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.

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,

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

Barren River Lake is on FIRE! 5-30-18

Hello friends!  I must say this has been the best two weeks I have had on Barren River Lake in 10 years.  The bass are on point.  It is akin to the good ol days.  I have no idea what the difference is this May but I am sure glad it is here.

 

I can’t help but wonder if the high water this spring which caused the lake to be tough had an effect on the fish.  They were more scattered and that made the pressure seem less.  Now that the water is down the fish are in their normal pattern, but they just seem eager to eat.  For me the days of catching a boat full of fish had seemed a thing of the past.  But me and a few of my readers are all seeing the same trend.  Good size and good numbers!6A801C93-7296-474C-92BE-47D8868F5B00

So what are those green guys doing?  They are on transition banks close to pockets or coves.  Where the channel begins to move away from the bluff.  This pattern should hold through this week I believe.  Once you dial it in you should catch 3 to 4 fish off each little area.  It is a small portion of the bank these fish are relating to.  You just fish it until you start dialing it in.  Soft plastics Texas rigged os the trick.  Fish your confidence color and it should work.

Mark Towe, is in the feature image up top.  He boated some chunks over the weekend.  He told me it was his best day on the lake so far.  Ross Anglin, above has also boated some chunks the last two weeks. How about that Fishers of Men cap Ross, Thanks for the support! Eric Price, below has really been on them as well.9F30E650-5779-4BAC-9AC9-9E612B2698C1

Fishers of Men has a tournament on Nolin on the 9th of June we would sure love to see you all come out!  We are on Barren on the 30th of June.  Weigh in will be at three for each event.  send me an email or call for more information.3C18C486-D461-4A9C-B905-43D878D4F2A5

Catfish have been good as well.  Good numbers are being caught on live worms in coves.  Soon they will be moving to the rock walls, crickets on pop eye jigs are the ticket for that.  Go see Todd at Barren Outdoors he can put you on the right stuff.  Don’t forget you can park at the bridges and fish that rip raff the same way, the catfish will be there too.

Some hybrid are being caught trolling in the channels.  Live shad is best.

 

Blue Gills are everywhere right now.  Get some crickets and you should fill a basket up!

 

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know, my friend Eddie Goode lost his daughter over the weekend in a car accident.  I ask that you all Pray for the family.  Eddie and his family love to fish and love Jesus, and are a blessing to all who know them.

 

In closing I want to thank my Sponsors, Barren Outdoors, GLoomis, Shimano, Jakal, Power Pro Lines, and Freddie’s Dugout.  If you all enjoy reading these reports, please give these folks some support, without them this could not happen.  I also want to send a shout out to Fishers of Men tournament trail.  If you guys want to be involved with a great organization check them out.

Good Luck and God Bless!

 

The Blue Print to Success

Hello friends,  I hope you are all well.  The Morris household is very Blessed.  We had a great tournament on KY Lake last Month.  It is finals week for me at WKU.  PJ’s is booming. Leslie Kidd Photography is growing by leaps and bounds. My son Lane is working on his music career, and plays two gigs this week.  We are also in preparation for the Fishers of Men tournament on Green River Lake on the 19th of this month.

It occurred to me this morning, that a lot of people don’t understand what it looks like to be prosperous.  We set and wonder why we can’t get ahead, and we make bad decision with the money God has blessed us with.  We over extend ourselves finically, to fill voids that will never be filled with material things.  Oh they may make us happy at the moment but it can be fleeting.  For instance I would love to have a brand new Bass Cat boat, and I could go buy one, but then I would have to make the first payment and my buyers remorse would set in.  I am not saying we shouldn’t enjoy what we have been blessed with.  I think we should, but I also think we should not enjoy it to the point that we don’t meet our commitments.IMG_0097

I know God wants us to be prosperous. Honest hard work with Faith in mind is something God wants from everyone. He has given us a blue print for it. Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Palms 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I had trouble tithing for so many years,  it was a lack of trust in God.  But lets be honest it is all his anyway. Since I have started I have been in better shape financially.  God has Blessed the money we have and increased what we bring in.  However I still was not completely trusting.  I would not give the first ten percent.  I would give 5 percent this week and 5 percent next week.  Just incase something came up.  I am now giving my first ten percent and it just feels better.  Showing God I trust him with my finances completely and in every aspect of my life can be difficult because I think I am in control.  I had a real conviction about this, and the growth that is coming from it is amazing. Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

IMG_0098Doing the work is how we get there.  We must trust the process, and not doubt that God will provide what we need to prosper.  It won’t just fall in our lap.  being prosperous looks a lot like hard work.  We must delight in it,  we must give back as well.  After all everything we have is a gift.  I love my life,  I love my work, and I love giving back. I fall short each day I miss opportunities to further Gods Kingdom.  But through hard work, prayer, reading Gods word, and listening I am getting better.

