Barren River Lake State Park offering variety of activities through July 4

Barren River Lake State Park will have variety of activities for park visitors through July 4.

Saturday, July 1
2- 3 p.m.- Beach Volleyball, at Sunset Cove (beach), all ages, free.
7- 8:30 p.m.- BINGO, at shuffleboard courts (lodge), all ages, free.

Sunday, July 2
2- 3 p.m.- Water Balloon Baseball, Sunset Cove (beach), 8 years and up, free.
4- 5 p.m.- Make Your Own Flag, B.E.A.R.S. Den (lodge), all ages, free.
6- 6:45 p.m.- World of Reptiles, B.E.A.R.S. Den (lodge), all ages, free.

Monday July 3
10- 11 a.m.- American History Hike, meet in lodge lobby, all ages, free
2- 3 p.m.- Whiffle Ball Game, Highlander Field, all ages, free.
6- 7 p.m.- Patriotic Tie-Dye, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, $4 if you bring your own shirt, $8 otherwise.

Tuesday, July 4
11 a.m.- Hula Hoop Contest, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
11:30 a.m.- Limbo Contest, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
1 p.m.- Water Bucket Contest, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
1:30 p.m.- Don’t Drop the Balloon, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
2 p.m.- Watercolor Fireworks, Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
2 p.m.- Sunset Cove (beach) opens for special fireworks parking, all ages, $10.
3 p.m.- Face Painting and Sidewalk Chalk,Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
4:30 p.m.- Cardboard Boat Regatta,Shuffleboard Courts (lodge), all ages, free.
3- 6 p.m.- Beard Brothers Band, Sunset Cove (beach) all ages, free.
6- 9 p.m.- Big Joe’s Karaoke and DJ Service, hill next to lodge, all ages, free.
9 p.m.- Fireworks, shot below lodge, all ages, free.  


POYC hosts annual Herb Siewert Memorial Yankee Doodle Regatta July 2

The Port Oliver Yacht Club will host its annual Herb Siewert Memorial Yankee Doodle Regatta on Barren River Lake this Sunday, July 2. This annual regatta is designed for first-time racers of dinghies and cruisers. The skippers’ meeting is set for 10 a.m., with racing to begin shortly after. Registration is $10.
The POYC’s Great American Cookout (members only) will begin at 5:30 p.m., complete with Carolina Chicken sandwiches, plus hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream. The meal is $10 per person/ children under 12 free.
Following the cookout, will be the club’s Movie Under the Stars at 7:30 p.m., complete with popcorn.


Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

There is one tournament scheduled on Barren River Lake for this weekend, July 1.
July 1
The Kentucky West Fishers of Men #5 will host a bass tournament Saturday, July 1, on Barren River Lake. This OPEN tournament is scheduled for take off at 5:30 a.m. CT (safe light) from the Peninsula boat ramp, with weigh-in set for 3 p.m., at the ramp.
For more information, contact Joel Franks at or call 270-579-4085.

KDFWR educating public on BUI

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Boaters can feel safer during the upcoming holiday weekend as conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources join other law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2.
Operation Dry Water is a national campaign to educate the public about boating under the influence. The increased law enforcement presence around Kentucky’s lakes and rivers will serve as reminders for people not to boat impaired – the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths.
“The overall goal of our officers is not to write tickets and make arrests, but to make sure our waterways are safe for our families,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We will have enhanced patrols and increased vigilance for dangerous boaters on our waterways.”
Operation Dry Water is an annual event coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and various other law enforcement agencies. Since its inception in 2009, participating officers across the country have made contact with more than 860,000 boaters as part of their outreach efforts.
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics from 2016, alcohol use is a leading contributor in fatal boating incidents. Where the primary cause is known, alcohol is cited as the leading factor in 15 percent of boating deaths.
For Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers, reducing that statistic is critical.
“We want everyone to enjoy Kentucky’s waterways over the holiday weekend – and be safe as well,” Carrier said.

Fireworks set around Barren River Lake

There are four fireworks displays scheduled around the Barren River Lake region July 1-4.

