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Art Lander’s Outdoors: 20 years after first proposal Green River National Wildlife Refuge now a reality

(Photo from United States Fish and Wildlife Services) Almost 20 years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) first published a proposal for a national wildlife refuge at the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers in Henderson County, the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was officially established. The announcement was made Friday, November 22 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Two tailwater floats for summer small mouth bass fishing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Anyone who loves floating streams for smallmouth bass out of a kayak, canoe or personal pontoon boat did not enjoy last year much at all. Many areas of Kentucky set annual rainfall records in 2018. It seemed a 3-inch rain hit every third day from spring through fall. Streams flowed raucous and so muddy it seemed you could cut the water with a knife. These conditions...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Green River National Wildlife Refuge near Henderson to protect nearly 24,000 acres

Plans are in the works for the establishment of a national wildlife refuge near Henderson. A statement posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website in part read, “The Service has been directed to approve the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), near the confluence of the Green River and Ohio River in Henderson County. The refuge should consist of approximately...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Early fall full of anglers’ whoops as they catch muskellunge

Dave Dreves, fisheries program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a 48 ½-inch long, 42-pound muskellunge captured and released during population sampling on Cave Run Lake this past spring. Fall is one of the most productive times to catch trophy muskellunge like this one from Cave Run Lake, Green River Lake and Buckhorn Lake. (Photo from F&W)   By...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Joint husband-wife fishing license just one of many options

(Photo from The 2014 Fishing Guide)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   As the latest winter storm took aim at Kentucky this past weekend, a brief break in the weather ahead of its arrival sent many anglers out in search of fishable water.   One trout angler at a Fishing in Neighborhoods lake in Boone County kindly reminded his shoreline acquaintances about the significance of the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Hart County’s Green River exceptional for scenery and fish

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The karst topography surrounding the Green River in Hart County produces some of the highest water quality in Kentucky. Many springs empty into the river in this stretch that pump a constant flow of clean, cold water and give the river a color more reminiscent of the shallows of the Caribbean than Southcentral Kentucky.   The Green in this stretch is...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: White bass runs ‘around the corner’ as temperatures warm

An angler reels in a white bass from the Dix River in the headwaters of Herrington Lake in this vintage photo. During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the lake held a regional reputation for productive white bass fishing during the spring runs. This fishery is on the rebound. The spring white bass runs give anglers all over Kentucky a chance at some exciting fishing.(Photo from Ky. Fish and Wildlife)   By...

Unique fishing tourney targets high-jumping Asian carp that are invading state waterways

Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a unique fishing tournament in March.   The Carp Madness Tournament March 12-13 is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian...