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Memorial weekend launches summer boating season; conservation officers step up patrols — be safe

It’s going to feel a lot like summer across Kentucky for the unofficial start of the season. For many anglers, paddlers and pleasure boaters, relief from the warmer weather over the Memorial Day holiday weekend on May 25-27, 2019 will come on one of Kentucky’s waterways. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources wants everyone to have an enjoyable time while staying safe on the water. “Memorial...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Holiday gift ideas for the anglers, hunters and target shooters on your list

Is there an angler, hunter or target shooter on your holiday shopping list? New gear is always an appreciated gift. Below are some items they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning: The Z Man Turbo Crawz(Photo provided) • For the bass angler, advanced plastic baits from Z Man Fishing. Their proprietary manufacturing process created ElaZtech® material, which is soft and pliable, yet...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wild weather makes deciphering Spring white bass runs challenging

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward This spring seems like one long continuation of late winter. As soon as we get a warm day, the temperature plunges and we are back in February again. It even snowed on Monday of the third week of April. This up and down weather combined with cold rains has the spring fishing season behind by a few weeks. The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters of reservoirs...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hunters, anglers can never have too many tools for different outdoor chores

Hunters and anglers can’t have too many knives. It’s not about hoarding or collecting, but rather having the right tool for every job. We’re talking primarily about blades for eviscerating, skinning, and de-boning game, including shears and saws to aid in the butchering, and tools to scale, skin, and fillet fish. All these tools, and more, are needed for the wide range of outdoor chores. Here’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring fishing is underway, but anglers should monitor weather trends

The calendar says yes, but the weather forecast can be iffy. Spring fishing is underway and now is the time for anglers to pay close attention to weather trends — temperature fluctuations, outlooks for precipitation, and storm fronts, to pick the best times to wet a line. Springtime in Kentucky means unsettled weather, and sometimes snow, as we experienced this week. Make the most of your time...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Kentucky announces updated 2018 fishing regulations effective March 1

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1. “Anglers requested this regulation,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The amount of hours spent crappie fishing and the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Light-weight kayak, folding fish station top holiday angler gifts

The holiday shopping season is underway. Here’s some gift ideas for the angler on your shopping list:   Native Watercraft Fishing Kayak   No gas, no oil, no engine maintenance, no annual boat registration fee or expensive tow vehicle. What angler wouldn’t want a fishing kayak? Just put it on a automobile roof rack or in the bed of a pickup, strap it down, and take off to the nearest farm...

New land acquired for public use by hunters and anglers, expected to be open in August

  Bald eagle’s nest (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.   Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.   “What...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Striped bass fishing on Cumberland will be best in years

By Art Lander Jr. Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: This column is from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Spring Fishing Frenzy series.   As winter begins to lose its grip, striped bass in Lake Cumberland are on the move.   “We have threadfin shad, gizzard shad and alewives in Lake Cumberland,” said Benjy Kinman, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky...