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Swimbaits fool trophy fish

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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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Three things to consider for spring fishing

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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

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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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White bass spawning runs just around the corner

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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