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Swimbaits fool trophy fish

Swimbaits fool trophy fish

BY Lee McClellan Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable Sassy Shad, the paddle-tailed, shad-shaped soft plastic wonder that caught practically anything that swims. In the fishing lure world, what is old oftentimes becomes new again. Over the last decade or so, the soft-plastic swimbait stormed the fishing...
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Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

BY Kevin Kelly Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running. Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state...
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Three things to consider for spring fishing

Three things to consider for spring fishing

BY Lee McClellan The weather forecast calls for a redbud winter to hit this week. This old saying refers to cold snaps that occur in early April when the redbud trees bloom. The up and down nature of spring weather can cause consternation among anglers when planning fishing trips. Concerns about the weather is...
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Early April is Trophy Largemouth Bass Time

Early April is Trophy Largemouth Bass Time

BY Lee McClellan Now that the Kentucky-based teams are no longer in the NCAA basketball tournament, the Final Four isn’t nearly as exciting, and somewhat depressing, to watch. The best cure for any bruised feelings left by March Madness is to get out in early April and chase largemouth bass. A huge largemouth bass...
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Spring wild turkey season preview

Spring wild turkey season preview

BY Kevin Kelly Spring turkey hunting is slipping into position before daybreak and sitting still as the sun eases over the hills. It is breaking the silence with a call and getting a response that sends a shock of excitement down your spine. It is coaxing a love-struck gobbler closer and keeping your wits...
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Rockdale Boat Mart Passes One Year in Their New Location

Rockdale Boat Mart Passes One Year in Their New Location

BY Chris Erwin Rockdale Boat Mart has been around for nearly 30 years starting in the side yard of Claude Leake in the Rockdale, Kentucky area. It was then purchased by Phillip Robinson and moved near Summit RV on US 60. Over the years they have sold boats and motors, and have performed service...
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More than 6,200 students to compete in Louisville

More than 6,200 students to compete in Louisville

One of the largest school archery tournaments in the country will kick off March 31 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. More than 6,200 archers from schools around Kentucky will compete for state championships at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) tournament March 31-April 1. Tournament participants include archers...
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White bass spawning runs just around the corner

White bass spawning runs just around the corner

BY Lee McClellan February days in the 60s make for crowded boat ramps and golf courses during a time of year usually spent indoors. Everything, nature wise, seems a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. Buds show on lilac bushes, green grass already grows in bunches and the sound of lawn mowers permeates an...
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Kentucky’s Trophy Bass Program Opens for the Season Department seeks angler donations to build a better bass fishery

Kentucky’s Trophy Bass Program Opens for the Season  Department seeks angler donations to build a better bass fishery

When Murray resident Austin Gruner caught an 8.2-ounce largemouth bass bulging with developing eggs from Kentucky Lake on Feb. 10, he didn’t keep it. Instead, Gruner took his trophy to Fisherman’s Headquarters in Benton, where employees held it for pick up by a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hatchery truck. “Austin’s fish...
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Fishing licenses unlock opportunities

Fishing licenses unlock opportunities

BY Kevin Kelly The mild weather this winter has many thinking it will be an early spring across Kentucky. The earlier, the better for anglers, who by late February are like sprinters on their marks waiting for the starter’s pistol to fire. Some of the best fishing of the year is right around the...
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