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Good camping can be as simple as tossing your gear in your car and driving


There’s a lot to like about camping — it’s the great outdoors getaway.

Especially in the spring and early summer, when it’s still cool at night, the fish are biting, flowers are blooming and the woods are greening up. But for campers who like swimming and recreational boating, nothing beats summer.

Your campsite is your home, but probably with a much better view — shimmering lakes, rocky cliffs, and inviting footpaths through shady forests.

That’s a big part of camping’s appeal. There’s a camping lifestyle to fit every taste for scenery and sense of adventure. Camping can be as primitive or as comfortable as you want it to be.

Car camping is probably the most popular form of camping. Put your gear in the car, truck, van or sport utility vehicle and drive to your campsite. Maybe take along the boat, and camp on a lakeshore (Photo Provided)

 Car camping is probably the most popular form of camping.

Put your gear in the car, truck, van or sport utility vehicle and

drive to your campsite. Maybe take along the boat, and camp

on a lakeshore (Photo Provided)

Car camping is probably the most popular form of camping. Put your gear in the car, truck, van or sport utility vehicle and drive to your campsite. Maybe take along the boat, and camp on a lakeshore.

You’ll be happy to discover that tent camping is easy on the pocketbook if you stick to the basics.

You can save enough money on your first couple of trips to pay for camping equipment — tent, sleeping bags, gas lantern, canopy, cooking stove and ice chest — gear that can be used for several seasons to come.

Even the most modern campgrounds, which have bathhouses with flush toilets and showers, are reasonably priced, compared to the cost of a few days stay in a cabin, lodge room, or houseboat rental.

Developed campsites for tent campers typically have a fire pit with grate, picnic table, tent pad, lantern pole and trash can.

Car camping is especially attractive to families, a good opportunity to get away from the distractions of modern life for a little quality time together. Take along your cell phone for emergencies, but turn it off!

Camping puts you out among lakes and forests, sitting around the campfire at night, a sky full of stars overhead, listening to frogs and crickets, awakening to a foggy sunrise. It’s a great escape back to nature that goes well with just about any outdoors activity.

Your camp is your base of operations for fishing, boating, day-hiking, photography, or nature viewing.

Camping beside rivers or lakes is especially appealing because water has a calming effect. During the summer months, it always seems cooler around water because there’s a breeze stirring.

When you go camping the food tastes better, the conversation seems livelier and once you get accustomed to the routine, you’ll find that sleep is more restful than what’s experienced in town.

Alarm clocks aren’t allowed on camping trips! You’ll wake up with the sun and retire earlier in the evening, getting into the natural rhythm of being outside.

Camping Basics

A few days before you go camping, make a list and start organizing your gear. A latch tote is a good option for storing and easily moving such items as canned foods, pots and pans, coffee pots, and miscellaneous kitchen utensils like metal spatulas. Some veteran campers make cook boxes out of plywood that can be used for years.

Choose a tent that has a floor and a zippered, insect-proof screen.

Sleeping bags are preferred, but not necessary. A bed sheet, blanket and pillow work fine for sleeping in a tent during warm weather. A foam pad will make your bed more comfortable.

Take a lawn chair for sitting around camp, and a flashlight with extra batteries. It can be chilly at night, in the late spring and early summer, so take along a light jacket and long pants.

Don’t forget personal items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, body wash, sunscreen, first aid kit, insect repellent and itch cream to soothe any bug bites or poison ivy rash.

Plan you meals down to the last detail and take along all the food and beverages you’ll need. Store perishables in an ice chest. Plastic storage bags are ideal for repackaging cheese, fruit, meat and other perishables.

Choose a portable camp stove, typically they burn white gas or bottled fuel, that is large enough to cook a full-course meal, and hot enough to boil water for coffee in just a few minutes.

If you want to cook on the campfire take along a cast-iron skillet, griddle or Dutch oven because they can be placed on a metal fire grate above the flames, or set among hot coals.

For more outdoors news and information, see Art Lander’s Outdoors on KyForward.

Some campgrounds don’t allow campers to bring their own firewood so check ahead. Many campers don’t transport firewood, even within the state. Firewood could include ash infected with the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that is spreading rapidly throughout Kentucky and other states in the region, killing ash trees.

Never cut live trees for firewood, use only downed limbs and twigs. A small folding saw comes in handy for cutting up downed limbs.

Wooden kitchen matches work great for starting campfires and lighting camp stoves. Store matches in a waterproof container. An empty jar with a tight lid will do in a pinch.

Take along some bottled drinking water and a container to carry water back to your campsite from the campground’s spigot, for washing pots and pans and coffee cups.

Take along a length of cord and some clothespins for an impromptu clothesline to dry wet swimsuits and towels.

Top Camping Areas in Kentucky

Kentucky has lots of great campgrounds in our state park system, and Daniel Boone National Forest. Two favorites are:

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, near Jamestown, Ky., in southcentral Kentucky.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, near Cadiz, Ky., in western Kentucky.

Both areas offer excellent fishing, beautiful forests, great hiking trails, and lots of opportunities for lakeshore camping.


1Art Lander Jr.Art Lander Jr. is outdoors editor for KyForward. He is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a life-long hunter, angler, gardener and nature enthusiast. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, magazine journalist and author and is a former staff writer for Kentucky Afield Magazine, editor of the annual Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide and Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide, and co-writer of the Kentucky Afield Outdoors newspaper column.

Art Landers fishing report - April 11, 2016


By Lee McClellan

(This is the sixth installment of the “Spring Fishing Fever” series of articles, detailing productive fishing techniques and opportunities across Kentucky. The series will continue until early summer. An archive of past articles is available on the department’s website at

The grass is the deep forest green that only reveals itself in early spring. Keeneland opens this week and the Kentucky Derby is not far away.

It is early April in Kentucky and the fish are biting all over the state.

“I caught a limit of striped bass last Saturday and another on Sunday and did the same the weekend before on Lake Cumberland,” said Joe McWilliams, an avid striped bass angler who has owned a house on the lake for nearly 20 years. “Most of them ran 24 to 26 inches, but my biggest was 30 1/2 inches.”

Stripers ranging in length from 24 to 26 inches weigh roughly 8 to 11 pounds while 30 inchers run about 14 pounds. McWilliams fishes the area from White Oak Creek down lake to Fall Creek most of the time.

Nathan Brooks, videographer for the Kentucky Afield television show, holds a 37-inch striped bass he caught from Lake Cumberland last week. April winds bring good fishing for striped bass, crappie and white bass (KDFWR Photo)

McWilliams bottom fishes live alewives or shad he catches in a cast

 net in the pre-dawn hours to catch striped bass. He has a milk run of sloping banks, channel banks and points and changes locations and depths until he finds fish. Store bought large shiners work for bait as well.

He employs a simple slip rig with a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce egg sinker on the main line above a barrel swivel. He ties a leader of 20-pound monofilament line to the barrel swivel with a 4/0 octopus style hook on the business end.

“I’ve caught smallmouth bass up to four pounds recently on this rig as well,” McWilliams said. Stripers are also hitting 1/2-ounce white and blue bucktail jigs worked down channel banks in the lower lake.

Crappie are biting on Taylorsville Lake and other lakes across Kentucky.

“They are catching many limits of crappie,” said David Baker, Central Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are many 10- to 11-inch crappie, both whites and blacks.”

Anglers reported catching black crappie over the last week by casting to rocky banks with 2-inch lime green or chartreuse curly-tailed grubs. The black crappie are hanging in 4 to 8 feet of water in the mid-lake region. Minnows fished in woody cover draw strikes from white crappie on Taylorsville.

“The lake has settled down and that’s really helped the crappie,” Baker said. The less turbid sections of the lake provide better crappie fishing.

Crappie are also shallow and active on central Kentucky’s Herrington Lake. The canyon-like lake is known more for its largemouth and white bass fisheries, but the lake holds an excellent population of black and white crappie.

