Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

July 19, 2012

Hot fishing

Weather conditions have impact on area fishing

GLASGOW — Conditions at Barren River Lake haven’t changed since last week’s report. Fishing is best early and late with best chances for bass after dark.

I haven’t seen anyone fishing under lights for crappie, probably because of the high nighttime temps, but a few crappie can still be had during the early morning hours.

I spent a really enjoyable morning Tuesday fishing for crappie with “Oldtimer” partner Wilbur Carroll.  We had just enough action to keep us interested until we met up midmorning with the rest of the crew for a hotdog cookout at Port Oliver rec area. Such a beautiful and relaxing spot should get regular use.

Everyone had caught a few fish during the morning but honors for the biggest went to Larry Spencer and his fishing partner Keith Skiles who had been bass fishing as well as trolling for hybrids. Freddie Carver caught the most with around 20 crappie.

It was actually a pretty quiet morning on the lake.

 

One last reminder of the big bass tournament coming up this weekend out of Port Oliver.

The 2012 Big Bass Classic to benefit the American Heart Association will be Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. The 31st annual charity event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and end at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Entry fee is $50. Based on participation of 175, there will be a $6,000 payout. Hourly big fish prizes are $350 down to $125 for third place. There will also be a $400 prize for the big fish of the tournament. You can get more information by calling Michael King at 270-791-2281.

 

A clarification from last week. It was Taylor Logsdon who caught the 10 pound hybrid while fishing with her dad Todd and brother Tyler.

 

Although we haven’t heard of anything in our immediate vicinity, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife reports that record heat and extreme drought are causing isolated fish kills in a handful of Kentucky streams.

Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, noted that some areas of the state are short of rainfall by 12 inches or more this year.

“Streams are very low right now,” he said. “Record heat combined with low water results in little to no dissolved oxygen in the water, making streams susceptible to isolated fish kills.”

Western Kentucky is bearing the brunt of the heat and drought. A significant fish kill recently occurred on the Pond River north of Madisonville after a brief rain shower pushed a slug of heated water containing little or no dissolved oxygen downstream. The fish kill mainly affected catfish, but carp and buffalo fish were also victims. Biologists with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recorded water temperatures of 95 degrees in the river.

Other isolated fish kills have recently been reported where Clear Fork Creek meets the Gasper River in Warren County; at Russell Creek in Adair County; at Beargrass Creek in Jefferson County; and a tributary to Stoner Creek in Bourbon County. Low water flows can cause streams to stagnate. As a result, fish may die in intermittent pools due to a lack of oxygen.

Fish kills should be reported to the fisheries district biologist serving the affected area. The public can find the phone numbers of district fisheries biologists on page 31 of the current Kentucky Fish and Boating Guide, on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife homepage at fw.ky.gov, or by calling the department toll free at 1-800-858-1549.

 

Also this week from KDFWR, wildlife watchers can help researchers track and monitor the health of Kentucky’s deer herd.

“For years, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Group has tracked outbreaks of EHD – or epizootic hemorrhagic disease – in deer,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The public can assist researchers by reporting sick animals and pinpointing locations.”

Dr. Aaron Hecht, wildlife veterinarian for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, noted that EHD has been observed annually in white-tailed deer across the southeastern United States since 1966. The disease can be fatal to deer.

“The EHD virus is transmitted by flies known as biting midges, and as a consequence, disease coincides to the presence of the competent vector,” Hecht said. “These viruses do not infect humans, and humans are not at risk by handling infected deer, eating venison from infected deer, or being bitten by infected by midges.”

Infected deer lose their appetites, drool excessively and lose their fear of humans. They may concentrate around farm ponds and water in an effort to reduce their body temperatures. During drought years, healthy and sick deer tend to congregate around the same watering areas, which can accelerate the transmission of the disease.

People who see sickly deer around watering areas should report the animals to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife by calling 1-800-858-1549. Callers should be able to pinpoint the location of a sick animal. Observers may also e-mail reports to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at: info.center@ky.gov.

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