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Stream smallmouth love May

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Stream smallmouth love May

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – I have an old friend who was reluctant to go wading in streams for smallmouth bass for many years. “The fish are too small,” he said. One May a few years ago, I convinced him to wade a small creek in central Kentucky the weekend after the Kentucky...
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Blue Water Trails Kentucky River, Pool 6

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Blue Water Trails     Kentucky River, Pool 6

BY Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY. – James Harrod and a company of men launched their canoes in May of 1774 from old Redstone Fort on the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, bound for the spring-rich meadow land of central Kentucky. He scouted the area the previous year while on a surveying expedition with Capt. Thomas...
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White bass runs coming in the next few weeks

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White bass runs coming in the next few weeks

By Lee McClellan Editors note: This is the fifth installment of a series titled “Spring Fishing Frenzy” profiling productive spring fishing opportunities at waters across Kentucky. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Some old-time anglers in Kentucky say the white bass run when the redbud trees bloom in spring. Others say they run when the dogwoods bloom....
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Enjoy seasonal catch and release trout streams this winter

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Enjoy seasonal catch and release trout streams this winter

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – The buzz of the holidays is gone for another year. The college football season is over until next fall. Most hunting is gone until then, too. The sky is often low, leaden and depressing in January and February. The stretch from New Year’s to the first warm shirt-sleeve...
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Blue Water Trails North Fork Cumberland River

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Blue Water Trails  North Fork Cumberland River

BY Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – Cumberland Falls’ 68-foot drop is world famous as the “Niagara of the South.” Moonbeams reflecting off the mists from the falls create moonbows. The boulder-strewn riverbed left from the upstream migration of Cumberland Falls through the millennia makes some of the most challenging whitewater rapids in the South....
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Blue Water Trails Levisa Fork

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Blue Water Trails  Levisa Fork

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – The people of the city of Pikeville and Pike County can move rivers and cut through mountains if it improves the quality of their lives. The Levisa Fork of Big Sandy River once cut a horseshoe-shaped loop around the toe of Peach Orchard Mountain. The city of Pikeville...
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Blue Water Trails – Kentucky River, Pool 4

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Blue Water Trails –  Kentucky River, Pool 4

By Lee.McClellan (This article is the fourteenth in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). FRANKFORT, Ky. – In 1780, several pioneers from Bryan Station camped on a gravel bar in a double bend in the Kentucky River, about a mile upstream from...
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Small Water Fishing – Lower Six Mile Creek

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Small Water Fishing – Lower Six Mile Creek

Sept.22,2011 By Art Lander, Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – The lower sections of many tributaries to the Kentucky River offer surprisingly good fishing, especially in fall. A good one to try before the weather chills is Six Mile Creek, a 14-mile tributary to the Kentucky River that is an easy drive from the Louisville or...
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Cumberland River still great trout fishery

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Cumberland River still great trout fishery

July 14, 2011 Author Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – Monsoon rains this past spring pushed Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Nolin River Lake, Rough River Lake, Cave Run Lake and Taylorsville Lake to water levels never before witnessed. Water flowed over the emergency flood spillway at Rough River Lake for the first time. Lake Cumberland...
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Wade Fishing the Streams of Eastern Kentucky

Wade Fishing the Streams of Eastern Kentucky

Author Chris Erwin Some treasures of Kentucky are hidden in the slow moving peaceful streams that run through the state like veins in a living breathing thing. It’s a different way to soak in nature that many fishermen over look in these days of fast boats with a run and gun attitude jumping from...
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