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April 24, 2018

Confiscated items will go on sale at auction May 7, 2018 at KFW headquarters

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 7 at department headquarters in Frankfort.

Confiscated auction items include shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, hunting and fishing equipment and more. Confiscated auction items include shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, hunting and fishing equipment and more.

Surplus auction items include a Schaffer 16-foot aluminum boat, Mercury and Johnson boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, a generator, office equipment and more. Bidding on surplus items is open to everyone.

Confiscated auction items include shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, hunting and fishing equipment and more. Firearm brands being offered for sale include Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Beretta, Browning, Savage, Remington, Benelli and more. Under state law, only qualified Kentucky residents may bid on confiscated items.

A list of all items to be offered at auction is available online at finance.ky.gov, the Kentucky Finance and Administration website. Search under the keywords, “Upcoming public auctions.” Surplus items can be purchased with cash, checks or credit cards. Other terms and conditions are included with the list of auction items. All items are sold as is.

Viewing begins at 8 a.m. (Eastern), with bidding to begin at 10 a.m. The auction will be held near the Salato Wildlife Education Center, which is on the headquarters campus of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1 Sportsman’s Lane.

Visitors may find the headquarters complex off U.S. 60 in Frankfort, approximately 1 ½ miles west of the intersection with U.S. 127. A bronze deer statue marks the entrance.

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April 22, 2018

This spring seems like one long continuation of late winter. As soon as we get a warm day, the temperature plunges and we are back in February again. It even snowed on Monday of the third week of April.

This up and down weather combined with cold rains has the spring fishing season behind by a few weeks. The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters of reservoirs are scattershot so far this spring, with some movement followed by retreat.

“I don’t think the white bass have really had a chance to run yet,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “I think the fluctuating water temperatures are screwing them up a bit. We need a sustained warm front to get them going.”

Water temperatures are in the low 50s in most reservoirs and streams across Kentucky.

Anglers fishing the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake found rewarding, but sporadic, fishing over the last week.

“Last Thursday, I took home six white bass, but on Friday, I took home 10, at least four of them over 15 inches,” said Clifford Scott, internal policy analyst for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “I had to walk quietly out of there because I had the biggest stringer of fish.”


In-line spinners fool white bass during their spawning runs, like this silver one did a few years ago in the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake. The up and down temperatures this spring stunted the white bass runs, but they should be make their heavy spawning moves into the headwaters of reservoirs soon with the arrival of sustained warm weather (Photo from Kentucky Afield Outdoors)In-line spinners fool white bass during their spawning runs, like this silver one did a few years ago in the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake. The up and down temperatures this spring stunted the white bass runs, but they should be make their heavy spawning moves into the headwaters of reservoirs soon with the arrival of sustained warm weather (Photo from Kentucky Afield Outdoors)

Scott took his fish with a combination of old-school 2-inch curly-tailed grubs in white and yellow along with a 2-inch Bobby Garland Baby Shad in pink and pearl.

“I saw small shad all over the place,” Scott said. “Once I saw them, I switched to the Baby Shad. You had to fish for the white bass, they were not on a hard run, but produced enough action to keep your interest.”

The upper part of Taylorsville Lake WMAGreen River Lake is one of those lakes poised for a white bass breakout. Southwestern Fisheries District biologist Eric Cummins and crew conducted white bass population sampling on the lake last year. They found excellent reproduction in 2014 for white bass, producing an expanding population of fish 14 inches and longer in the lake.

Last week, some bass anglers fishing a tournament on Green River Lake reported incidental catches of white bass while fishing crankbaits for largemouth bass. Anglers should search the Robinson Creek arm from Wilson Creek up to the KY 76 Bridge (Knifley Road) and in the Green River arm above Holmes Bend.

Bank anglers can access the upper end of the Robinson Creek arm at the Elkhorn Ramp and the Wilson Creek Recreation Area. They may also access the upper section of the Green River arm at the Snake Creek Ramp and other roads on the Green River WMA in that area.

Cave Run Lake is another reservoir with growing numbers of white bass. Population surveys conducted in 2017 show high numbers of larger fish, which should mean good fishing in 2018. Search for surface activity to find white bass in spring on the lake.

The fishing peaks in summer on Cave Run, when white bass get in the “jumps” by trapping shad against the surface and ripping through them. The confluence near the mouth of Buck Creek as well as the areas around the Clay Lick and Alfrey boat ramps make excellent places to search for them when it gets hot. Any shad imitating topwater cast into the jumps will get smoked.

Some anglers caught fish in the Broad Ford area in the headwaters of Nolin River Lake a few weeks ago, but the fishing slowed with the cold rains that accompanied major frontal passages earlier in April. The sustained warm weather in the upcoming forecast will draw waves of white bass into Nolin River Lake above Bacon Creek Ramp.

Fast and furious fishing during the spring runs makes white bass one of the most popular fish anglers pursue. When they are on, you can catch fish on consecutive casts.

In-line spinners like the venerable Rooster Tail in white, chartreuse and pink all score white bass. You can work an in-line spinner near the surface or let it sink a few feet and retrieve. Vary the depths of the retrieve until you hit fish.

