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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,...

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...

Water levels near record high at Lake Cumberland due to heavy rains; Wolf Creek Dam released water

The water level at Lake Cumberland is at a near record high due to recent heavy rains, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the largest ever quantity of water from the lake at Wolf Creek Dam, which could exacerbate flooding of low-lying areas along the Cumberland River below the dam. 
Up until now, water managers at the Corps’ District headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., said the largest...

Portion of Hatchery Creek below Lake Cumberland’s Wolf Creek Dam to remain temporarily closed

The upper section of Hatchery Creek in Russell County will tentatively remain closed until Dec. 11 to allow contractors time to finish renovation work. Completion of this work is weather dependent. This section of creek, which is located below Lake Cumberland’s Wolf Creek Dam, closed to fishing Nov. 1 while construction was underway. Anglers should call the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to check...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Falling water, cold fronts make autumn bass fishing a challenge

John Williams, southeastern fisheries district program manager for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a huge smallmouth bass he caught from Laurel River Lake in late fall. Overcoming the challenges of fall fishing may lead to landing brutes like this one. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You arrive at the Holcomb’s Landing Ramp just...

Fish and Wildlife officials propose new fishing regulations including no culling of stock trout

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended prohibiting the culling of trout statewide and proposed other fishing regulations.   (Photo from Ky. Dept of F&W) The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must...

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...