By Josh Morris
We finally got a small reprieve from the heat and rain! It has been gorgeous this week on Barren River Lake.
The water temperature has backed off to the mid 80s. Fishing has continued to be tough; however, I look for it to improve as the water cools. In places, the Thermocline is showing signs of dissipating.
Bass were caught this week on square bill crank baits, Carolina rigged brush hawgs, and on shakey head.
Look for cool water coming in that is a must. I had success on bluffs where I know springs are flowing in. The cooler water and oxygen rich environment is holding fish.
On a side note, I hooked an absolute monster Tuesday afternoon on one of these under water springs I am talking about. The fish hit it once, I set the hook and she didn’t budge just started shaking her head. She got under a log and broke off. I never saw what it was. Could have been a big carp, lol, but it was big. So get out and look for them they are starting to do better.
Crappie are still hit or miss and can be caught trolling bandit crank baits or fishing at night under a light.
Hybrids have been doing pretty good trolling up past Walnut Creek Marina in the channel. There is bait fish everywhere up there, and up the creeks. So, I would think they could be found in the mouths of creeks as well as around the islands.
Catfish have been slow this week.
I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet some readers this week. I really appreciate you folks reading and reaching out. It is very rewarding to know that I am helping folks catch fish, and helping to bring folks to the area.
I have spoke with folks in the last two weeks from Maine and Michigan, all because they have read these reports. So I whole heartedly thank the readers, publishers, and sponsors for the opportunity to share what I know and help people out.
Lastly, this Saturday is the free kids fishing derby at Basil Griffin Park in Bowling Green KY, from 8 a.m.- noon.
A special thanks to Barren Outdoors, Wal Mart FLW, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cabella’s, Coca Cola, Jeff and Sheila Furlong, numerous volunteers, and Barren River Live Bait Shop. All of these folks have donated to help get kids hooked on fishing and without them it would not be possible. It has been an honor to get to partner with so many great people who care about the local young people.
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 email@example.com. He is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, Shimano, Psycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.