July 1
The Citizens First Thunderfest 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, July 1. at the National Corvette Museum. Gates open at 4 p.m. CT. The evening will include live music by Tyrone Dunn & Kinfoke. There will also be a hotdog eating contest. Children’s inflatables will also be available, along with the Kentucky Army National Guard Obstacle Course.
Admission is $20 per carload; $10 wristbands for the children’s inflatables.
All proceeds support local non-profit organizations benefiting children.
The rain date is Sunday, July 2.

July 1
Light Up the Ville (Tompkinsville) is scheduled for Saturday, July 1, at the Tompkinsville City Park. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, with fireworks scheduled for dark. There will be BBQ, music and fireworks.
Admission is free.

July 4
The Friends of Barren River Lake annual July 4 fireworks over Barren River Lake is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, at 9 p.m. CT, at Barren River Lake State Park. The day will start with the band, The Beard Brothers, at the park’s Sunset Cove Beach from 3-6 p.m. Big Joes DJ Service will be playing tunes on the hill next to the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge from 6 p.m., until the fireworks. Concessions will also be available throughout the day.
Admission is free. Beach parking is $10 and opens at 2 p.m.
Rain date is July 5.

July 4
Scottsville will host fireworks Tuesday, July 4, at 9 p.m. CT, at the Dumont Hill Park, off West Cherry and North Bedelia streets. Gates open at 4 p.m. Hotdogs, chips and Chaney’s Dairy Barn ice cream will be available.
Admission is free.

Steenbergens win 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament

Team Steenbergen (Ryan, Jesse, Derek and Randy Steenbergen) won the 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament Saturday. Team Steenbergen weighed in a 34.9 lbs. catfish.

Team Steenbergen (Ryan, Jesse, Derek, and Randy Steenbergen) won the 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament Saturday with a catfish weighing 34.9 lbs.
Ryan said that the team weighed in two catfish before finding the winning catfish near Baileys Point Campground.
Six teams competed in the tournament. Eleven catfish were weighed in totaling 251.01 lbs.
Noodlers began fishing at 6 a.m., Saturday with weigh-in at 3 p.m., at Haywood Shooting Supply. Teams were only allowed to use natural fishing methods; no hooks, scuba gear or nets.
Noodlers were allowed to fish only Barren River Lake or any creek or tributary of Barren River Lake, by boat or bank.
1. Team Steenbergen (A), 34.9 lbs. $1,000.
2. Team Farmer, 29.53 lbs., $500.
3. Team Spillman, 27.8 lbs., $300.
4. Team Jones/Duvall, 25.37 lbs., $200.
5. Team Steenbergen (B), 23.86 lbs., $138.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris

Wyatt Price caught this big bass on Barren River Lake.

Hello my fishing friends. I hope everyone has had a pleasant spring filled with big fish.
Barren River Lake is starting to recede. It is almost back down to summer pool. However, with the rains from tropical story Cindy, it is expected to rise again.
Bass are out deep on long points in the main lake general summer time patterns have began to emerge. Big worms, Carolina rigs, Jigs, and shaky heads all are producing.
Crappies are 10 to 15 feet deep on brush. On sonar you can spot them pretty easy. They look like a Christmas tree of fish.
Catfish are finishing up the spawn and can be found near bluffs on transition banks.
Hybrid should be firing up around the islands.
Week before last was filled with fishing in preparation for the TH Marine BFL FLW tournament, to which I took a good shellacking. Win lose or draw, I always feel successful if I learn something and I did learn. Keeping the faith and grinding through is  a very important thing. Building momentum can be frustrating; the only way to do it is to fish.  You cannot build anything sitting on the couch.
Young anglers out there keep trudging. You will never know everything about fishing. You can always learn if you pay attention.
I like everyone else can get frustrated during a tournament and the bad thing is once that happens it can create a domino effect. The wheels come off; you have a mental break down. That is momentum you don’t want to create.
When I feel the old panic mode set in I try and remember to slow down. When I become frustrated I naturally speed up as the aggravation makes my adrenaline come up.
My partner last week was Tim Leek from Bowling Green.  About 20 minutes from weigh in, he lost an absolute Barren River Lake monster, right at the net.
It upset me more than it did him. I expressed how sorry I was about it getting away and he just shrugged and said it happens kid.  If I had been Mr. Leek I would have lost my mind. Which brings me to my lesson.
We caught fish all day; they were not the right fish. The important thing was I had a partner I enjoyed being out with. We saw the sun rise on Barren River Lake. We fished all day in God’s creation. It was a great tournament.
Don’t get so caught up in the competition that you miss all the blessings around you.
That is what I have done the week following the tournament. I have reflected, I have prayed, I have been still, and focused on what God showed me. That has helped get my mind back on track, and ready for the next tournament. I had to remind myself to rest even God takes a day off.
I want to close with something I told my son. Do something you love, because you are the one who has to live with it. The greatest thing in the universe is love. Love long, love hard, and laugh often. Don’t worry about what you can’t change, always work to be better. Be open, be patient, be kind and trust God.
God Bless each of you may you fill the live wells this weekend.

