Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

August 9, 2012

Trolling

Trolling may help fishermen at Barren

GLASGOW — If you want to catch fish at Barren during the day and you’re not especially particular about the species, you might want to consider trolling.

Some of my “oldtimer” buddies have been having a ball over the past week or so trolling deep runners that mimic shad and catching a variety of fish including largemouth, hybrids, crappie and catfish, both blues and channel.

Yours truly got in on the action last Thursday and came home with a smorgasbord including some nice eating size cats, a few crappie, all the hybrids I wanted to clean and even a couple of largemouth.

Getting on the water just after daybreak, Ed Darst and I started out trying to find some decent crappie. We fished some beds and some bridge peers but could only catch undersize fish. We only had a couple of keepers when Ed called fellow oldtimer Larry Spencer who was fishing nearby with Keith Skiles. They were trolling and catching a variety of fish. We elected to join them and within a couple of hours had a cooler filled with fish.

We had decided to take out by around 9:30 a.m. but stayed a bit longer because the action was so good. We had several cats in the four to five pound range, some eating size hybrids of 1-2 lbs and even some crappie along with those keeper bass.

Larry led the pack with two largemouth in the four to five pound category along with a bit of everything else. Larry is the man!

Since that time, the guys have continued to use the same methods with similar success. I hoped to get back there myself today.

Meanwhile night fishing for bass and hybrids is still paying off and I’m told they’re still having success under the lights for crappie.

Had hoped to get on the Cumberland River this week but the rains we’ve experienced has the river high and muddy according to Loy Milam.

 

Hunter education will be offered September 29 at the Barren River Rod and Gun Club beginning at 8 a.m. This will be the range training. If you participate, you’ll have to have completed the classroom segment which you can find online at the KDFWR website. You must present the notarized certificate of completion before taking the range course. Your orange card will then be issued.

 

Was speaking recently with the son of one of my favorite cousins and he was asking if I knew of any dove hunts being set up in the area. He wants to introduce his son to the sport.

It so happens that registration for Kentucky’s mentor-youth dove hunts begin Monday, Aug.13.

    KDFWR conducts special hunts for adults wishing to teach dove hunting to youth. These hunts are held on the first Saturday of dove season each September.

Hunters interested in reserving a space for these hunts must register by calling the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at (800) 858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Hunting reservations will not be accepted prior to Aug. 13.

    Limited spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is open through Aug. 27, or whenever all the slots are filled. Most mentor-youth hunts will be held this year on Sept. 1; opening day of dove season statewide. Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge will conduct four mentor/youth hunts on Sept. 1, 2, 8 and 9.

    The mentor-youth dove hunts offer adults a path to introduce youth aged 15 years and under into the enjoyment of an early season dove hunt. Each adult may take one or two youths. Hunter education and licensing requirements apply to those participating in these hunts.

    Hunting hours run from 2 to 7 p.m. (local time) on Sept. 1. Hunters must be out of the field by 7:30 p.m. Hunting groups must check in prior to hunting and check out prior to leaving the field with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff members.

    Mentor-youth fields located on private land are open to general hunting on Labor Day, Sept. 3. These fields then close to all hunting Sept. 4-7; they reopen to general hunting Sept. 8 through Oct. 24.

    Mentor-youth fields located on wildlife management areas (WMA) are open to general hunting Sept. 2 through Oct. 24.

    For more information on the mentor-youth dove hunts, consult the 2012 Kentucky Hunting Guide for Dove, Wood Duck, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow. This guide is available on the Internet at fw.ky.gov and also soon available in booklet form wherever hunting licenses are sold.

    This year’s mentor-youth dove fields include:

    Union County, Higginson-Henry WMA:

    Directions: Hwy. 56, about 7 miles southeast of Morganfield.

    Grant County, Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA:

    Directions: Take Crittenden exit off I-75 and follow U.S. 25 south to KY 491, turn left across railroad tracks, then right on Wildlife Road.

    Green County, private field:

    Directions: Take U.S. 68/70 south from Greensburg for 5.9 miles. Turn right on KY 218 for nearly 2 miles, then left onto Roy Bagby Road. The field is located at the end of the road, on the right

    Washington County, private field:

    Directions: From U.S. 150 at Fredericktown, take Short Creek Road to Burg Hill Road.

    McCracken County, Clark’s River National Wildlife Refuge:

    Mentor/Youth Hunts on Sept. 1, 2, 8, and 9, opens to public hunting on Sept. 10. Directions: From Symsonia, take KY 131 north for a little over 2 miles to fields on left marked by signs. U.S.F.W.S. approved non-toxic shot required for all dove hunting on this area.

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