“We saw many 9- to 14-inch crappie in Herrington this past week,” Baker said. “Look for shoreline cover or stumps just under the water. The fish are relatively shallow for Herrington in 5 to 8 feet of water.”

He said the fish are fat with excellent body condition. Cast pearl-colored 2-inch curly tailed grubs to the stumps and fish the shoreline cover with live minnows. Black crappie predominate the lower lake while anglers will find more white crappie in the upper lake above King’s Mill Marina.

Anglers report catching black crappie on the famous crappie twins of west Kentucky, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, by casting chartreuse and lime-green curly-tailed grubs rigged on 1/8-ounce leadheads to pea gravel banks. White crappie are still staging in the deeper sections of creek arms in 8 to 14 feet of water, but should move shallow anytime with water temperatures now cresting 60 degrees.

There is an old saying, “the white bass run when the redbuds bloom.” Baker saw many anglers catching white bass on Herrington Lake by trolling medium-running shad-colored crankbaits between Kings Mill Marina and Dunn Island.

“One guy even complained to us he was sick of catching them,” he said. “My father-in-law caught 36 this past Sunday on Herrington. They are impressive with many of them 12 to14 inches. They look great.”

The run has likely not commenced into the lake’s headwaters, Baker said.

For more outdoors news and information, see Art Lander’s Outdoors on KyForward.

The white bass run at Taylorsville Lake has been spotty so far. The smaller male white bass made a run in the last two weeks that seems to have petered out.

Nolin River Lake in west-central Kentucky holds arguably the best white bass population in Kentucky. The white bass are staging in the upper lake from Cane Run to Bacon Creek Ramp and the smaller males are up in the Nolin River.

Eventually they will run upstream as far as Wheeler’s Mill.

The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters of Herrington, Taylorsville and Nolin River lakes should start in earnest once a prolonged warm front raises water temperatures a few degrees.

White bass strike anything that flashes during their runs. White in-line spinners, white or chartreuse curly tailed grubs, silver casting spoons or small chrome

 topwater lures all draw strikes. Small 1/32-ounce feather jigs in pink, white or chartreuse suspended under a bobber and allowed to drift in the current is also a deadly presentation for running white bass.

The redbuds are blooming, the grass is green and fish biting everywhere. Get out and enjoy, winter is gone for good. Don’t forget to buy your 2016-17 fishing license if you haven’t already.


Author Lee McClellan is associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on the department, click here.

Eagle Ridge Golf League News

      League Starts on Tuesday, April 19

Bill Jackson



The Eagle Ridge Golf League will commence on Tuesday, April 19, 2019, at 5:30 PM. The 2015 season was difficult with all the weather cancellations and a four-week extension. This year we are hoping for much better weather as we have seen in years past. I am looking forward to seeing many of my friends that I have not seen since last year. If you haven’t competed in the league before, you will find that this will become your favorite day of the week. It will also make certain that you play golf once a week when, without league play, you will seldom get to play that round. Besides, it gets great people together in a time of competitiveness, friendship, and tall tales; a time if experienced, you will miss.

First, we lost two of the original officers and members of the league from 2015. Everyone has heard about the loss of Bill Copley, but some may not know of the passing of Clyde Adkins. Clyde was an inspiration to all. Two years ago he had to reenter chemotherapy. In 2014, although unable to play, Clyde came to the course on the league nights to give lessons to his son-in-law, Dean Stinebring. Of course, if one followed closely, he might see him hit an occasional shot or putt.

Clyde’s story is inspirational.

When he came back to the league in 2015, Clyde appeared frail. I approached him and asked whether he minded if I asked the club to allow him to drive to his ball. I was aware that Clyde was certainly capable of doing this, but I also knew, like anyone else who knew him understood Clyde would never ask for any advantage. When I approached him about this idea, Clyde said “No buddy,” his favorite saying, “if I can’t play how and where the others play, then I will quit!” And how did Clyde play in 2015? He was in the final group vying for the league title. That was my friend Clyde. I did not find of his passing, missing both his visitation and funeral. Regardless, I am going to miss both Bill and Clyde as will the other members of the league.

