30th Trashmasters Classic Lakeshore Cleanup at Barren River Lake Sept. 16

The 30th Annual Trashmasters Classic Lakeshore Cleanup at Barren River Lake will be Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
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.

Big Changes in Registration Requirements
Due to a recent change in regulations, the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers requires a separate volunteer form with a parent or legal guardian’s signature for all volunteers under the age of 18. Signature of a group leader will no longer be accepted, even if they have separate permission forms for their participation.
It is very important that all groups bringing children without their parents contact the Corps of Engineers prior to the event to obtain the required forms. You can reach us at 270-646-2055, and we will send you the necessary forms. You can also download the forms from the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park website: www.friendsofbarrenriverlake.org.

When, Where, What to Bring
On Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., volunteers/participants should stop by any of the following areas to register: Baileys Point, The Narrows, Barren River Lake State Park, Port Oliver and Walnut Creek.
Just check in at the registration table near the boat ramp.
Groups such as Scout troops, church and school groups are highly encouraged to attend, but should call the Corps of Engineers at 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 Barren River Lake State Park beach, Sunset Cove, 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 16th year as the event emcee and music will be provided.
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.
Donations for the lakeshore cleanup may be sent to “Friends of Barren River Lake & Park”, P.O. Box 213, Glasgow, KY 42142.
All donations are tax deductible.

Pontoon Boats & Volunteers Needed
Pontoon boats are vital to this event, as they are required to shuttle volunteers and trash back and forth along the shoreline.
As a token of appreciation, pontoon boat owners will be given a choice of a $40 gift card, courtesy of the event’s sponsor, for gas reimbursement, or two nights free camping at any Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers Campground.
Tarps will be provided to line your boat for trash pick-up, and a pressure washer will be available for cleanup of your boat afterward. In addition, there will be a special prize drawing this year just for pontoon boat drivers, which includes a $250 grand prize.
Remember to have enough lifejackets available for all passengers.
If you do not have a pontoon, you can volunteer as a registration person or zone coordinator at one of the boat ramps. An informational session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14. at 6 p.m., at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office (next to the dam) for all volunteers who wish to attend.
To register for one of these jobs, or as a pontoon boat driver, please contact Holly Myers at 270-646-2055.  You may also register online at www.friendsofbarrenriverlake.org.

For More Information
For more information, call Holly Myers at the Barren River Lake, Corps of Engineers Office at 270-646-2055, or visit the Friends on Facebook at Facebook.com/Fobrlp.  You can also visit the Friends’ website at www.friendsofbarrenriverlake.org.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Bass are 20 feet deep on the main lake.  These guys can be difficult to get fired up.  Crank baits and Carolina rigged Z Man 4 inch TRD worms (these guys are very buoyant) worked well.  Finesse is also a great option now.  Drop shot and shaky head.  Slow it down and don’t over work the baits.
Hybrids have slowed down a bit still trolling between the islands.
Crappie are in 15- 18 feet of water near brush.  Live minnows are best.

It was overcast and rain was in the forecast.  I met Brian Dillon (pictured ) at Barren Outdoors to try and get on some fish.  We loaded Brian’s equipment in the boat and  headed out.  About 10 miles from the ramp is started pouring.  We waited the main storm out then launched.
I had an idea of where I wanted to go so after a short run we marked some fish and started after them.  The fish were suspended as I had figured they may be.  The trick was getting them to bite.   It didn’t take very long thanks to good weather conditions to get things going. These fish had been eating shad and were all fat,  the bait of choice was a lipless crank bait. The fish were about 20 feet deep.  So we just counted the bait down and pulled through the fish.
After we got this part figured out I wanted to check another theory.  We moved to a different area.  This theory also produced, just not as well.  I am in preparation of a couple of tournaments in September.  I am on a pattern that I feel will be key at that time.  To be ready then you have to fish where they are going to be not where they are.
What does that even mean?  Well, it is simple.  As the length of daylight hours shorten and the water temperature starts to fall bass will begin the migration back up creeks.  A lot like the spring when they transition for the spawn.  These fish use routes,  the routes need to have a few key things to them.  Food, shelter, and deep water close by is a plus.  The bass will have a huge appetite and will feed up for winter.  So if you can locate the fish in deep water and think where will they go when they move, you develop a game plan.  To fish where they are going to be one would test out by seeing if any fish are present. If they are that means there is food and shelter there.  While right now they may not be the “right fish” those fish will eventually be there on their way to the fall feeding grounds.  I just hope at the time of the tournaments that is where they will be!  Now I have the knowledge of where these fish are now.  I can follow them if I stay persistent.
Thank all of 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, G LoomisShimanoPsycho Fishing LuresBlob FishSnack Daddy LuresJackall LuresPower Pro line, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Barren River Rod & Gun Club Youth and Family Field Day scheduled for Sept. 9

