All the fuss in the legislature this week about the internet hunting issue reminds me of an old fishing tale.

It seems that the veteran fisherman who always comes home with fish, invites his neighbor to go along on his next trip.

Once on the water, the oldtimer lights up a stick of dynamite and tosses it overboard.

The neighbor is horrified and proceeds to berate the old feller for his illegal methods.

To this, the old guy lights up another stick, hands it to the neighbor and says, “You gonna talk or fish?”

To me, hunting prey from miles or even hundreds of miles away by computer is kind of like fishing with dynamite. Just because some knothead comes up with a way to do it, doesn’t make it right. What a cause for the animal rights people to latch onto at the expense of legal hunters.

Just another get rich scheme gone way awry.

If you wonder what happens to the funds collected at the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet each year, you’ll be pleased to know some of them are coming home.

Ben Burnley, DU regional director in Kentucky, informs us this week of a dedication ceremony coming up Friday, March 3, of the Calvert Springs Wetland project in neighboring Allen County.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will signal the completion of habitat restoration of 45 aces of spring-fed emergent marsh along Barren River Reservoir.

This is a joint project of DU, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is part of the Barren River Wildlife Management Area.

To get to the area, take Highway 100 to KY. 671 and follow the signs to the Barren River WMA.

If you have questions, you can call Burnley at (270) 826-9507 or e-mail him at

Kentucy Afield” host Tim Farmer this weekend will have a special show on the bald eagle and its importance to both the country and Kentucky. Viewers will learn about the comeback of eagles in Kentucky, ride along with an eagle-watching boat tour, and visit with Marshall County resident Charles Culver, who has a pair of eagles nesting in his backyard. The show will also visit Fort Campbell, home of the Screaming Eagles.

Due to special programming on Kentucky Education Television (KET) for the next several weeks, this weekend’s “Kentucky Afield” television show will be the last until March 25.

The Corps of Engineers, Nashville District will be conducting construction activities at Wolf Creek Dam thru March 15 to repair valves and a water supply line to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.

The contractor RCI, Inc. of Lexington will be performing the repairs. The work will be conducted in the tailwater below the dam, in the pool above the dam and at the fish hatchery. Three valves on the face of the dam at different draw-off levels will be replaced along with their motorized actuators. Two larger valves inside the dam will also be replaced with three valves to control water to the Fish Hatchery.

In order to accomplish this work, temporary pumping must be installed to supply the fish in the hatchery with enough water with appropriate dissolved oxygen and temperature levels. Traffic on the road crossing the dam will see a closure to one lane near divers work station due to a mobile crane assisting the divers in placing valves, associated pipe and electrical equipment.

For information contact Bill Peoples, Chief of Public Affairs, at the Nashville District Corps of Engineers office at (615) 736-7161.

Not much has changed in the way of fishing conditions at Barren over the past week. Jimmy Bewley, who can’t decide if his passion is fishing or golf, caught a nice batch of crappie in a few minutes the other day but put them back because he didn’t take a stringer along.

Here’s Ranger Bob’s report for the week:

Largemouth Bass — Good, using small crank baits (shad rap, bandit, bomber model a) , hair jigs and 3 inch grubs along shallow rocky banks adjacent to channels and along bluff walls. Quality fish can be caught slowly fishing a jig and chunk around laydowns along bluff walls Jerk baits along bluff walls are producing if fished very slowly.

Crappie — Good catches of crappie 4 to 8 feet deep along channel banks around stumps and brush. Laydowns along bluff walls in the main lake are also producing. Tubes, tiny shad, Popeye jigs and small grubs are producing best.

Hybrid — Fair along bluff walls using live bait and medium running crank baits. Hybrid are beginning to show up the river and the creeks. Quite possibly the “spawning run” is beginning with the warmer water temperatures recently.

Catfish — Good on night crawlers, liver, shad guts and stink bait 6 to 10 feet deep on mud flats near the channel drops.

At the spillway:

Hybrid — Good and are being caught on crawfish and night crawlers. Artificial baits including rooster tails, sassy shad and buck tail jigs are producing some quality fish. Popping a small grub under a float is producing some hybrid.

Catfish are good on night crawlers, liver, shad guts, crawfish, dough balls and stink baits.

Crappie are good on small minnows, tubes, Popeye jigs and tiny shad.

The Lake level is 529.58 (summer pool is 552.00 and winter pool is 525.00) and has fallen 9 inches in the last 24 hours. The gates at the tower are open 8/10 on the main gate and the water temperature is 43 degrees on the surface. For more information call (270) 622-6160 or e-mail

The Sunday morning tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with sign-ups at Ranger Bob’s. It is $15 single and $25 double (includes $5 big fish pot). Payback is 100 percent. There is a three fish limit with one slot.


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