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Top-water lures during low light periods break the mid-summer doldrums

Top-water lures during low light periods break the mid-summer doldrums

BY Lee McClellan An old saying among bass anglers declares they would rather catch one bass on a top-water lure than 10 on anything else. The shake-inducing strike of a huge black bass savaging a top-water lure at dawn is as addictive as free donuts in the break room at work. Once bitten by...
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Five questions with new Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey program coordinator Zak Danks

Five questions with new Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey program coordinator Zak Danks

BY Kevin Kelly Zak Danks was homesick and uncertain about what career path he wanted to pursue after his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. The picture soon came into focus through his involvement with his local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) chapter and after meeting a wildlife biologist employed by the Kentucky...
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Crash’s Landing Lives on Reopening under new ownership

Crash’s Landing Lives on Reopening under new ownership

By Chris Erwin In recent times, we have only had two men who have been inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame in Kentucky: Soc Clay, of South Shore, and Crash Mullins, of Olive Hill. On Sept the 19, David “Crash” Mullins passed from this life to the next. Crash was a personal friend...
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Proper handling helps fish thrive after summertime catch and release

Proper handling helps fish thrive after summertime catch and release

BY Lee McClellan Summer is arguably the most popular time to fish as muggy, hot days push people to the water for relief and relaxation. Many anglers, especially those who seek game fish such as black bass, trout or striped bass, release their catch. “Catch and release works and is a good thing,” said...
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2016 Friends of Cave Run Tournament

2016 Friends of Cave Run Tournament

By Chris Erwin The Friends of Cave Run Annual Tournament is in the books. It’s a two-day tournament with the first day being a qualifier for the second. The top 20 boats are the cut off for the second day. I made it to the event before the first day weigh-in. The parking lot...
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Boat Safely this Fourth of July

Boat Safely this Fourth of July

BY Kevin Kelly Millions of motorists soon will take to the nation’s roadways with plans of spending the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend boating on a lake or river. But one of the busiest boating weekends of the year is not a time to throw caution to the wind. “As a boating holiday,...
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Three Good Stream Floats for Smallmouth Bass

Three Good Stream Floats for Smallmouth Bass

BY Lee McClellan Fishing for many species slows in the daytime hours during the heat of summer, but smallmouth bass who inhabit Kentucky streams bite willingly even on the hottest days. Kentuckians who enjoy canoeing or kayaking are lucky to live in a state with bountiful amounts of cool, flowing water that hold smallmouth...
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June a month of transition for bass fishing

June a month of transition for bass fishing

BY Lee McClellan The gorgeous weather combined with warming, but tolerable, temperatures make June one of the best months to be outside. The wonderful weather drives hordes of largemouth bass anglers to waters across Kentucky, filled with anticipation of catching a couple of five pounders. Often, at the end of a day of fishing...
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Post Spawn Tactics

Post Spawn Tactics

By Chris Erwin It’s a pretty safe bet that in most of our eastern lakes, the bass spawns have come and gone. The big question I hear is what should I do or how should I adjust to a post spawn period? To begin with, we need to talk about something you don’t hear...
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Young Wildlife Should Be Left Alone

Young Wildlife Should Be Left Alone

BY Kevin Kelly – Recently, a photo of a wild bison calf standing in the back of an SUV at Yellowstone National Park made national news after first going viral on social media. The story illustrated an extreme scenario of compassion blurring common sense as the well-intentioned tourists took it upon themselves to “help”...
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