The Barren River Rod & Gun Club‘s Youth and Family Field Day will be Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., (rain or shine) at the club at 230 Crow Road in Glasgow. It is free and open to the public.
The Youth and Family Field Day offers a variety of outdoor competitions, such as .22 shoots, archery shoots, casting, trap, tomahawk throw and other outdoor activities. State and community organizations will also be present to offer information, education and safety about outdoor activities.
The Youth and Family Field Day is geared toward introducing youth to outdoor activities.
There will be awards presented to contest winners and door prizes throughout the day.
All events are FREE for youth EXCEPT .22 Rifle Match, .22 Pistol Steel Shoot, Compound Archery Contest and Traditional Archery Contest.
All individuals. 17 and under, must have a waiver (provided by BRRGC on event day) completed by parent or guardian before participating in any event.
Schedule of Events
Tomahawk Fun Throw, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
*.22 Rifle Match (iron sights and optics), begins at 9 a.m.
LKS Casting, 9:30- 10:45 a.m.
Archery Fun Shoot, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
BB/Pellet Fun Shoot, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Archery contests
– 12 years and under 10 a.m.
– kids 13-20 years 10:30 a.m.
*- compound, all ages, 11:30 a.m.
*- traditional, all ages, 12:15 p.m.
LKS Squirrel Shoot 11 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.
*.22 Pistol Steel Shoot, 13 years and older, 1 p.m.
Introduction to Trap, 2:30 p.m.
Demo: making a shelter with a tarp 11:15 a.m.
*cost for participation

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.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake is scheduled to host one tournament this weekend.
Saturday, Aug. 26- Sunday, Aug. 27
The Barren River Fishing League is hosting an OPEN night co-ed tournament Saturday, Aug. 26- Sunday, Aug. 27.
The tournament is scheduled to take-off from Port Oliver Recreation Area ramps at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, with weigh-in set for 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at ronniestinson2003@yahoo.com or call 270-618-1436.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
Hello folks! I hope all is well with you, and the dog days of summer have not gotten you frustrated.
Let’s talk about fishing on Barren River Lake.
Bass are still hard to pattern.  Finesse is the most effective style right now. Drop shots and the bigger NED rigs are producing.  You can stop in at Barren Outdoors and Todd can put you on the right one.  Also, don’t forget the Skeleton Cup, a no entry fee tournament, is Sept. 30 this year. You can get with me or Todd Logsdon for details.
Hybrids are still being caught around the islands.  Live bait is best.
Crappie are in brush about 12 feet deep. Bobby Garland jigs and live minnows are good.  Also under the lights at night is producing.
Catfish are good at night cut bait works well.  Or Liver.
I spent today with Leslie, which is always a pleasure, in the Word, and on and off in prayer.
After dinner, I went to the pond to work on my finesse game. I absolutely do not like finesse fishing. I love pitching a jig and breaking jaws. I will always tends to gravitate to power fishing. However, our will isn’t always what is best for us. On or off the lake. Sometimes to produce the fruit that is best in our lives we have to get out of our comfort zone. This is particularly hard for me. To admit a change is necessary, a weakness or a fault is hard. However, loosing a tournament or not producing for Gods will is way more detrimental to us.
I caught fish tonight in a way that is not particularly fun for me, now catching fish is always fun. The old fairy wand simply bores me, but I caught fish. God is this way with us. He has worked on me spiritually and professionally today. Through seeking him he shown me his will and has gotten me past a huge road block that I had no idea was even a road block. I talk all the time about fishing to your confidence and I still believe you should. However, don’t let that stop you from trying a new technique and don’t let it keep you from trusting it will produce as well or better. We must always be adaptive. Willing to learn, and willing to fail while learning. It starts for me by looking in the mirror. Examine truly where are my weak points as a fisherman and a Christian. Then working to make them better. It is a struggle I admit. But if we are struggling that means we are reaching for something better, that we have not given up. If at first you don’t succeed you got to try and try again. Failure is not defeat, it’s a stepping stone towards growth.

