Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello my friends. I hope all is well with each of you. It has been another hard week of fishing in southern Kentucky, and on Barren River Lake. Hopefully, these cooler nights will make some changes take place on the water. The only thing we can tell ourselves is the fall feed is coming.
Bass are scattered at best.  No good fish to speak of are being caught.  The night bite is not on either.  The fish are suspending and seem to be most active between first light and 9 am.  Without a doubt finesse is the ticket.  Be prepared I have talked to a lot of good fishermen this week all have said the same thing,  its dead.  One or two bites is what they are getting.
Crappie are starting to do better.  They are 15 to 18 ft deep on brush.  Live bait is the ticket.
Blue Gill are good on bluffs if all else fails go get you some crickets folks!
Catfish are on flats and long points, cut bait is preferred.
Hybrids can still be found around the islands.
When the fishing gets like this, a dead zone, if you will, persistence along with faith that it will get better are our best tools. I look at the dog days of summer as a puzzle that can be unlocked. Someone can catch these “uncatchable” fish, why should it not be me or you? One big reason is the velvet lined groove we get into. My ol’ monster 10-inch worm killed them in August last year so it should this year too right?  Not necessarily. Fishing pressure is a killer. The fish see so much of the same thing they learn not to eat it. When was the last time any of you caught a fish that didn’t have some hook holes already?
With those things in mind, I have really been working on my finesse game. Drop shot I am comfortable with, NED rigs I am comfortable with, and of course the shaky head I love. Here is where I fall a bit short. Being still.  It is so hard me to let a bait soak. Our natural tendency when we feel the urgency of getting a bite I think is to speed up. I have to constantly tell my self SLOW DOWN. Letting these baits set and letting the current move them slightly is where they will shine. I think we can overwork a bait if we aren’t careful.  Remember, natural is always a good thing and a reaction bite is not always going to be the case.  So the fish this time of year are screaming for us to be still.
God also asks us to be still.  I personally have been in situations where I wanted to hear from Him, and He was silent.  I had prayed, read, fasted done all the things a person does when you seek God and his will.  With a few major exceptions. I was not still. I was not patient.  I wanted an answer right now, so much in fact that I could not slow down and listen.  No reply is an answer, and Gods answer was to slow down. Be still and know that He is Lord. God will teach us, and convict us.  We have to be able to slow down and let it soak 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, Jackall Lures, Power Pro line, and Freddie’s Dugout.

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