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Encourage your young angler’s growing interest this summer

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Encourage your young angler’s growing interest this summer

BY Kevin Kelly If free fishing weekend was a homerun with your kiddos, you might be wondering about how to keep the momentum going throughout the summer. Take a cue from them: keep it fun. Does this mean they need to catch a fish or get a bite every cast? Not necessarily. Fun can...
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Bluegill Offer Great Late Spring Fishing

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Bluegill Offer Great Late Spring Fishing

BY Lee McClellan It is Kentucky Derby week, a fantastic time of year. Summer is around the corner and families start to go on summer vacations shortly. Taking your kids to catch some hand-sized bluegill is another great aspect of this time of year in our state. “A lot of your bigger male bluegill...
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First Time on the Water in 2017 /GCHS Touchdown Club Tournament

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First Time on the Water in 2017 /GCHS Touchdown Club Tournament

By Chris Erwin Last fall my boat sputtered and died right before I was to start my yearly fishing trip. If you follow this column, you know we toughed it out and still caught some really good fish using only the trolling motor. A couple of weeks ago Phil Roberson one of the owners...
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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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