Spring Fishing Frenzy

Spring Fishing Frenzy

Spring is a good time to gr​​ab your fishing gear and explore all the great opportunities that Kentucky has to offer. Join writer Kevin Kelly and Kentucky Afield Magazine Associate Editor Lee McClellan as they offer the best in fishing tips and tactics from ​around the state for a great start to the season. Just click the photo to see more. Want a place closer to home? Find a place to fish by clicking here. Don't forget to pick up your fishing license before yo​​u go. 


 
 

Spring 2022 Columns​​​



It's About Time to Catch Some Crappie

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

A fish is being held up by a hand

It feels like spring is taking two years to arrive. We've experienced bouts of dismal cold rain and high muddy water, followed by glorious warm...

Lake Cumberland Reporting Record Numbers of Bigger Striped Bass

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a man is holding a large fish

Few outdoor activities in Kentucky can match the explosive strike of striped bass in Lake Cumberland: whether it's a night strike in that leaves an angler...

The white bass runs provide a bonanza of bank fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a man is holding a large fish

There are old rituals each March in Kentucky. The series of prep races that culminate in the Kentucky Derby. The conference tournaments for our college basketball...

Increased trout stockings bring great fishing to Floyds Fork Creek

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

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The incredibly popular Parklands of Floyds Fork in Jefferson County began with some small land acquisitions of a former sod farm along the creek...​


Spring 2021 Columns​​​


Productive Fishing Options During the Summer Heat

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

A fish is being held up by a person

With Memorial Day weekend on tap, the summer fishing patterns are upon us. The summer weather is a welcome relief after the spring of crazy...

Two Tailwater Floats for Early Summer Smallies

Lee McClellanFrankfort, KY

a man is holding up two fish

After an unusually cool April and May so far, the long range forecast calls normal temperatures to return as we come into the warmer months, the...

Stick it to Dangerous Currents with a Wading Staff

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a man is holding a large fish

Those of us who wade rocky streams for smallmouth or tailwaters for trout sometimes bite off more than we can chew.​ An eddy on the other side of the stream looks inviting and the more...

May is a Great Time for Redear Sunfish

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a hand is holding up a sunfish

A day spent catching fish from the bank of a pond or lake will hook a novice angler and entertain the most experienced one. May traditionally offers go...

Derby Time Brings Good Stream Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a hand is holding up two smallmouth bass fish

Derby week is a festive time in Kentucky. Everyone seems to be in a good mood, summer is just...

Swimbaits Fool Trophy Fish

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

a man is holding up a large fish

Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable Sassy Shad, the paddle-tailed, shad-shaped soft plastic wonder that caught...

Late Spring is an Excellent Time for River Fishing

Kevin KellyFrankfort, KY

a man is holding up a large fish

Although mired in an unusually long dogwood winter, a folklore term for a mid-April cold snap when dogwood trees bloom, the extended forecast calls for it to break early next week. The... 

Spring is Prime Time for Trophy Largemouth Bass

Kevin KellyFrankfort, KY

a man is holding up two large fish

The first warm days of the year never come soon enough. But when they do, a feeling of euphoria sweeps over anglers because springtime offers... 

White Bass Runs Upon Us

Lee McClellanFrankfort, KY

a man is holding up two large fish

Anglers lined the bank of the Dix River in Rankin Bottoms in Herrington Lake’s extreme headwaters, casting minnows suspended under brown cork...

​The Spybait is an Excellent Option for Spring Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Kevin KellyFrankfort, KY

a man is holding up a large fish

Chad Miles, host of the Kentucky Afield television show, had a royal field day earlier this week on Dale Hollow Lake. "I caught about 10 pounds of smallmouth bass in two casts," he said. "One was over four pounds and the other weighed 5.2...


Spring 2020 Columns:


Wading is an Excellent and Inexpensive Way to Fish Streams

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

Anglers in Kentucky often learned to fish by wading the abundant streams that course over the surface of our state. Many of these streams flow over a rocky...

White Bass Spawning Runs Beginning

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

The air temperatures will flirt with 80 degrees this week and the white bass are running sporadically in the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake. Water temperatures range from the mid-to-high 50s on lake across Kentucky and the temperatures range from...

Three Things to Consider for Spring Fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

The temperatures rose to the high 70s last weekend and dropped into the low 50s earlier this week...

Crappie Time is Here

Lee McClellanFrankfort, KY

Spring has sprung all across Kentucky. Air temperatures nipped at 80 degrees earlier this week and water temperatures are over 60 degrees on many lakes. Black crappie are moving along rocky banks that have them. "With the longer photo...​

April is Trophy Largemouth Time

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

It was roughly a year ago on Good Friday when Evarts resident Mark Ward went fishing after work with his wife and daughter at 6-acre Highsplint Lake in in Harlan County. Ward pitched a soft...

Redear Sunfish Spawn Upon Us

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

It is just about the time of year when the big “bull” redear sunfish move shallow to spawn, sending a shiver of excitement through many Kentucky anglers. When the big redear sunfish move up to span, they produce some of the best fishing of the...

Finding a Place to Fish

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

One of the age-old quandaries concerning fishing is finding somewhere to go and catch fish. Over the past several years, the staff of the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources upgraded a Kentucky angler's ability to...

Finding the Best Kayak for Flatwater Fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

A vehicle with a couple of kayaks on the roof with fishing poles visible through the back window is an increasingly common sight on Kentucky highways. Sales show kayak fishing and related kayak...

Tips to Encourage Your Young Angler’s Interest this Summer

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

The summer temperatures predicted for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend bring the perfect environment for taking some kids fishing. If they like the experience, how do you keep the...

June a Transitional Month for Bass Fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

The gorgeous weather combined with warming, but tolerable, temperatures make June one of the best months to be outside. The wonderful weather...

Channel Catfish Spawn Brings Hot Fishing for Bank Anlers

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

Water temperatures are 75 degrees in Kentucky Lake in west Kentucky and the same at Lake Cumberland in southeast Kentucky and the hot weather in southeast Kentucky and the hot weather in the...

Two Good State Resort Parks for Early Summer Fishing

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

Largemouth bass are one of the most popular sport fish in Kentucky. Two of Kentucky’s excellent state resort parks, Barren River Lake State Resort and Lake Barkley State Resort Park, lie on two of the best...

Wade the Lake Cumberland Tailwater to Beat the Heat and Catch Fish

Lee McClellan Frankfort, KY

The dog days of summer slow everything down. The heat and humidity along with the long days make outside work sweaty and arduous as June gives...​

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