Rhoades, Stone leading T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Regional Oct. 19-21

Update: Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Tim Rhoades is leading the pro division with a two-day combined catch of 24 lbs. 10 ozs. Jim Stone of Greenwood, Indiana, leads the co-angler division with a two-day combined weight of 20 lbs. 11 ozs.
Weigh-in for the final day, Saturday, Oct. 21, is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove).
Complete two-day results may be found at FLW Fishing Tour Results.

Barren River Lake will host a T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional Tournament this weekend, Oct. 19-21. The Barren River Lake Regional is one of six BFL Regional Tournaments. The three-day event, presented by Lowrance, will feature the highest-ranked 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Great Lakes, LBL, and Michigan BFL divisions.

Take off each day will be from the Port Oliver Recreation Area at 7 a.m. CDT. Weigh-ins Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20, will be at Port Oliver, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in, Oct. 21, will be at 4 p.m., at the Barren River Lake State Park Beach (Sunset Cove). Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

The top six boaters and co-anglers at each regional will advance to one of the longest-running championships in bass fishing – the 2018 BFL All-American, which will be held May 31-June 2 on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The winning boater will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and a check for $20,000, while the winning co-angler will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The T-H Marine BFL Regional Tournament on the Barren River is hosted by the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist & Convention Commission.


Cooler, oxygenated water in shallows draws baitfish and the bass will follow

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
The length of day relative to the time of year never changes. As the nights lengthen slightly with each passing day in fall, the overnight temperatures drop and pull heat from the top layers of lakes.
This development is already underway but will peak over the next month and make excellent fishing conditions for black bass.
“The cooler, oxygenated water in the shallows draws baitfish and the bass follow to feed heavily,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The shorter days signal to bass that winter is coming and they must feed heavily in fall.”
The shallow movement of black bass, mainly largemouth bass, but a few spotted bass and even smallmouth on lakes that have them, presents the best bass fishing opportunities of the year for bank-bound anglers.
Water temperatures in Kentucky’s major reservoirs are in the mid-70s. When the temperatures drop into the 60s, bank anglers should hit the lower 1/3 of the main lake or major creek arm of our major reservoirs and the dam area of our smaller, state-owned lakes. You will have as good a chance at a 5-pound or better bass as someone with a bass boat that costs as much as many people’s homes.
Bank fishing, like wade fishing streams, returns anglers to a time when all they had was a small, one-tray tackle box and a Zebco 33 combo. You can concentrate on fishing, not fighting wind with a trolling motor or fiddling with a cranky sonar unit. You can bring one rod and one small tackle bag or box and have all you need.
Map study is paramount for finding productive spots to bank fish for bass in fall. Points with the old river or major creek channel running close to them are tops. Most of our major reservoirs have boat ramps and recreational areas in the lower areas of the main lake or a major creek arm that offer public bank access.
Our smaller, state-owned lakes have a 50-foot easement for the public to access the bank for fishing. Visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov and click on the “Find a Place To Fish” tab. Many of the state-owned lakes now have 5-foot contour maps and locations of fish attractors featured on this helpful web page.
“You can use a more active bait in fall, especially if you are fishing from the bank,” Ross said. “Crankbaits and spinner baits work well in fall. You don’t have to slow things down too much. When they are up shallow, they are pretty active.”
Medium-running crankbaits in shad-colors such as chrome and black work wonders as do white spinnerbaits with skirts of black, silver with touches of blue. “Keep moving and cover water,” Ross said. “You don’t have to be too fancy, just get the bait in front of the bass.”
You will catch mainly largemouth bass, but in the lower sections of lakes such as Lake Cumberland, Barren River Lake or Green River Lake that hold smallmouths, a marauding bronzeback may savage your lure, especially on overcast days. You may also pick up a football-shaped spotted bass. Spotted bass make excellent table fare. It generally benefits the black bass population in the lake if you harvest some spotted bass, one of the reasons they have no minimum size limit.
Boat ramps are another spot to catch bass, especially largemouths and spotted bass. Nearly all boat ramps have a gouge hole at the end of them from the blast of outboards scouring the bottom when trailering a boat. By mid-October, boat ramps get little action from boats, so working a crankbait over the gouge hole at the end of the ramp can produce fantastic action.
The riprap rock that armors the face of most reservoir dams also draws baitfish and bass in fall. “Dams hold those bass when they come shallow in fall and make really good fishing spots for bank anglers,” Ross said.
Crankbaits and spinnerbaits work well for fishing the dam riprap, but a large crappie minnow or small to medium shiner hooked through upper lip with a 1/0-circle hook and a couple of BB-sized split shot weights usually outfishes everything. Keep the outfit moving slowly to avoid hanging the split shot weights in the riprap. Bottom fishing live bait off channel points also works wonders in fall.
Fall is a delightful time to grab a rod, a small tackle bag and hit the bank. The weather is comfortable and the fish hungry.

