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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: A fall fishing festival, the reservoir smallmouth bass season is in full swing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Reservoir smallmouth anglers are a weird lot. They dangle tiny little hair jigs under bobbers in air so cold ice forms in the guides of their rods. They think the best late fall fishing days feature leaden, low skies, light rain and highs in the 40s. The record heatwave of early October is now a memory. The bracing morning air and cooler, longer nights signal to...

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,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: As wet weather continues, monitor lake and river levels for fishing success

Our wet spring continues. Many of the state’s best fishing lakes are very high now, and localized flooding is likely to keep anglers off streams and rivers for some time. Tuesday’s wave of heavy rainstorms, on top of an already saturated ground, brought another surge of runoff. Since mid-March, lake and river levels have been going up and down dramatically. This unsettled weather pattern is driving...

Kentucky State Police raffling off 2018 Dodge Charger to support Trooper Island for underprivileged children

The Kentucky State Police are taking a walk on the wild side this year to support their Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children. The agency is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2018 Dodge Charger R/T 392 ScatPack, a four-door, five-passenger ride that combines legendary muscle car heritage with safety and comfort features suitable for family duty. Cloaked in a Destroyer Grey...

Trooper Island receives $15,000 from Delta Dental Kentucky to support oral hygience

  Delta Dental of Kentucky has presented the Kentucky State Police with a check for $15,000 to support oral hygiene at the agency’s Trooper Island Camp.   The funding was awarded to assist the camp with its efforts to be a place where the youth of Kentucky can come and forget the tensions and turmoil of their everyday lives and for one week experience a touch of hope and desire of a better...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Kentucky has record with largest smallmouth bass in world

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff artist Rick Hill, left, and “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Tim Farmer admire a smallmouth bass Farmer caught from Dale Hollow Lake in early spring. Dale Hollow Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland hold some of the largest smallmouth bass in the world. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Almost 60 years later, spotted bass still Kentucky’s state gamefish

The spotted bass has been Kentucky’s state gamefish since 1956. (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   The spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) has found a home in Kentucky.   On Feb. 27, 1956, Kentucky’s General Assembly passed Senate Resolution 70, establishing the spotted bass as Kentucky’s state gamefish. Soon afterwards, the legislation was signed into law by Gov. Albert B. “Happy”...

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: Best time to catch trophy smallmouth bass – if you can stand it

Scot Ortwein of Park Hills holds a 21-inch smallmouth bass caught yesterday from Laurel River Lake. The trophy smallmouth fell for a 3-inch pearl swimbait. The cold water period of fall, winter and early spring is the best time of year to fish for large smallmouth bass in reservoirs such as Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow Lake and Laurel River Lake. (Photo from F&W)   This is one in a series...