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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Tail waters of Lake Cumberland offer excellent winter fishing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Consistency is a trait all anglers love in a body of water. Most lakes and rivers in Kentucky go through seasonal temperature swings that make fishing tough during the hottest and coldest months of the year. The Cumberland River below Lake Cumberland fishes as consistently as any body of water in Kentucky. The water temperatures of the Cumberland River at Burkesville...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Three productive winter crappie fishing spots for those who enjoy solitude

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Winter is a season of nesting for many Kentuckians. Hot cocoa and a book by the fireplace is more appealing than getting outside in the wet and cold. However, for those who enjoy solitude and having lakes completely to themselves, winter is the best time to get outside and fish. Contrary to the stubborn belief of many anglers, fish bite all winter long. “There...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Anglers find late winter is quality time for stream smallmouth

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward A stretch of mild weather that loosens winter’s grip is an alarm bell for stream smallmouth anglers fed up with being stuck indoors. For them, wade fishing a cold stream for bronzebacks is a surefire way to melt away the winter doldrums. This is a laborious style of fishing. Hours spent casting and retrieving at a painstakingly slow pace may produce just a few...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Weather matters when planning for a 'glory day' of fishing

Chad Miles (left) and his brother Matt fish Dale Hollow Lake last December. The darkening clouds in the background portend the coming low barometric pressure front that prompted a morning of productive early winter fishing for smallmouth bass. This scenario is one of the best weather patterns for productive fishing (F&W Photo)   This is the fifth of a series of articles detailing essential...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Weather matters when planning for a ‘glory day’ of fishing

Chad Miles (left) and his brother Matt fish Dale Hollow Lake last December. The darkening clouds in the background portend the coming low barometric pressure front that prompted a morning of productive early winter fishing for smallmouth bass. This scenario is one of the best weather patterns for productive fishing (F&W Photo)   This is the fifth of a series of articles detailing essential...