Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 6, 2013

Cumberland River producing sizable trout

By JOEL WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The water level at Barren River Lake continues to fall as the annual drawdown showed 544 feet Wednesday morning. Fishing is still pretty good.

Larry Spencer sent a photo from his phone of a limit of good size crappie.

He and a partner threw about as many back as they kept, all in all, it was a great day on the water. I’m told that bass fishing is good too, although the fish are running smaller. A crank bait like a Shad Rap was Garry Sexton’s choice when he tried his luck Saturday. He caught several smaller fish. He said he believes the bigger bass have headed to deeper water. Also on the fishing front, the Cumberland River is still producing and the trout are running bigger. Brother. Ed and Brother. Stokes had a good limit just under the slot size, but some of the rainbow they were catching were running in the 18-inch category.



I also got a note from Johnny Rush from Burkesville who attributes the bigger trout to the completion of work  at the Wolf Creek Dam. He said many of the trout they have been catching are running from 16-18 inches. Johnny also reported that the smallmouth are biting at Dale Hollow, and this is a good time of year to catch some big ones.



While talking to Garry Sexton about the bass picture at Barren, he filled me in on some of the activities of the Barren Bassmasters, who he serves as one of the officers. The group met Tuesday night to nominate officers who will be installed at the annual Christmas meeting. The time and place are yet to be determined.

The group will be having their annual family picnic this coming Saturday at the Barren River Rod and Gun Club. Their final tournament of the season is coming up in two weeks at Barren River Lake, Nov. 16-17.

The group’s last tournament was a two-day event at Guntersville Lake in Alabama. The club fishes for two days and each angler can count his five best fish only after two days of fishing. After two days, each team of two can have a combined total of 10 fish for the overall tournament weight. Tom Whittington said, “We were a little early for the good grass frog bite. The big fish bite was tough, the 5-8 pound fish were not showing up yet, but it was still a good tournament.”

Whittington teamed with club president John Dixon to take first place with a 10-fish total weighing 35.87 pounds. David Comer and Jon Sydnor were second. Dixon had the big fish for the Saturday round, 4.52 pounds and Whittington took Sunday honors at 4.62 pounds.

 

As reported from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, visitors have until 5 p.m., Nov. 27, to visit the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort before the facility closes for the winter. The center will reopen March 1.

The Salato Center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 ½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth, 5-18.

 

I just returned from a brief road trip to central Texas and I saw several deer on the roadside, and had one buck cross just in front of the car on a two-lane road. Deer season opened while we were there and some of the family scored bucks. I learned Texas deer tend to run smaller than those in Kentucky. A teen in the family took a 7-pointer that weighed just over 100 pounds. In Kentucky, mating activity peaks in mid-November and there is a lot of movement, making it very important to watch for them on the highway. Kentucky State Police records show deer and vehicle collisions are highest in November.   

“The issue of deer and vehicle collisions has no easy fix,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Slowing down is inconvenient, but it reduces both the number of collisions and the damage incurred when a deer can’t be avoided. Also, be alert. If you’ve seen deer in the area, you are likely to see them there again.”

Deer move around the most during the early morning and at dusk. With the return to standard time this past weekend, the peak of daily deer activity coincides with the peak of human activity as people go to and return from work.

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