Now lets talk some fishing.IMG_0108

 

Barren River Lake the water is still high. About 8 feet over summer pool. Water temp was 70 degrees on Monday.

Joey Vincent found some Crappie up past Siddens Bridge.  It appears they had a great day up there!

Bass were very tough on Monday.  We found one on a bed and one out on a transition bank leading onto a pocket.  Nothing of any size.  The water being up and down and temperature fluctuations I believe has made them a bit difficult to pattern this spring on Barren River Lake.

Catfish, now the catfish noodles were everywhere Monday.  So it appears they are eating on flats. Which is where we ran into this guy.54740259812__9509C7C0-D98D-4ECA-AD57-86F36BCF15E3 2

I hope you all get out this weekend and enjoy some outdoors.  Happy Mothers day and God Bless.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report 4-15-18

Come on in boys the water is fine.  We had a brief break in the weather this week.  Warm sunshine was a welcome sight to south central KY.  Spring is coming on strong, and the spawn is going to come with it.  Fishing has been strange this year.  A lot of rain, and cold and snow has caused the fish to be a bit different than years past.

With changing conditions our ability to adapt is what separates the folks who catch and those who do not.  Water rises, water drops.  Cold fronts come through and lead to high sky’s.  Fish still eat.  We just have to find a way to get them to.  The thing to remeber is 90 percent of the fish will be in ten percent of the water.  The key os to find the water they are in right?

In short the answer is yes.  But when we are in a tournament situation finding fish is one thing, finding the right fish is another.  I have found fish and knew they were not the right ones.  After all a bunch of 14 inch fish won’t get you a check right?  Well in KY anyway…  I love catching a lot of fish,  numbers equal a good day.  But on tournament day I really want a solid limit of the right fish, and if I can find a kicker I feel very confident that I will get a check.

So this brings is to seasonal patterns.  Seasonal patterns are a must for any fisherman to understand.  No matter what you are after you have to have a general idea where the fish should be.  When they move up creeks or back out.  If they are staging on points leading into spawning areas. Or have they moved into pockets.  Or are we following them back out?  These things are all to be taken into consideration before one hits the water.  Once we are there the work of figuring out the puzzle begins.  Some weeks I think I am a fish catching machine that can’t go wrong, others I feel like I could not catch a fish with dynamite.  I think all tournament anglers go through these ups and downs.  It can really effect your game because you start scrambling and fishing to fast, or confidence drops and you are now in a slump.

Once we locate some fish we have to figure out what they are doing.  What are the eating?  If they are shallow what is the color of them have they just came up?  Are they short males.  If so are the females still holding back deeper.  I love to throw plastics, and jigs.  These can be hard baits to practice with of time is short.  If I think the fish are in the area I will comb it with a crank bait to cover water.  Then if I find what I think is a promising spot I may then slow down and drag a bit.

The spot on the spot.  I have honed into this a handful of times.  The last time was in a tournament last year.  I had found the fish a week earlier.  Just graphed them.  we launched about midway in the pack.  It was a short run.  We eased into the spot watching the graph the fish were still there.  Within 30 min we had a solid limit.  We kept on the fish until about 10 am.  Then I started thinking well these fish may need a break.  We went and fished a few other places and never could cull.  We came back and there was someone on the spot.  We did end up hitting it again and graphing fish but no takes.  I knew then I should stay with them,  but I over thought it and we ended up with a check.. I think had we stayed and switched up a bit instead of moving we would have made more money that day.  We had it down to where the boat had to be and the angle we pulled through the fish.  There were a ton of fish there it was just a matter of getting the school to fire back up.

So what is going on on Barren? IMG_8446

Jerk baits for bass in pockets have been good some folks are also getting bit on Lizards.IMG_0660

Hybrids are being caught on red eye shad.IMG_8475

Don & Donnie Neakarse from Frankfort IL.   Some readers who came in last week to fish.  Love hearing from you all!

 

God Bless You All.