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.

Barren River Lake Fishing Touraments

Barren River Lake will host three bass tournaments and a noodling tournament this weekend, June 24-25.
However, with the forecast heavy rains, fishermen should check with sponsors about the tournaments.
Saturday, June 24
The Barren River Fishing League Co-Ed Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. The OPEN tournament is will takeoff at 6 a.m. CT, from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramps, with weigh-in set for 2 p.m., at the ramps.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at or call 270-618-1436.
Saturday, June 24
The Green River Bass Club will sponsor a tournament on Saturday, June 24. This CLOSED tournament is scheduled to takeoff at 6 p.m. CT, from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramps, with weigh-in set for 2 p.m., at the ramps.
For more information, contact Kim Clark at or 270-572-3778.
Saturday, June 24
The 5th annual Barren River Lake Noodling Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. This is an OPEN tournament. Noodlers may not enter the water until 6 a.m. CT, with weigh-in at 3 p.m. CT, at Haywood Shooting Supply on Scottsville Road in Glasgow. For more information, contact the Haywood Shooting Supply at 270-646-4015.
Sunday, June 25
The Bluegrass Bass Club is sponsoring Event 6 on Barren River on Sunday, June 25. The CLOSED tournament is scheduled for 6:20 a.m. CT, at the Barren River Lake State Park Ramp, with weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at the ramp.
For more information, contact Gary Lloyd at or call 502-6664-5681.

POYC announce three annual regattas

The Port Oliver Yacht Club has announced dates for three of its annual regattas.
June 24-25 : Summer Solstice / Glow Regatta.
July 2: Herb Siewert Memorial Yankee Doodle Regatta.
July 14-15: (rescheduled) Karl Millen Regatta.

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant offering new services

Barren River Lake State Park’s Driftwood Restaurant is offering visitors several new food services.
In addition to the restaurant’s regular breakfast menu, lunch and dinner menus and buffets, the restaurant is now offering Room Service to guests at the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge and Picnic carryouts.
Breakfast Room Service
The Driftwood Restaurant offers a lodge room service breakfast menu from 8- 10 a.m. each morning. The menu includes a Bluegrass Platter (eggs, potatoes, meat and biscuits or toasts), The BLT, Breakfast Biscuit, Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuit and Gravy, Grilled English Muffin, and an assortment of beverages.
Lunch and Dinner Room Service
The restaurant offers a lunch and dinner lodge room service menu from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. every day. The menu offers Appetizers (Cheese Curds, Buffalo Strips, Wings, and Blooming Onion), Sandwiches (Park Burger, Club, Grilled Chicken Breast, Chicken Wrap, Catfish Sandwich), and an variety of drinks.
Picnic Menu
Driftwood Restaurant also gives visitors a menu for their picnic in the park or wherever. The Picnic Menu is available daily from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and only available for pick-up to go. To avoid a wait, call at least one hour in advance.
Barren River Family Special (8 pieces of Southern Fried Chicken, 1 pint of Baked Beans, 1 pint of Mashed Potatoes, 1/2 pint of brown gravy, 1 pint of Coleslaw or Potato Salad, and 4 biscuits).
Large Barren River Family Special (12 pieces of Southern Fried Chicken, 2 pints of Baked Beans, 2 pints of Mashed Potatoes, 1 pint of brown gravy, 2 pints of Coleslaw or Potato Salad, and 6 biscuits).