Man drowns in Barren River Lake

A Glasgow man drowned in Barren River Lake late last night near the Austin boat ramp.
The man has been identified as Richard David Cross, 49, of Glasgow.
Law enforcement officials were called to investigate a truck that had run into Barren River Lake about 11:30 p.m.
The truck was discovered in about 13 ft. of water.
Cross’ body was found about 1:30 a.m.
Units of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, along with the Barren County Sheriff, Barren County Rescue Squad, and Barren County Coroner, investigated the drowning.

Port Oliver Yacht Club ends season Saturday with Pirates Plunder Regatta

The Port Oliver Yacht Club on Barren River Lake will conclude its 2017 sailing season this Saturday, Oct. 14, with the annual Pirates Plunder Regatta.
The regatta will start shortly after the 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting on Saturday.
POYC members are reminded to remover their boats from the water as the U.S. Corps of Engineers has already begun the lake annual drawdown to Winter Pool.

Scottsville hosts Boo Bash Oct. 14

Scottsville, just 10 miles south of Barren River Lake, will host its annual fall festival, Boo-Bash, Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4-9 p.m., on the Square. Admission is free.
The event is hosted by the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Scottsville.
The Boo Bash will feature-
– Annual Invasion of the Scarecrows  decorations,
– Local music talent in the Pocket Park just off the Square,
– Halloween story time at the Allen County Public Library,
– Grave Line Tour through the city’s historic cemetery, by the Historical Society,
– Face painting, cotton candy and a popcorn machine by the Up All Night parents,
– Chamber of Commerce annual cake walk,
– Trail of Treats trick-or-treating with local businesses downtown,
– Punkin’ Chunkin’ with the Heart of Scottsville,
– Kid Zone Jumpies,
– Food vendors, including Tooleys, Hot Dog Factory, Tinsley’s Food in the Fast Lane, Wards Chapel, and more to come,
– Coffee Cart with apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, lattes, and more,
– and, Businesses on the Square will be staying open late through the festival.
For more information, contact the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce at 270-237-4782.

Barren River Lake drawdown for winter pool begins Oct. 11, lake dropping daily

Barren River Lake will begin falling about a 0.3- 0.4 ft. per day, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11.
The Barren River Lake winter drawdown will begin Oct. 11, according to the Barren River Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office. The drawdown was originally scheduled to begin Oct. 18.
With the annual drawdown, boaters are reminded to pull their boats out of water and position docks for winter pool.
Dependent on rainfall, the lake levels are estimated to be at 550.3 ft. on Sunday, Oct. 15, and 549.2 ft. by Wednesday, Oct. 18.
The drawdown change is to support navigation of the Ohio River at Lock and Dam 52.
Questions may be directed to the Corps office at 270-646-2055.

Barren River Lake State Park Dock
Seasonal slip occupants at the Barren River Lake State Park Dock are asked to have their boats out of the water by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Kentucky fall foliage colorful

Fall is here!
Leaves across the Bluegrass are beginning to show their true colors.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has again created a site, Fall Foliage, to follow the colors of the season across the Commonwealth.
There is also a site, Autumn Coloration, that is a guide to Kentucky trees and their leaf coloring.
Additional Fall web sites:
Locations – list of the best places to see fall foliage in Kentucky,
Trails – provides scenic locations for drives and hikes,

Barren River Lake State Park extends 25% lodging discounts into weekends

Barren River Lake State Park has extended its 25 percent discounts on lodging into the weekends in October. It is offering 25 percent discounts on rooms, villas and cabins the weekends of Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-14. Rooms in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge will be $79 the weekend of Oct. 27-28.
The park will also offer 25 percent discounts on rooms, villas and cabins Sunday- Thursday nights through Oct. 31.
However, you must mention the park’s Facebook page at the time of making your reservation to receive any of the lodging discounts.
All guest who utilizes the 25 percent discount will also receive an entry into the park’s Murder Mystery Theater Package drawing.
The Murder Mystery Theatre package is for Saturday, January 27, and includes overnight lodge room accommodations, dinner, and breakfast, plus the Murder Mystery Theatre show. The winner will be drawn at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Barren River Lake campgrounds’ openings, closings for fall

Barren River Lake campgrounds have announced their closing for this fall.
The Narrows and Tailwater campgrounds are already closed for the year.
The remaining campgrounds and their closing dates are:
Walnut Creek Campground– Oct. 15.
Baileys Point Campground– Oct. 22.
Barren River Lake State Park Campground– Nov. 12.

Barren River Lake campgrounds celebrate Halloween with activities

Two campgrounds around Barren River Lake will have special activities around the Halloween theme.
Baileys Point will have its annual Boo Bash the weekends of Oct. 6-8 and 13-15.
Barren River Lake State Park will have its Un-BOO-lievable Weekend, Oct. 27-29.
Activities at both campgrounds will include costume and pumpkin carving contests, along with a variety of other events.
And, there will be lots of candy Trick or Treating around the campgrounds.