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

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.

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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.

Barren River Lake is heating up!

Good evening fine folks I have so much to share.  I just went to Florida and did some fishing.  I have the first FOM tournament coming up March 17th on Barren.  I look forward to seeing seeing some of you all there.  The meeting will be at Crossland Community church, across from Colton’s in Glasgow KY.  The time will be 6 p.m.

In this little snip-it I am just going to include some fishing information for Barren.  As most of you all know the water is way up. It is also a real nice brown color.  The good thing is the bass are up relating to wood cover and what better time to throw a spinnerbait.!  Man I love a spinnerbait.  Each time i pull one over a limb I can’t help but think a monster is going to eat it.  Above is a picture of Eric Price who caught that fish in four feet of water on a Banjo Blade spinnerbait.

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Well lets talk about the crappie.  They are eating folks.  Today crappie were found in around 18 feet of water.  Spider rigs, Bobby Garland jigs are good choices.  Also around wood and a live minnow is hard to beat.  The guys from Barren Outdoors  caught some good ones today. F4C4DDE9-1625-4F41-AB8F-7F7EC36A8A8B

Carry Eaton with a Barren River Lake Crappie.

I hope you all get out and catch some fish.  The fish think spring is here and I hope they are right.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Good Luck and God Bless.

The Carp and the Duck

Well it is cold and rainy.  It was a perfect day to stay in.  We got up, ate breakfast, went to church, picked up Lane and laid around.  I have not been fishing.  I don’t have a report for you all so I think I will just tell a fishing tale.

I was blessed to have so many outdoorsmen and women in my life.  I spent much of my youth in the woods or near water.  I think a lot of folks in this area have been blessed in the same way.  I want to talk a little about Conley Bottom.  For those of you familiar with Lake Cumberland most of you will know where Conley Bottom is.  It is situated in Wayne County KY, my uncle Ralph Thornton and I spent days and days there.  We would fish for blue gill near a big willow tree off to the left of the dock, between the dock and the campground.  We caught tons of fish around that tree and we sure ate a bunch of them.

A typical trip would begin early. Monk, as we lovingly called uncle Ralph Thornton,  would show up, we would load up and drive to Louie’s bait shop.  We would pick up a snack, a canned Gatorade apiece some worms and head out.  Monk drove a 1978 red Chevrolet Chevette which was garage kept and still in great shape when I left for WKU.  He would load his old fiberglass rods paired with old green Johnson reels.  The reels were religiously spooled with Stren Mono clear blue florescent.  We would tie a number 2 gold crappie hook on, a split shot, and a bobber.  We would be set up to fill a stringer.

I remember him always cautioning me to watch for snakes, while I never wanted to get bit I would have liked to see one.  I would play in the rocks and in the edge of the water.  Looking for any type of critters I could find.  A water dog or a crawfish was always an exciting find.  I fished a lot too.  Monk never was the be still, be quiet kind of a fisherman.  He understood I was a kid and loved the wonderment a child can bring to an outdoor adventure.  He let me reel every fish he caught in.  He would let me hold the fish and examine the fish.  He also had me help in the cleaning process.  I would stand in a chair and scale while he did the knife work.  We would do dissections and have lessons on what parts did what.

I hung into a huge carp one day.  It ran and pulled up and down the bank. I walked, Monk coached.  My brother had caught a big carp once and I wanted to beat him.  After a long battle it broke the line.  I was very upset, Monk tried to calm me down by saying we could not eat it any way.  I did not care about eating that thing I wanted to brag about it.  This carp taught me not to force a fish, it was the first big fish I had a hold of.  The next lesson the carp taught me was not about fishing, it was about Mothers.  It just so happened there was a mother duck and a bunch of babies on the bank up from where I lost the fish.  I wanted to sneak up on them and catch a baby duck.  Monk said thats not a good idea but go for it.  (thinking it would swim off)  I sneaked up and as I got closer I made my move.  All the ducks made a move for the water one little duck tripped and i scooped it up.  It of course went crazy peeping.  Here comes momma duck and she was out for blood.  I threw the little duck in the water and ran.  She gave a little chase but once she learned the baby was fine she went back in the water with the babies.  Monk laughed, I cried.  Mommas will sure protect their babies.  I remember talking to Monk about not wanting to hurt the little duck I just wanted to pet it.  He told me no matter your intention that Mother duck did not know, she just did what came natural.  Her response to the her baby being in possible danger.