I hope all of you are well.  I hope all of you catch some fish this weekend.
God Bless!

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake is scheduled to host one Bass tournament this weekend.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 19-20
The FTF August Open will be a night tournament beginning Saturday, Aug. 19, and concluding Sunday, Aug. 20.
The OPEN Bass tournament is set for takeoff at Port Oliver Recreation Area ramps at 6 p.m., CT, on Saturday, Aug. 19, with weigh-in set for 1 a.m., CT Sunday, Aug. 20, at Port Oliver.
There is a guarantee $1,000 first place prize.
For more information, contact Morris Hogue at blinkys@nctc.com or call 270-793-4411.

Kayak / canoe float times on Barren River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have established the float times for kayakers and canoeists from the Tailwater below the Barren River Lake dam, and the 101 Bridge.

Barren River Lake State Park to host weekend, Monday of ECLIPSE events

Barren River Lake State Park will host a variety of events this weekend and Monday, in connection with the solar eclipse.

Friday, Aug. 18

5 p.m., Family Feud: Come to the B.E.A.R.S. Den  (basement of Louie B. Nunn Lodge) with your family as we see which family is the best of Barren River Lake State Resort Park.
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All.

Saturday, Aug. 19
10 a.m., Snap A Pic Hike: Bring your camera (and/or) phone to the B.E.A.R.S. Den before you go on the trails in the cool morning to find things in nature. Then come back and show us what you have found. Prizes will be given to the team that find the most on our list!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All
3 p.m., Paper Plate Moons: Go to the B.E.A.R.S. Den to make your own version of the moon out of paper plates and other supplies!
Approx. Time: 30 minutes. Ages: All
7 p.m., Free Concert: Come down to the Shuffleboard Courts (behind the Louie B. Nunn Lodge) to see a free show by “Beyond The Edge.” Bring a chair and enjoy your evening as you listen to “Electric Music with no Boundaries.”
Approx. Time: 2 hours. Ages: All

Sunday, Aug. 20
2 p.m., Create your own Alien: Do you think space is strange? Get creative and make your own alien in the B.E.A.R.S. Den as the eclipse is only a day away!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All
4 p.m., Eclipse T-shirt: Bring a plain black t-shirt and meet us in the field beside the lodge swimming pool and put a twist on tie-dye t-shirts to resemble the eclipse!
Approx. Time: 30 min. Ages: All
*Bring your own black t-shirt; shirts will not be provided.
9 p.m., Star/Moon Gazing: Get in the eclipse spirit as we view the night sky at the park’s StrathBarren Field (behind the Highland Field at the front entrance to the park). See if you can find something cool while looking through our telescope!
Approx. Time: 45 min Ages: All

Monday Aug. 21
10 a.m., Educational Eclipse Hike: Beginning at the Highland Field, take a walk a section of the hike/bike trial and learn things about the eclipse that is very near!
Approx. Time: 45 min. Ages: All
11 a.m., Eclipse Crafts: Show your creative side as we make eclipse-themed crafts under the Highland Field shelters! Will yours look like the eclipse you’re about to see??
Approx. Time: 45 min Ages: All
12:30- 2:30 p.m., Solar Viewing: The eclipse is finally here! Purchase solar glasses ($1 each) and witness the partial eclipse evolve into a 99.9% eclipse of the sun!
Approx. Time: 2 hours. Ages: All
*Please do not look directly at the sun without solar glasses; permanent eye damage possible. Regular sunglasses do not provide appropriate protection.
3:30 p.m., Post Eclipse Party: Come to the Sunset Cove Beach area to celebrate the eclipse passing!
Take a swim and play some games with the rec staff!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All

Barren River Lake State Park to host “Concert in the Park” on Aug. 19

Barren River Lake State Park will host a “Concert in the Park” on Saturday, Aug. 19.
“Concert in the Park” will be from 7-9 p.m. CT.
The “Beyond the Edge Band” will provide the music and the park will provide the food.
The park will offer a variety of grilled specialty burgers and cold beverages.
Admission is FREE!