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Lexington angler Clay Smith hooks state-record saugeye on Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam

Lexington angler Clay Smith was trolling a pink and white Berkley Flicker Shad crankbait for trout on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam when a fish struck. “I hooked it and thought it was an extremely large trout or a walleye,” Smith said. “When I got it in the boat, I truly thought it was a walleye. My fishing buddy thought it was a sauger.” It turns out it was both. Smith’s 8-pound,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s fourth species of Black Bass a mystery limited to Cumberland headwaters

Anglers across Kentucky are intimately familiar with the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted (Kentucky) bass. These three black bass species are found in most of the streams and reservoirs in the state’s nine major river systems — the Tennessee, Cumberland, Tradewater, Green, Salt, Kentucky, Licking, Little Sandy and Big Sandy. But the state’s fourth species of black bass is something of...

Cutthroat Trout added to Cumberland River; trial stockings began in March for the first time

Hatchery crews with the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked 38,000 cutthroat trout in late March in the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam. “These are surplus Yellowstone strain cutthroat trout from Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All we had to do...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wade the Cumberland tailwater if you want to beat the summer heat

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The dog days of late summer slow everything down. The heat and humidity along with the long days make outside work sweaty and arduous. Fishing slows during the dog days as well. Catching game fish from a lake or stream during a 90-degree plus day provides a challenge that anglers often fail to conquer. Wading the cold waters of the Cumberland River below Lake Cumberland...

Kentucky to break ground on newest ‘in-lieu’ wetlands and stream restoration project

U.S. Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. John L. Hudson and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state legislators and Russell County officials on Friday, Aug. 8, in breaking ground for Kentucky’s newest in-lieu fee program wetlands and stream restoration project just below the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery at...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Flowing waters like Cumberland River best fishing in heat

The Cumberland River holds fish like this large brown trout sampled from the river by fisheries biologists in 2011. Wading the Cumberland River for trout or one of the many smallmouth bass streams across Kentucky in July and August produces excellent fishing. The cool water also acts as natural air conditioning.(Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The dog days of...

Asian carp die-off last month likely caused
by condition similar to ‘the bends’ in divers

Dead silver carp in Lake Barkley tailwaters (Photo by Paul Rister)   Research indicates a condition similar to “the bends” in divers likely played a role in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Asian carp in two western Kentucky rivers last month.   The die-off of invasive silver carp happened in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley dam and Tennessee River below Kentucky...

Asian carp die-off last month likely caused by condition similar to ‘the bends’ in divers

Dead silver carp in Lake Barkley tailwaters (Photo by Paul Rister)   Research indicates a condition similar to “the bends” in divers likely played a role in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Asian carp in two western Kentucky rivers last month.   The die-off of invasive silver carp happened in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley dam and Tennessee River below Kentucky...

Worst of Asian carp fish kill over; experts say half-million dead in largest carp die-off in U.S.

The worst of a fish kill that has claimed upward of a half-million Asian carp in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley dam is believed to be over.   This past Friday, fisheries biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources returned to the area as the focus shifted to learning what might have caused the considerable die-off of invasive silver carp.   “Anglers...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A lake rises, a leader falls … quite a year on fish and wildlife beat

Happy New Year!   Before we turn the page on 2013, let’s take a look back at four of the top news stories on the outdoors beat in Kentucky this past year. Here they are, in chronological order: Lake Cumberland on the rise After being lowered by more than 40 feet from its historic summer pool level, Lake Cumberland was on the rise in 2013.   The 50,250-acre reservoir, near Jamestown, had...

Comer to mosquito-plagued Western Ky.: ‘This is a serious problem … help on the way’

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will commit resources to conduct aerial mosquito control applications around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in an effort to knock down a significant infestation caused by heavy rains in the area. Department officials met with representatives of Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration last week, and the group put together...

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...