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Seven Kentucky State Parks recognized in ‘Best in Kentucky’ awards from Kentucky Living magazine

Seven Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards, which were announced Thursday at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The seven parks honored were My Old Kentucky Home, Cumberland Falls, John James Audubon, Green River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Natural Bridge and Barren River Lake. Kentucky State Park employees (from left) Richard Blanton, Wes Lanham,...

First phase of three-year fish habitat restoration project at Barren River Lake now complete

Extensive fish-attracting habitat was recently placed in the Peter Creek arm of Barren River Lake this past week, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, public volunteers and other agency partners. “This is part of our ongoing effort to restore fish habitat in our larger reservoirs,” said Ron Brooks, director of...

Sandhill crane tours offered January 23-27 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home. Join Barren River Lake State Resort Park during its Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27 to get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area.  Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Colds temperatures mean optimistic outlook for upcoming waterfowl season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The first snippets of snow fell last week, making most people frown, but put a smile on the faces of Kentucky waterfowl hunters. The cold weather the week before the waterfowl season opener on Thanksgiving Day is a good sign. “Waterfowl hunting in Kentucky is nearly 100 percent weather dependent,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s Sandhill Crane season marks sixth year as population continues to expand

Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky twice a year, from their breeding grounds to wintering grounds, and back. Their migration corridor is bounded roughly by Henderson, in the west, to Lexington, in the east. The sandhill cranes that are being hunted in Kentucky are birds that winter here. Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky twice a year along a corridor bounded roughly by Henderson, in the...

Geocaching Weekend set for Oct. 29-30 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Geocaching Weekend at Barren River Lake is scheduled for Oct. 29-30. Visitors are invited to join the staff at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in a high-tech treasure hunt using hand-held GPS devices. Special caches that are suitable for all levels and types of “cachers” will be hidden throughout the park. The weekend will also feature a chili supper and a haunted night cache on Saturday evening. Geocaching...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Once thought to only exist in Kentucky, spotted bass abound

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.   Glenn Barber of Versailles holds a spotted bass caught in Indian Creek on Lake Cumberland. Spotted bass from schools in fall, making for exciting and productive fishing. Lakes across Kentucky hold burgeoning populations...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Keep an eye on water, weather trends for early fishing opportunities

Anglers can access daily water conditions at Green River Lake and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Kentucky by visiting lake websites (see below). (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)   Spring begins on Thursday, March 20, but most anglers would probably say they want to go fishing now.   It’s been a long, cold winter.   Late winter offers good fishing opportunities...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Fish offshore structures for post-spawn largemouth bass

Larry Williams of Hamlin holds a largemouth bass caught in early summer from Kentucky Lake. Anglers need to move offshore and fish channel ledges, submerged humps and long points that extend well out into the lake to consistently catch hot weather largemouth bass during the day. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The wet and unseasonably cool weather pattern lately...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: ‘Largemouth bass on the brain’ a common malady these days

Ryan Kausing, fisheries technician for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a big largemouth bass found during population sampling in the headwaters of Barren River Lake. The numbers of largemouth bass over 20 inches in Barren River Lake continue to increase, and spring is the best time of year to catch a trophy. (Photo provided)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You...