteed $1,000 first place prize.
For more information, contact Morris Hogue at 270-793-4411.