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Experimental Asian carp harvest method to be employed at Kentucky Lake during February

The deployment of an experimental Asian carp harvest method on Kentucky Lake will impact public access during the month of February. In an effort to rid the lake of thousands of invasive Asian carp, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have scheduled a research...

Eagle Watch Weekends offered at three Kentucky State Parks in January and February

Kentucky State Parks are offering Eagle Watch Weekends at three state parks during January and February 2020. Guests can see bald eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat along the shores of Kentucky Lake. Kentucky State Parks have been offering eagle tours for more than 40 years. The tours are led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The...

Marshall County High School takes top spot in 2018 KHSAA Bass Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Lake

The Marshall County High School team of Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp brought a two-day cumulative total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out 67 other teams to win the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the...

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...

Escape the hustle and bustle close to home at colorful holiday destinations throughout Kentucky

Holidays in Kentucky make for one of the most wonderful, unique times of year. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the temperature changes, basking in the foliage, with festivals and activities that showcase the state’s authentic tastes, sights and sounds. Tis the season to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday cooking, shopping and decorating. Here’s how to experience the...

State Agriculture Department, local officials take steps to address floodwater mosquito infestation

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is working with local officials in western Kentucky to combat an outbreak of floodwater mosquitoes in the Land Between the Lakes area. “We chose to take a proactive approach to stop these floodwater mosquitoes from becoming a major public nuisance,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The local governments in the area want to get ahead of...

Carp Blitz: State organizing event at Kentucky, Barkley lakes to gauge population of Asian carp

State and federal agencies, working in cooperation with volunteers, commercial anglers and fish processors, are launching a “Carp Blitz” on Nov. 8-10 to help gauge the population of invasive Asian carp in Kentucky and Barkley lakes. At least a dozen sampling crews will be netting, electrofishing and working with licensed commercial anglers to collect as many Asian carp as possible during this three-day...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department sets fall surplus, confiscated item auction for Oct. 31

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall auction of surplus and confiscated items Oct. 31 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include boats, boat motors, trucks, various farming equipment, a Yamaha Big Bear ATV and more. Bidding on surplus items is open to everyone. Confiscated auction items include shotguns, rifles, pistols, hunting equipment,...

Kenlake State Resort Park to host Hot August Blues Festival Aug. 26-27

Kenlake State Resort Park will host the 27th annual The Hot August Blues Festival Aug. 26-27. The festival is held at the park’s amphitheater on the shore of Kentucky Lake. The show opens Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. The lineup for Friday includes Deja’ Blues Band, Blues and Greys, Bottoms Up Blues Band and River Towne Alley Cats. For Saturday, the lineup features...

Old Time Kentucky: At the beginning of the Space Age, Aurora’s honorary mayor was ‘out of this world’

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Aurora had an honorary mayor who was out of this world. “Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter was officially appointed mayor of Aurora, Ky., Thursday, shortly after he entered orbit,” the United Press International reported on May 25, 1962. Aurora is a small resort community on Kentucky Lake in Marshall County. “The job is vacant,” the Associated Press quoted...

Wider boat ramp at Kentucky Lake reopens following major reconstruction project

The boat ramp at Kentucky Dam Marina on Kentucky Lake has reopened to boat launching following a reconstruction project. A new wider boat ramp at Kentucky Dam marina is now reopened (F&W Photo) The ramp, located within Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Marshall County, closed Nov. 30, 2015. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Engineering Division, working on behalf...

Kentucky Dam Marina, Lake Beshear boat ramps closing down Nov. 30 for maintenance

The boat ramps at Lake Beshear and at Kentucky Dam Marina on Kentucky Lake will temporarily close to boat launching starting Nov. 30 so both can undergo needed maintenance in the coming weeks. The Kentucky Dam Marina boat ramp reconstruction project at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Marshall County will replace the existing ramp with a five-lane ramp. Each lane will be 14 feet wide. The...

Wildcat Creek Boat Ramp on Kentucky Lake undergoing expansion project through Oct. 9

An expansion project for the parking area at Wildcat Creek Boat Ramp on Kentucky Lake is currently underway and due to the ongoing construction, the ramp will close intermittently over the next four to six weeks.   While the project is currently scheduled for completion by Oct. 9, that date is subject to change depending on progress and the weather. For specific closure information, contact the...

Public input requested during department meeting on fishing in Barkley, Kentucky lakes

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting Jan. 15 to discuss fisheries issues affecting western Kentucky.   While the primary focus will be on crappie and bass fishing in Barkley and Kentucky lakes, officials will also provide updates on Asian carp, habitat projects, catfish and paddlefish. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employees also want to hear...

Asian carp, beware! New Western Kentucky plant will catch, clean, process invasive fish

Two Asian carp species of concern include bighead carp and silver carp. (Photo from Kentucky Fish & Wildlife)   Riverine Fisheries International plans to build a fish processing operation in Fulton County in Western Kentucky to catch, clean, process, package and transport various species of invasive Asian carp found in Kentucky’s waters, Gov. Steve Beshear announced. In the process, the...

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...

Online registration lets anglers avoid traffic jams at boat ramps during fishing tourneys

Fishing tournament anglers have a handy tool that can prevent congestion at boat ramps and on the water: the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ online registration site.   Register for fishing tournaments online to avoid congestion at boat ramp. (Photo from F&W) “We’re urging tournament organizers to use this voluntary registration site to help ensure a...

Kentucky Lake makes top 10 list of crappie waters by expert anglers; Kenlake is No. 2

The sunfish family rules in North America! Bluegill are beloved – the “first fish” that delivered most of us to our beloved sport. Bass generate excitement and drive development in the tackle industry. But when it comes to earnest everyday angling pursuit, crappie rank number one across most of America.   Crappie are fan favorites because they’re abundant and widespread … and you...

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...

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...