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Three Good Float Trips for Great Fall Colors

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Three Good Float Trips for Great Fall Colors

BY Lee McClellan The near drought conditions of the fall season seem to have lengthened the peak of the changing of the leaves. We still have a couple of good weekends left of the beautiful fall colors. Paddling a stream during the peak of fall colors is the best way to enjoy this annual...
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Three Good Stream Floats for Smallmouth Bass

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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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Spring fishing on rivers

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Spring fishing on rivers

BY Kevin Kelly An extended stretch of stable weather and seasonably warm temperatures in late April created optimal spring fishing conditions for anglers across Kentucky. The calm broke at the end of the month when rounds of storms over a period of days preceded a cold front. In their wake, rivers and streams that...
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Late winter is quality time for stream smallmouth

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Late winter is quality time for stream smallmouth

BY Kevin Kelly A stretch of mild weather that loosens winter’s grip is an alarm bell for stream smallmouth anglers fed up with being stuck indoors. For them, wade fishing a cold stream for bronzebacks is a surefire way to melt away the winter doldrums. This is a laborious style of fishing. Hours spent...
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Blue Water Trails – Little South Fork of Cumberland River

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Blue Water Trails –  Little South Fork of Cumberland River

(This article is the thirty-second in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). BY Lee McClellan Slices of Kentucky still retain the patina of times long ago. Powerful economic and cultural forces of the 20th Century reshaped the landscape of Kentucky, but there...
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Blue Water Trails – Slate Creek

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Blue Water Trails –  Slate Creek

BY Lee McClellan (This article is the thirty-first in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). FRANKFORT, Ky. – Bath County was once a center of iron production in Kentucky and produced a great percentage of the iron smelted west of the Blue...
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Although it seems unlikely now, white bass runs around the corner

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Although it seems unlikely now, white bass runs around the corner

BY Lee McClellan (Editors: This is the second installment of the “Spring Fishing Fever” series of fishing articles. Produced by the Kentucky Afield Outdoors staff, the series details productive fishing opportunities across Kentucky. It will continue weekly until early summer). FRANKFORT, Ky. – Small creeks across Kentucky that normally run placid currently rage with...
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Few lures beat a tailspinner in cold water

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Few lures beat a tailspinner in cold water

BY Lee McClellan This is the sixth and final installment of a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Some lures on the market have stood the test of time, catching fish decade after decade. The Dardevle spoon, the...
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South Fork of Licking River

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South Fork of Licking River

BY Lee McClellan (This article is the thirtieth in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). FRANKFORT, Ky. – The pioneers settling along the verdant South Fork of Licking River in what is now Harrison County had a tenuous hold on their lands...
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Muskellunge fishing heats up in fall

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Muskellunge fishing heats up in fall

This is the first installment of a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall. BYKevin Kelly The angler’s whoop traveled fast and loud over the water from the back of Buck Creek on Cave Run Lake. Bringing a trophy muskellunge to the...
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