Trashmasters Classic will be Sept. 19

Make a difference in the Barren River Lake Community by participating in the 28th Annual Trashmasters Classic, Saturday, Sept, 19, from 8 – 11:30 a.m.
This is an excellent family activity where you and your children will have a ‘hands on’ opportunity to be good stewards of our Public Lands.
The lakeshore cleanup is designated an official National Public Lands Day Event. This year’s event is sponsored by Service Master Clean, and coordinated in conjunction with The Friends of Barren River Lake & Park and Barren River Lake State Resort Park.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8 – 10 a.m. stop by any of the following boat ramps to register: Baileys Point, The Narrows, State Park, Port Oliver and Walnut Creek. Just check in at the registration table.
Groups such as Scout troops, church and school groups are highly encouraged to attend, but should call 270-646-2055 to pre-register.
Don’t forget to bring your own water and sunscreen.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
A pontoon boat will shuttle you to the shoreline where you will pick up trash.
Prizes, free lunch, music, exhibitors and more!
Afternoon activities start at noon at the State Park Sunset Cove (former beach site) where sponsors of the event will host an afternoon of food and fun-filled activities for all the cleanup volunteers.
WBKO’s Shane Holinde returns for the 13th year as the event emcee and Commonwealth Broadcasting will be on site with a live remote broadcast.
Free food and great prizes will be given away to the participants, donated by local businesses and individuals.
As has become Trashmasters tradition, this year’s grand prize will be a kayak package.
Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is accepting donations to fully support the costs of food, drinks, and prizes provided to the volunteers at the afternoon festivities.
Please send donations for the lakeshore cleanup to “Friends of Barren River Lake & Park”, P.O. Box 213, Glasgow, KY 42142.
Your donations are tax deductible.

Waterfowl hunting seasons proposed

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed waterfowl seasons for 2015-16.
For a copy of the 2015-16 Kentucky Hunting Guide, click 2015-16 Hunting Guide .
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must set waterfowl seasons within frameworks mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.
The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by two legislative committees before they become law.
Season dates begin in 2015 unless otherwise noted. Proposed seasons voted upon by commission members at today’s quarterly meeting include:
Duck, Coot and Merganser
– Duck, coot and merganser: Nov. 26 – Nov. 29; Dec. 7 – Jan. 31, 2016.
Canada Goose
– Western Goose Zone: Nov. 26 – Jan. 31, 2016.
– Pennyrile-Coalfield Goose Zone (including West-Central Canada Goose subzone): Nov. 26 – Jan. 31, 2016.
– Eastern Goose Zone: Nov. 26 – Jan. 31, 2016.
– Northeastern Goose Zone: Dec. 19, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016.
White-fronted Goose, Brant
– Statewide: Nov. 26 – Jan. 31, 2016.
Snow Goose
– Regular season: Nov. 26 – Jan. 31, 2016.
Snow Goose Conservation Order Season
– Eastern Duck Zone: Feb. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016.
– Western Duck Zone: Feb. 1 – 5, 2016; Feb. 8, 2016 – March 31, 2016

Daily bag limits for ducks, coots, mergansers, geese and brant remain the same as last year for the 2015 – 2016 waterfowl seasons with one exception: Hunters may now take two canvasback ducks as part of their six duck daily bag limit.

Commission members proposed removing the 2 p.m. closure time for Canada goose hunting in the Northeast Goose Zone for private lands. Canada goose hunting on private lands in the Northeast Goose Zone will now close at sunset, but those public lands with a 2 p.m. closure will retain that closing time.
In other waterfowl-related business, beginning with the 2015-2016 waterfowl seasons, waterfowl hunters on Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Union and Crittenden counties must cease hunting by 2 p.m. Three additional permanent blind sites will be added in the Town Creek Moist Soil Unit at Doug Travis WMA in Carlisle and Hickman counties. These new blinds sites will be included in the Aug. 29 preseason drawing for blind sites.
In other wildlife-related business, the commission also recommended implementing some safety measures at shooting ranges owned by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Commission members proposed eliminating pistol use at the tube shooting ranges as well as smoking. These ranges will close one day per week for maintenance and event scheduling.
The commission also recommended restricting the use of unsafe calibers that exceed the limitations of the current design of these shooting ranges.
The commission proposed allowing the use of any rimfire handgun or .410-gauge handgun for small game hunting.
In fisheries-related business, the commission recommended permitting the use of pneumatic air bow systems for bow fishing. They also proposed to discontinue private farm pond stocking and redirect public requests for fish to the private hatcheries.

Fishing tournaments Aug. 25- Sept. 1

There are no fishing tournaments scheduled for Barren River Lake Aug. 25- Sept. 1.  other than the regular weekday tournaments.
There are no tournaments scheduled until the weekend of Sept. 11-13.
– Sept. 11, the Caveland Oldtimers Fishing Club will sponsor a Wounded Warrior event at Port Oliver Recreation Area. They will host Wounded Warriors to a day of fishing and fun. If you would be interested in donating items for a “goodie bag” for the veterans, contact Tom Stokes at 270-427-0774.
– Sept. 12-13, the Walmart BFL will return to Port Oliver for a two-day tournament. It is an OPEN tournament on Saturday with the top 20 advancing to fish on Sunday. For more information, log on to Walmart BFL on Barren River Lake.

Weekday Tournaments out of Port Oliver Recreation Area:
Mondays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 2 Fish 1 slot included
Tuesdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – One fish (big fish)
Thursdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 3 fish one slot included
All times are Central Time.