Life is much like that duck situation.  Sometimes we set out with good intention and end up hurting someone.  It is times like that we need to lean on grace, and prayer.  Like that duck, people can be reactive and protective if they feel threatened.  I think it is inevitable as a human to sometimes fall short.  I have found if we own up to our short comings with honesty and humility it helps people find the grace they need.  Another thing is when we feel threatened or wronged, we should be willing to offer grace and love to those who have wronged us.  When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment?  He said Love the Lord God with all your heart.  And love your neighbor as you love yourself.  The reply to Jesus was something like but who is my neighbor?  Jesus said the real question is, are you a good neighbor?  Mathew 22:34-36

This is just the tip of the iceberg on the things I learned about life in the outdoors.  I will share more of them with you all as time goes by.  I hope this reminds you of someone in your life.  Ralph Thornton was the most Christ-Like man I ever knew.  He loved people, he worked hard and prayed harder.  His faith was as big as this great country.  He was solid and honest.  Just plain and simple the best man I ever knew.

Thanks for taking the time to let me share bits of my life with you all.  Good Luck and God Bless.  image

God Will Provide

I sit down just to write a few lines tonight.  Lines about how great our God is.  Many of you know about the journey I have been on to get to this point in my life, and how God has used it.  As tournament time approaches quickly, the pressure to make sure every angler, and every person involved with Fishers of Men West KY needs are met.  I began to do something God does not want us to do.  Worry.

I worried about how to feed people.  How to reach people.  How to make sure folks enjoyed themselves, and came back with friends. Volunteers we would need, and just all that will be involved in making sure we show Christ and love in all we do. All the while I knew God would provide all I would need.  So I prayed.  I prayed very specifically for things I would be needing. I prayed for strength, wisdom, discernment.  For Gods will to be my own.  I prayed for peace on this issue. Worry is a killer folks and God tells us in Mathew 6.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The faith that God would provide lifted my worry.  I am encouraged by the Word.  As soon as I let go of the thought of control God stepped in and took the reins. That is when things started to move.
One of my personal struggles is control.  I want to be in the know.  I want to be in the drivers seat.  It makes it hard to move Josh out of the way so God can work.  This literally hit me as I am writing.  It is a lesson I always don’t see until its done.  I have no control on Gods timing.  No matter how hard I try or work until God is ready, until my fruit is ripe God will not move to the next step.  While I want to bust in the door God wants me to be patient.  Aren’t fishermen supposed to be patient?  Well when it comes to waiting on Gods timing, when I think it is time I fall short.
Today God has shown up and shown up big.  We have some new folks stepping up to help us out, and I am excited to tell you all more about how God can use each of us in different ways to bring the big picture together.  As of right now I don’t have all the information to post about our new partners.  I will be posting soon.  It just is great to see how trust in God can be rewarded.  Thanks to everyone for the prayers, and support thus far.  I look forward to the future.  I look forward to seeing how God will help us all come together in His name.  Lane at lakeIt is an exciting time of growth. May God Bless all of you, and your families.

It is Cold!

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People are upset with this cold blast of air we are dealing with in South KY.  I for one am excited to see it.  It will bring the water temperatures down and heat up the bite on Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake.

A cold grey day is what I like to look for.  When the conditions and water temperature line up a person can boat some of the biggest fish of there life this time of year.  I personally look for wood cover or a slide, a lot of times the fish will really school up deep this time of year.  If you can get them fired up action can be fast and fierce.  Finding them and getting them eating at times can be frustrating. It pays to do your home work.

There are many different ways to be successful in cold water.  Live bait, NED rigs, Silver Buddy, crawling a jig, crank baits.  All will produce and all are fun.  My favorite for this time of year is the NED.  Those of you who have been reading my work have heard my NED success stories before.  For cold water it is a killer.  If its crappie you are after live minnows are almost impossible to beat this time of year.  Long lining shiners on Dale Hollow, or Cumberland with a split shot rig is a good option too.  The hot thing going now is the good old float and fly.  Both Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow offer trophy fish and this method is deadly.

You can find fish on long points, on bluffs and around fallen trees or brush.  Old slides are always good provided the wood is still there.  That is where doing your homework comes into play.  Different situations will warrant a change in technique.  So I will have a silver buddy if I think a shad die off has happened. (hint cold weather brings this on)  I would think it has hit.  If you can find where chad have been holding rip that think off the bottom and hold on.  NED is good for this too, but I usually cast open my bail and let it free fall.  Always be watching your line.   The hits will be violent and fast from bass.  Crappie can be different. I have caught them on both these baits but they tend to be a bit softer in there strike.

So in Closing I hope when this weather turns warmer you all are ready to go get them.  I welcome any questions about techniques, or what I look for.  I also hope everyone makes a resolution to fish more with their families in the new year.

(Feature picture is Jason Bean with a huge Dale Hollow Musky)  Congratulations Jason,

He caught it on 6 lb test line on a spinning rod.

Good Luck and God bless!