Outdoors with the Commissioner

Commissioner Johnson loves to be outdoors and enjoys interacting with the employees and our sportsmen and women. Here are a few pictures that show the great memorable experiences the Commissioner experiences with folks while he is out in the state.


I joined elk hunters this past weekend in east Kentucky
for opening weekend of Elk-Bull rifle season.
David Giles harvested this bull, possibly a new state record.
Congratulations David!!

Kentucky Houndsman State Champsionship at
Lloyd Wildlife Management Area bench show.
Great crowd and lots of fine looking hounds.
Congratulations on a great state championship!!

I attended the KY Wildlife Society Chapter meeting at Natural Bridge
and I was thoroughly impressed with the participation.
Very encouraging to see all the professionals that work on our Sportsmen's
behalf for wildlife conservation.  Receiving this year's
"Lauren Schaff Memorial Award" for outstanding lifetime wildlife conservation
service was Dr. Robert Frederick from Eastern Kentucky University.
He is pictured here with me and with Sara Ash of the
University of the Cumberlands and current KY Wildlife Society Chapter President.

Dr. Monte McGregor (right) and myself were on the Big South Fork of the
Cumberland River releasing some rare mussels propagated at our
Mussel Propagation Center at Forks of the Elkhorn in Frankfort, KY.
KFW is doing great mussel propagation work across the Commonwealth,
led by this center and Dr. McGregor.  Consider a visit sometime to
tour the facility, you will be amazed!

What a great day!  "I wandered down to our lake at Headquarters
and got cornered by some of our nation's finest.
These veterans from the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY,
came by for a day of fun fishing and storytelling.
I really appreciated them sharing memories with me
about their military experience and their fish catching expertise.
Thanks guys for your service."

Commissioner Greg Johnson (second from left),
Deputy Commissioner Karen Waldrop (far left), and
marketing program manager Michael Gray (far right) met with
DoubleStar Corp executives (l-r) Jack Starnes, Jesse Starnes and Stacy Starnes
to discuss our important industry-agency partnership to foster hunters
and sport shooters.  Based in Winchester, Ky.,
DoubleStar manufactures and distributes modern sporting firearms,
parts and accessories. 

Great week visiting our Quail Focus Area in Livingston County, KY.
Our great partners, committed landowners and F&W folks working together on
a very successful project (and yes, quail were whistling in the background).
Left to right (facing camera):  Eddie Joiner (blue shirt/Partner Livingston Co.),
Jim Temple (Farm Manager), Michael Johnson (USFWS),
Tony Black (KF&W), Steve Beam (KF&W), Jim Woodyard (Local Landowner),
Harold Crouch (Landowner), and Commissioner Johnson.
Left to right (facing away):  Madeleine Pratt (KF&W), Wes McFadden (KF&W),
Pat Brandon (KF&W), Philip Sharp (KF&W)

Here are some of the catch trot lining at Lake Cumberland
on a recent fishing trip.  Some big flathead catfish. 
Trot lining is a great way to fish for catfish.
If youi have never tried it, give it a shot or find someone
that can show you how.  Don't forget to get your fishing
license and try our lakes and streams, and take someone with.


Well I finally got out in all this wet weather to fish Lake Cumberland. Great day of fishing with Big Al Stakelin and my son Ryan. Don't forget to get out and fish and take a friend, son, daughter, nephew, niece, for a memorable experience.

I recently attended the 2015 Perry County Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner where our past Commissioner for the 7th District, Doug Hensley, received the award. Doug has a long history of giving back to his community and his State. Here he was showing off his boy scout uniform from his days with the scouts. Congratulations Doug!!

The rain finally stopped, so I got to walk down to our FIN (Fishing In Neighborhoods) lake at FW Headquarters and visited with this family from Frankfort busy catching fish. Pictured with me are Trinity and Braylin Manley and their dad Brandon Manley. They have a nice channel cat and liked the fish id posters I presented to them. And yes, they did pick out the right catfish off the poster that matched the one they caught. Don’t forget to take a child fishing, and visit our FIN lakes for great memorable moments.

This past Saturday I headed for Forks of the Elkhorn where our Mussel research facility is located. The heavy rains were flooding many of the buildings. As always your KFW staff are on top of things. Pictured is Mark “Slick” Roberts, a Foreman with our Transportation Section. He had been busy helping other staff move facility support equipment away from the flooding waters. Many thanks to all the staff that worked at this facility and our Frankfort Pfeiffer Fish Hatcher during the flooding this past weekend.

Pfeiffer Hatchery Director Steve Marple and Deputy Commissioner Charles Bush
at the hatchery discussing operations and current shipment of catfish
going out to the FIN lakes that day. 
Many thanks to Steve and his crew, and also to Dane Balsman (FIN Coordinator).

Crew at the Pfeiffer Hatchery in Frankfort weighing catfish for
shipment to FIN lakes.
Time to fish those FIN lakes, nice sized catfish this year.

Great day with hatchery crew at Pfeiffer Hatchery in Frankfort.
Here the crew is loading up 70 lbs. worth of catfish heading on their
journey to FIN lakes for our fishing public to enjoy.  A hard working
crew totally committed to their job.  Judging by smiles I saw on
the faces of fishermen later that day at the Department Headquarters FIN lakes,
the work of the hatchery crew is very much appreciated.