Barren River Lake waterfowl blind drawing set for Oct. 3 at Corps office

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), including Barren River Lake.
Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl hunting permit and a federal migratory bird permit (also known as a duck stamp) at the time of the drawing.
Those born after Jan. 1, 1975 who participate in the drawing must also possess their hunter education card.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Barren River Lake WMA in Allen and Barren counties will be from 7 – 9 a.m. CT, Saturday, Oct. 3. The drawing will be held at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office, located at the Barren River Lake dam off KY 252.
For information about other waterfowl blind drawings, click drawings.
Hunters drawn for blinds on Barren River Lake must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2015-2016 waterfowl seasons. Each drawn hunter may select a co-owner of the blind site for use in the absence of the hunter drawn. The co-owner must be present at the drawing.
Hunters may construct a permanent blind or use a boat or portable blind, but each blind site must be permanently pinned with a permanent marker identifying permit holders for the site. Those hunters selected hold first rights for use of the blind site, but these blind sites are open to public use if the selected hunters are not in the blinds by 30 minutes before shooting time.
Before hunting migratory birds, hunters must now go online to fw.ky.gov or call 1-800-858-1549 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time and fill out the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey before they are legal migratory bird hunters.
The process takes less than 5 minutes. Go to the “My Profile” tab on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website to fill out the survey. Hunters who complete the survey will receive a confirmation number. This number must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report Aug. 21


By Josh Morris
The weather is cooling down, but the fishing is still hit or miss.
Bass are being caught on plastic worms on flats in 8 – 15 ft.
Hybrids are still being caught at night under lights.
Crappie are also being caught at night under lights.
Catfish are being found near deep water on points.
Bluegill are scattered and can be found about anywhere.
Thank you for reading.
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, Psycho Fishing Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

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Trashmasters Classic will be Sept. 19

The 28th annual Trashmasters Classic Lakeshore Cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8- 11:30 a.m., on Barren River Lake.
Volunteers will clean the shoreline as a part of the National Public Lands Day.
People and pontoon boats are needed to help clean up.
Volunteers will meet at the docks at The Narrows, Walnut Creek, Baileys Point, Barren River Lake State Park, and Port Oliver Recreation Area to begin the day. They will board pontoon boats to scour the shorelines for trash. Trash will then be collected and returned to the docks for weighing and disposable.
At noon, volunteers will be honored at the state park’s Sunset Cove with a picnic and awarded with prizes for their hard work. Prizes include a kayak package.
Pontoon boats and captains are being sought to transport volunteers around the lake. Captains will receive a gift card for gas and be placed into a drawing for cash and prizes up to $250.
For more information, call 270-646-2055 or log on to Friends of Barren River Lake.
This annual event is sponsored by Friends of Barren River Lake and Park, ServiceMaster Clean, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- Louisville District, Smuckers, Walmart, WBKO-TV, SCA, and Kentucky State Parks.

Fishing Tournaments Aug. 18-24

There is one fishing tournament scheduled for Barren River Lake Aug. 18- 24, other than the regular weekday tournaments.

Saturday, Aug. 22
There will be a F.T.F. Open Bass Tournament on Barren River Lake Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Port Oliver Recreation Area boat ramp.
Boats will take off at 6 p.m. CT, with weigh-in set for 1 a.m.
It is an OPEN tournament.
For more information, contact Morris Hogue by calling 270-331-4117.

Weekday Tournaments out of Port Oliver Recreation Area:
Mondays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 2 Fish 1 slot included
Tuesdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – One fish (big fish)
Thursdays 6- 9:30 p.m. – 3 fish one slot included
All times are Central Time.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report Aug. 14

By Josh Morris
The fishing on Barren River Lake has improved some this week.
Bass have been in 8 – 14 ft. of water. Shakey heads with custom floating worms have been good.  Also, Carolina rig has been producing.
Crappie are still being caught under lights at night.
Hybrid are being caught at night between islands under lifts and trolling.
Catfish are good on points and flats with cut bait or live bait.
Blue Gills are still in good schools close to bluffs and feeding close to surface.
Thanks for reading,
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, Psycho Fishing Lures, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Expo at Sloan Convention Center this weekend

The Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Expo will be in Bowling Green’s Sloan Convention Center this weekend, Aug. 14- 16. It will be open Friday 2- 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission is $10, with children under 12 FREE. Free parking.
Coupon for Two for One Admission. 
It will include over 150 booths of hunting and archery products, boating and fishing equipment, campers and RVs, and outdoor recreational products.
Expo Show Program

Barren River Lake drowning victim is Clay Nelson, 21, of Bowling Green

Divers recovered the body of Clay Nelson, 21, of Bowling Green near The Narrows on Barren River Lake at about 1:30 p.m. today.
Nelson had been missing since Sunday morning  when he dove into the water near The Narrows and never resurfaced.
He was a 2012 graduate of South Warren High School, where he was an All-State kicker for the Spartans. He walked on as a kicker for Western Kentucky University.
Nelson is the son of Mark and Melissa Nelson of Bowling Green. Mark Nelson coached football at both Greenwood and South Warren high schools. Melissa was a teacher in the Warren County school system.
The Barren County Rescue Dive Team was dispatched to The Narrows Sunday, just after 9 a.m., following a call concerning the possible drowning of a young male.
Several rescue and fire departments have been searching the same cove at The Narrows that claimed the life of Nathan “Nate” Jury earlier this year.
A witness saw the man go under the water, but he did not resurface
Divers with the Campbellsville Search and Rescue Team made the discovery.