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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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Three productive winter crappie fishing spots

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Three productive winter crappie fishing spots

BY Lee McClellan Winter is a season of nesting for many Kentuckians. Hot cocoa and a book by the fireplace is more appealing than getting outside in the wet and cold. However, for those who enjoy solitude and having lakes completely to themselves, winter is the best time to get outside and fish. Contrary...
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Fall for trout all over again

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Fall for trout all over again

BY Kevin Kelly Anglers treasure the fall months in Kentucky. The shortening periods of daylight and the cooler, drier air bring welcome relief from summer and bring on the fall colors. It’s during this time of transition that some of the best fishing of the year can be had. For trout anglers, fall offers...
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The Heat is on! The Summer Milk Run

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The Heat is on! The Summer Milk Run

By Chris Erwin As we head into the hottest part of the summer, many anglers will lay down their rods and wait for cooler temperatures. However, for those brave people, trying to keep hope alive let me just say hope does exist. At least for the bass, crappie, white bass, blue gill, once the...
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