Floods Never Last

I hope everyone is having a good week, and I hope everyone’s thumb is as scuffed as mine! I had the opportunity to get on the water a few times over the holiday weekend. While I would go early, or late to avoid the crowd the fish were very active. With the waters back to near summer pool, the fish are back to their normal haunts.

We experienced very high waters this spring at Barren River Lake. Closed ramps, and tuff fishing caused many folks to go fish else where. Life is often like this. God uses and has used floods to impart change in His children. Lets face it folks change is the hardest thing a human can do, often times we have to be pushed to the breaking point before we change. Rock bottom if you will.

When floods come in our lives, and we move toward change it can be difficult. That is where God shows up. If we have him in our heart with the understanding that he makes all things work together for our good, then we still have joy in our time of flood. We still have peace, and confidence that everything will be ok.

Genesis 8:1 says,

“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.”

While seasons of change when we are in them, can be so in our faces that we can not see the forrest for the trees. I rest in the promises of God that there is a season for every thing this is just a page in the story of my life.“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

As you walk through your trials, and are forced out of velvet lined rut remember God puts us where he needs us one way or another. While it is hard it won’t always be.

Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

We had a great spring and fished new waters the sure was fun. Had the high waters not came we would have chugged along doing what we always do. My friends, family and I all stretched out of our comfort zones to put fish in the boat. We caught some real chunks and are excited to build on what we learned all because of a flood.

Bass: have been on fire! Its post spawn and these guys are hungry. Fry guarding is over and the fish are moving to their deep water hide outs. I am sure some are there but those late spawners are still on transition bluffs leaving areas where they would have spawned.

Me and the guys caught em!

Catfish: Are spawning . It is cricket time on Barren River Lake. Go to a bluff, take the kids some ultra light tackle, floaters, and a bucket of crickets. You will want to use pop eye jigs or small blue gill hooks. You will fill the boat with blue gills and catfish. We caught all of the above this weekend, on bass gear. They are aggressive so go get em!

Good Luck and God Bless.

Memorial Day Weekend

What a beautiful week we have had so far, with more to come this weekend. By the photos online, and all the traffic I expect it to be a busy, and fun weekend on the water for a lot of you. With all the traffic I would think early in the morning or into the night. The night bite has been good.

I would look near brush or out on points for bass. Some late fish may still be guarding fry. Also a dt 10 rapala on bluffs coming out of long coves or spawning areas should produce some fish. I love a shad color. Put your boat right against the bluff and parallel the wall. When it deflects off of cover be ready, and fish it to the boat. My PB came from this and she hit when the bait changed direction under the boat.

Catfish I think should be on bluffs or near bridges. If they are in fact there this is a fun way to fill the freezer. Popeye jigs tipped with crickets, under a float on ultra light tackle. Toss it in and wait. Be ready for a fight! Run your floater about three to four feet deep, 6 pound mono or braid line. Have pliers handy and a towel.

I am also excited to say I have partnered with WOO! tungsten It is an exciting undertaking and I look forward to a long partnership. Go check them out https://wootungsten.com/ Thank you for your support, good luck and God Bless.

Summer is Almost Here.

Folks it has been way too long since I have shared anything. Life is going amazing around the Morris house. We have been traveling and working a lot. Trying to teach Lane to drive, which is sure fun lol. He has learned a lot so be on the lookout he will soon be on the road solo.

Leslie and I have been working alot preparing for our 2020 graduating class to sign up for photos. We have started our model team for this year and are excited to work with another amazing group of young people. If they are half as good as last years team it will be a blast.

I have also been on the move for PJ’S I have been visiting a lot of other schools from NJ to LA. I have been at a lot of high school visits which is one of my favorite things to do.

Fishing has been very tough this spring on Barren River Lake. The high water just kind of messed everyone up. By the time we could get a boat in the water the fish had scattered in the shallows and no one could find any. Thankfully I am an hour away from Dale Hollow and Cumberland. So I have been fishing there.

We got on some very good chatter bait bites early and followed those fish in. Now of course they have moved back out. I will share with you what I know about the bite at Dale Hollow. The fish are out on points and a shaky head is the hot deal right now. Later afternoon into night, or early morning.

Barren River Lake last weekend fish were caught in 3 to 8 feet of water on a chatter bait, and on drop shot senkos. Down close to the old road bed by the dam. Fish were plentiful but not real big. I am hoping to spend sometime on the water this weekend and can send some more info then.

Good Luck and God Bless,

Fall is Almost Here

Hello friends, sorry it has been a while since my last post. I hope each of you have had a Blessed summer. Work has been going very well. We are very Blessed to be so busy. Lane, my son has entered the work force as a sandwich artist at Subway. The photography business is doing great. I must confess, all this hustling has sure cut into fishing in the last few weeks.

