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The peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

The peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

BY Lee McClellan Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold. Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended...
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Be ready when fishing opportunities arise

Be ready when fishing opportunities arise

BY Kevin Kelly Planning a fishing trip more than a couple days ahead of time can be a gamble in late winter when the weather is a mixed bag and the favorable conditions here today may be gone tomorrow. With some advance preparation, you can be ready to grab what you need and go...
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Rod Repair 101

Rod Repair 101

By Chris Erwin I think I can safely say almost every fisherman at one time or another has lost an eye or broken an eye on one of his or her fishing rods. In this short column I’m not going to try to teach you how to build your own fishing rod. However, I...
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FINs Lakes Stockings Begin This Month, Offering Excellent Late Winter Fishing

FINs Lakes Stockings Begin This Month, Offering Excellent Late Winter Fishing

BY Lee McClellan Five new lakes enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods Program (FINs) will receive stockings of trout in February, a boon to anglers tired of being house bound. Flemingsburg Old Reservoir, an 11-acre lake in Fleming County, gets 900 trout while Leary Lake, a 5-acre lake on Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in...
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February a Trophy Fish Month for the Intrepid

February a Trophy Fish Month for the Intrepid

BY Lee McClellan It seems to Kentuckians that someone accidentally dropped the sun down a storm drain about three weeks ago and it hasn’t been found yet. Day after day desolate gray skies discharged rain every few hours. Although it has been warmer than usual, this January has been a long slog. February is...
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Hunters log another top-five deer season

Hunters log another top-five deer season

BY Kevin Kelly It’s often said these are the good old days for deer hunting in Kentucky, but for those of a certain age, or new to hunting, it’s all they have ever known. The world was tip-toeing into a new millennium the last time Kentucky’s deer harvest did not break 100,000 for a...
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Squeezing Out the Last Waterfowl Hunting of the Season

Squeezing Out the Last Waterfowl Hunting of the Season

BY Lee McClellan In Kentucky, the coldest weather of the year often coincides with the best waterfowl hunting. This should prove especially true this year with the unusually warm start to the waterfowl hunting season that opened Thanksgiving Day. “Late winter seems to be our best duck and goose hunting due to the lower...
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Getting to know your new hunting rifle

Getting to know your new hunting rifle

BY Kevin Kelly Lots of hunters receive a new rifle over the holidays or take advantage of the subsequent sales to add to their collection. The impulse is to immediately dash off to the shooting range. Fighting back that urge and instead taking time to familiarize yourself with your new rifle is a good...
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Closing out 2016 with a look ahead

Closing out 2016 with a look ahead

BY Kevin Kelly The end of the year is a time for reflecting on the past 12 months and envisioning the possibilities for the new year. The directors of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Wildlife Diversity divisions at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently previewed what’s ahead in 2017. From firming-up long-range...
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Use your old Christmas tree to make new fish habitat in lakes across Kentucky

Use your old Christmas tree to make new fish habitat in lakes across Kentucky

BY Lee McClellan Those who enjoy a natural pine, cedar, spruce or fir tree for Christmas often don’t know what to do with it after the holidays. Many resort to putting it out on the street or chucking it in the backyard until spring. You can dispose of your natural Christmas tree and provide...
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