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Outdoors

  • Big bull redear sunfish spawn is here

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

    It is the time of year when the big “bull” redear sunfish move shallow to spawn, sending a shiver of excitement through the ranks of many Kentucky anglers.

    When the big redear sunfish move up to spawn, it produces some of the best fishing of the year. The ability of hefty redear sunfish to use their saucer-shaped bodies to pull against a rod is legendary. If this species grew to 10 pounds, it might be nearly impossible to land one.

  • Application period for elk hunt ends Thursday night

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Elkhorn Creek in central Kentucky, the city of Elkton in Todd County and Elkhorn City in Pike County are modern day reminders of the elk that inhabited Kentucky when the pioneers arrived.

  • New section of Hatchery Creek trout stream to open next spring

    From staff reports

    The Hatchery Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration project just below Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland is nearing the half way point to completion, according to a news release. The exceptionally harsh winter and wet conditions this spring prompted some delays in the construction schedule, the release said.

  • First Turkey
  • Streams and fishing will return to normal

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Many of us who remember the March 1997 floods in Kentucky recently had uncomfortable pangs of foreboding as storm systems dropped heavy amounts of rain freight-trained across the state.

    It looked like another 1997 for a day or so. Small, normally docile neighborhood creeks suddenly filled basements, eroded roadways and carried away belongings.

  • Youth Turkey Hunt
  • Taylorsville, Guist Creek lakes among best spots for crappie

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Although the redbud trees haven’t bloomed yet, it isn’t too early to start fishing for crappie.

    Black crappie are likely along rocky banks now in lakes that have them.

  • Enjoy the musical mornings brought on by warmer temps

    By Jeff Lilly

    Outdoors columnist

    Spring is finally trying to make it back to the Bluegrass State. The calendar says it is officially here as of March 20 but I cannot help but be a little skeptical the way the last couple of months have gone for us in Kentucky

    Temperatures are warming up and God is putting some green color back in to some of our vegetation so things are looking better each day.

  • March brings elusive Muskie Madness to Kentucky waters

    By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament captivates the state of Kentucky every March and this year all eyes are on John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.

    Can the top-seeded Wildcats bring a ninth national title back to Lexington by becoming the first team since 1976 to finish the season undefeated? University of Louisville fans may hope not.

  • Taylorsville Lake headwaters offer excellent white bass fishing

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Small creeks across Kentucky that normally run placid currently rage with brown froth. Reservoirs now cover marina parking lots and lakeside campgrounds.

    Most Kentuckians are punch drunk from the blows of the latest salient of the Polar Vortex followed by cold rain.