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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Taylorsville Lake one of Kentucky’s most popular recreational resevoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about Kentucky’s major resevoirs In part because of its close proximity to Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area, Taylorsville Lake is arguably central Kentucky’s most popular reservoir. Located about 25 miles southeast of Louisville in Spencer, Anderson, and Nelson Counties, Taylorsville Lake offers excellent fishing and is a convenient...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Let’s go fishing which is best in Spring; we’re blessed with abundance of lakes and streams

We are blessed here in Kentucky with an abundance of streams and lakes, excellent fishing and no closed seasons. While the unofficial start to spring fishing begins with the new license year on March 1, we can fish year-round, weather permitting. Quality crappie is the name of the game at Taylorsville Lake, 3,050 acres in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. (US Army Corps of Engineers photo) If...

Experimental device could block Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley; construction now underway

An experimental project designed to deter Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky is now underway. If weather conditions remain stable, the project is scheduled to become operational by fall. “We’re anxious to get this test underway because it has the potential to be a real game changer in the battle against Asian carp,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for the Kentucky...

Additional fishing access opens at Taylorsville Lake WMA; road opening along Salt River benefits anglers

A portion of River Road paralleling the Salt River in Anderson County is now open to anglers wishing to fish the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake for the spring white bass run. The gated accesses at Palmer Road and Old River Road off KY 44 at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will remain open from daylight until dark into summer, except for closures during the youth-only and general spring...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wild weather makes deciphering Spring white bass runs challenging

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward This spring seems like one long continuation of late winter. As soon as we get a warm day, the temperature plunges and we are back in February again. It even snowed on Monday of the third week of April. This up and down weather combined with cold rains has the spring fishing season behind by a few weeks. The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters of reservoirs...

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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Spring fishing is underway, but anglers should monitor weather trends

The calendar says yes, but the weather forecast can be iffy. Spring fishing is underway and now is the time for anglers to pay close attention to weather trends — temperature fluctuations, outlooks for precipitation, and storm fronts, to pick the best times to wet a line. Springtime in Kentucky means unsettled weather, and sometimes snow, as we experienced this week. Make the most of your time...

State Fish and Wildlife Department to remove largemouth bass from Anderson County’s Beaver Lake

The Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to remove smaller largemouth bass from Beaver Lake in Anderson County to improve the quality of bass and sunfish. The removed bass will be released into Boltz Lake in Grant County and Taylorsville Lake in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. “The largemouth bass are becoming too crowded in Beaver Lake, which...

State anglers will get additional access to section of Salt River with opening of new road

Road access to a section of Salt River above Taylorsville Lake is now open for vehicles in preparation for the coming white bass spawning run. The gated accesses at Palmer Road and Old River Road off KY 44 at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will remain open from daylight until dark through late summer, except for closures during youth and spring turkey seasons. The gates will remain...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Three productive winter crappie fishing spots for those who enjoy solitude

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Winter is a season of nesting for many Kentuckians. Hot cocoa and a book by the fireplace is more appealing than getting outside in the wet and cold. However, for those who enjoy solitude and having lakes completely to themselves, winter is the best time to get outside and fish. Contrary to the stubborn belief of many anglers, fish bite all winter long. “There...

Funds originally set aside to rebuild defunct church donated to Sunrise Children’s Services

Sunrise Children’s Services recently became part of the legacy of a venerable old church that today lies beneath the waters of Taylorsville Lake. Mrs. Garnett Mobley, sole remaining member of the defunct Ashes Creek Baptist Church, presented Sunrise with a donation of more than $68,000 on behalf of the agency’s Spring Meadows facility, a residential home for abused and neglected boys ages 12 to...

Access to Salt River open daylight to dark through mid-April for off-road bank fishing

Seasonal access to the Salt River above Taylorsville Lake reopened this past weekend in preparation for the coming white bass spawning run.   The Palmer Road access on Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area will remain open from daylight until dark through April 11. The gravel road which parallels the Salt River in the WMA is normally gated to vehicles except during quota deer hunts in fall.   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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Crappie season is in sight – finally – don’t be left out in the cold

This white crappie was caught from the Jonathan Creek arm of Kentucky Lake last March. With warmer daytime temperatures on the horizon, the crappie fishing season should soon be in full swing. Crappie begin spawning when water temperatures reach the low 60s. (Photo from Ky. Fish & Wildlife)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   This past March set 17 records for lowest minimum daily...

New varsity sport luring Tates Creek High students onto its co-ed bass-fishing team

The bass-fishing team from Tates Creek High School went to Wilgreen Lake near Richmond to prepare for the Region 2 qualifier. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Students who enjoy the great outdoors and the challenge of landing a catch have found a new outlet on their school’s bass-fishing team. While some might be long accustomed to fishing for fun, this organized...