I took a morning and struck out before work last week. I met my good friend Ross Anglen at the boat ramp before daylight and we hit the water. The morning was perfect, overcast and humid. It felt like the fish should bite. We traveled way up Beaver Creek and began chunking buzz baits into the water. soon my chartreuse buzz bait disappeared into a sudden void on the surface of the water. The razor sharp hook instantly penetrated the top lip of this angry little bass. Man this little guy jumped and shook but to no avail he soon swung onto the back deck of Ross’ new boat. This fish was 14 inches of fury, he was as still shaking and swinging as i struggled to get my hand in his mouth he finned me and I ended up with the buzz bait in my thumb too, although not deep, thank goodness.That was the only hit we had up there, so we moved back out of the creek to some better looking water.

Then we found fish. It was great! I put on a texas rigged worm. Ross threw a jig. We both began picking up fish. None were huge but they were fun. I did foul hook a pretty good channel cat. The bite was strange like a blue gill, he hit I lifted did’t feel any weight, he bumped it again, again no weight. The third time he bumped I felt and there was weight. I set the hook and said he has some shoulders, Ross this is a good one… Then it rolled, I said well its not a bass. We had a good laugh at my expense and I got to hear “shoulders” from Ross the rest of the day.

We did catch some nice bass, we had a great morning. I think we both needed the time in Gods creation. No phones, no work, no pressure, just two friends in nature.
Psalms 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
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My spirit needed the time, I needed the time. We are called to be selfless, putting all others before us. I believe that is true. I also believe the body, mind, and spirit needs time to focus on what truly is important. A God centered life, when life becomes the center a slow down is just what we need. Go somewhere you feel how massive and perfect Gods love is. For me that is on the water, or in the woods. Get out of your day to day and go find yours.
Isaiah 45:12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.”

Bass : were on wood about 8 feet deep soft plastic or a jig. We caught them early and in good numbers.

Bluegill: were close to the bass about 8 feet near rock or wood Crickets would be my choice.

Catfish: the one I caught was just off the channel on mud.

The Dog Days are Here.

Hello friends.  Sorry it has been a while since I have written.  Things have sure changed on Barren River Lake since my last article.  We have went from an abundant amount of fish being caught to, just a few.  Oh we are picking up a few here and there but it has been a struggle.  To the point at times I ask myself why, then I get a bite and I remember.  0034

On Thursday the water temperature was a balmy 91 degrees.  I set out after work to try and put a few in the boat.  I ran to a spot I felt confident would be holding a fish. It was holding some I took a few bites, and broke one off but that was it.  I then decided to go look for a school.  I knew a spot that should hold some and I graphed a small school.  They were holding about 15 feet deep.  I also noticed a thermocline beginning to develop about 17 feet deep. I threw deep crank baits, shaky heads, jigs, and I finally ended up with a Carolina rig.  I got bit but no one really ate.  I honestly feel like the fish were hitting the sinker.

I have talked to a bunch of fishermen and they all seem to be having the same situation.  They find some deep fish but just can’t get them to fire up.  However I have heard, but not seen, some guys are picking up a few fish in 6 to 8 feet of water on main lake points.  They are throwing 3xd Strike King crank baits to get on these fish.0067

 

Blue gill can be found on bluffs with crickets.

crappie at night under lights

 

hybrid between the islands trolling with live shad

 

catfish on flats and points live cut bait is great.

I hope this report finds you all well and your live wells full!

God Bless,

Josh

Fishing Still Great on Barren River Lake

My friends as the TH Marine, FLW, BFL comes to Barren River Lake this weekend the bags should be a sight to see.  As some of the best fishermen of the Mountain Division descend on Barren River Lake I expect to see some good bags weighed in.  For what has seemed the last few years a lake on the decline the last month has shown Barren River Lake is still a fisherman’s paradise.

 

Bass are being caught on long points dragging a Carolina rig.  Or on a chunk rock transition bank dragging a Texas rigged worm.  Lets not forget the power of a jig on this lake.  Look on bluffs,  with a green jig for some fish as well.  Above is Taylor Logsdon of Barren Outdoors,  She and dad Todd got on the water this week and really got some chunks in the boat!IMG_0248

Hybrids are good right now too.  Trolling around the island with shad or shiners works well.  Use your electronics to find the shad.

Catfish should be moving in on the rock walls to spawn very soon and the action should be fast!  Use a pop eye jig an ultra light rod and reel with 6 pound test it is a blast! Under a float on the rip raff near bridges.

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Fishers of Men was on Nolin Lake this week.  It took just over 9 pounds to win!  The fishing was tough.  A lot of fish were caught but it was difficult to find and big fish.  Big fish was 2.7 pounds.

Thank you for reading.  I would love to see any photos you all have!  Good luck and God Bless!0007