I would ask that all golfers enter into league play, regardless of their skill level or their age. Compensations are made in teeing areas, and the handicaps make everyone equal. There was only 4-points difference between 6th place and 1st place. It is great fun and an opportunity to spend time with others you would never see.

League applications are at the pro shop. Stop by, fill out your application, and pay the $25 league fee. All monies are returned in prizes and include a free banquet dinner. If you have any questions, call Dan Preece (673-4190) or me (638-4308).

By the way, know that I haven’t picked up a club since the first of November. However, I did get two new putters. You can’t have too many putters. I will be dangerous. Also, the “boys down at the pool room” said that J. Lynn See is returning from Florida, having played three or four times a week. The rumours are that J. Lynn has said he can’t wait to defend his title.

I’ll see you at the course on Tuesday, April 19.

Bill Jackson

Submitted, April 2, 2015


Happy Spring!


Men's League will kick off on Tuesday April 19th at 5:30 p.m.. Annual League Fee, $25.00

Ladies Clinics begin Tuesdays in May!!

Cost: $15.00 per clinic

Dates:  May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

            June 7, 14, 21, 28

Time:  6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to participate!!! We will learn the game from the green back to the tee!  and have some fun too!!!

Junior Clinics begin in May!!

Cost:  $10.00 per junior per clinic

Dates:  Sundays in May

           1, 8, 15, 22, 29      

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ages 7 to 11


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AFTER 1:00 P.M.                                              AFTER 1:00 P.M.

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Wildlife Department launches trophy largemouth bass propagating program

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is looking for a few good bass.

Not just any largemouth bass, however. The hunt is on for the wall-hanging, line-busting fish that anglers in the local tackle shop will talk about for years.

The reason is simple: Big bass produce big bass. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife wants anglers to donate their live trophy bass so the department’s hatcheries can use them to produce new generations of oversized fish. In return, anglers will receive a replica mount of their bass.

“I wanted to figure out how we could do a better job of propagating larger bass in Kentucky,” said department Fisheries Director Ron Brooks. “So this kind of program just makes sense. People have been breeding animals forever to optimize the size of the animal, so why not do this with largemouth bass?”

Stephanie Brandt, fisheries biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a largemouth bass captured during population sampling on 96-acre Corinth Lake in Grant County (F&W Photo)Anglers for years have lobbied for Kentucky to stock the jumbo-sized Florida strain largemouth bass in the state’s waters. However, Kentucky doesn’t have the same kind of climate as Florida, so that variety of bass would not do as well here.

“If we had the same kind of year-round temperatures as Florida, then we’d be stocking Florida-strain bass,” Brooks said.

The best alternative is spawning native fish with proven genetics to grow big. Kentucky’s program will only accept female bass weighing more than 8 pounds, and male bass weighing more than 6 pounds. Fish this size generally exceed 22 inches in length.

Anglers wishing to participate should take their trophy bass to a participating bait shop, where employees will hold fish in aerated bait tanks until a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employee can pick up the bass and take it to a hatchery.

“We don’t want anglers to leave their trophy bass in a livewell or keep it a fish basket on the bank for an extended period of time, because we don’t want the fish to succumb to stress,” Brooks said. “We’re asking people to handle these fish with kid gloves and bring them to a participating bait shop as soon as possible.”

After the bass spawn, hatcheries will raise young fish until they reach 5 inches long. Then employees will stock the bass in lakes around the state, including the lakes where the parent fish were originally caught.

“This won’t mean that every largemouth bass spawning in Kentucky will have trophy bass genes,” Brooks said. “That would be a long way off. But in the immediate future, it will mean the fish we’re stocking to augment the natural spawning will be a higher quality of fish as far as growth potential.”

A list of the participating bait shops and more information about the trophy fish program can be found on the department’s website. Search under the keywords, “Trophy Bass Propagation Program.”

From F&W Communications