Like what Scott found last week, small shad-shaped soft plastic lures or curly tailed grubs also attract white bass. Some anglers fishing the headwaters of reservoirs suspend 1/16- to 1/32-ounce white feather or hair jigs under bobbers and let them drift in the current. Change the depth of the jig until you find white bass.

Anglers may keep 15 white bass daily, but only five of the daily limit may be longer than 15 inches. White bass fishing gives you a fantastic reason to buy your fishing license, so don’t forget to get one if you haven’t already.

By Lee McClellan
Special to KyForward

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Author Lee McClellan is associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Get the latest from Lee and the entire Kentucky Afield staff by following them on Twitter at @kyafield

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.

 

March 29, 2019

Changes would take affect this coming season

 

HENDERSON - Deer and waterfowl hunters, you will want to take note.

Some significant changes are being officially recommended by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Commission -- including a longer statewide deer season that would also increase the number of deer harvests allowed on regular permits as well as "bonus" permits.

 

Those changes also include opening up quota waterfowl hunting in part of the Sauerheber Unit of the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area in Henderson and Union counties.

That possibility, when disclosed earlier this year, stirred protest among some hunters -- especially those with private hunting land and clubs bordering the Saurheber Unit.

Another notable change recommended: Moving Henderson and Union counties from Zone 2 to Zone 1 for deer hunting. Zone 1 is more aligned with counties in the far western portion of the state.

The proposals were among multiple recommendations to deer, waterfowl and migratory bird seasons made by commission members at their March 23 meeting in Frankfort. 

"The commission recommends hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the Kentucky General Assembly. Legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law," according to a new release.

More notable still "the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended expanding modern gun season for deer to 16 days statewide, increasing the number of deer allowed on a statewide permit from two to four, and increasing some license and permit fees for non-residents.

"The changes recommended by commission members are designed to help thin the state’s deer herd in more densely populated areas while boosting numbers where deer populations are lower than desired. Changes also will boost many opportunities for hunters," said the news release.

All deer-related regulations will go into effect for the 2018-2019 seasons if approved by legislators. 

Deer hunting specifics

Among the deer-related recommendations approved by the commission:

*  Creating an antlerless-only modern gun hunt during the last weekend of September in Zone 1 counties. (Henderson is being moved to Zone 1)

*  Expanding the modern gun deer season to 16 days statewide. 
Modifying the statewide deer permit from a two-deer limit to four deer, and the youth deer permit from a one-deer limit to four deer. Hunters would still be limited to one antlered deer statewide, regardless of zone or method.

*  Allowing hunters to take a bag limit of deer in each zone, independent of the other zone’s bag limits. 

*  Modifying the additional deer permit from a two-deer limit to 15 deer. Hunters would still be limited to one antlered deer statewide, regardless of zone or method. 

*  Creating a special deer hunt program that would allow modern gun hunts for deer outside of the normal season. This would only apply to nonprofit conservation organizations working under Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s recruitment, retention and re-activation guidelines. 

*  Allowing a person to use an unlimited number of deer control tags. The current limit is five tags.

*  Removing the requirement to sign a deer control tag at the time of transfer from landowner to hunter.

*  Requiring the hunter to sign a deer control tag at the time of harvest. 

Waterfowl specifics

Commission members also took several steps at their meeting to simplify some waterfowl regulations and to increase opportunities for hunters, according to a news release.

These waterfowl regulations will also go into effect for the 2018-2019 seasons if approved by legislators.

Among the recommendations:

Allowing expanded waterfowl quota hunts on the Sauerheber Unit in Henderson County. 

Removing blind site hunting restrictions on the Sauerheber Unit. (This would mean hunters wouldn't be restricted to only hunting from established blinds.)

Developing a check-in system for quota hunt participants on the Sauerheber Unit. 

Creating a lottery for unclaimed blinds or hunt sites on the Sauerheber Unit and removing the ability to occupy unclaimed blinds.

Creating a quota hunt for the Jenny Hole Unit of the Sloughs WMA, with spots allocated by a weekly drawing. 

Closing the Jenny Hole Unit to waterfowl hunting, except for quota hunt participants. 

Prohibiting boat use on the Jenny Hole Unit from Thanksgiving Day to the last Sunday in January, except for quota hunt participants during limited hours. 

Recommendations affecting Ballard WMA in far western Kentucky include removing the requirement to hunt from a blind in the Ballard Zone.

Commission members proposed several changes to the existing regulations governing sandhill crane hunting. These would expand hunting opportunities and establish a second refugee area on public property. Proposals include:

Changing the sandhill crane quota hunt application period from late November to the month of September to align it with quota hunt application periods of other game species. 

Increasing the number of sandhill crane permits and tags issued. 
Lengthening the sandhill crane season and increasing the statewide bag limit. 

Allowing hunters to take more than two birds in a season, if they have the required number of tags. 

Requiring participants to buy a hunting license by Sept. 30 to be eligible for a permit. 

Establishing a new refuge for roosting birds by closing portions of Green River Lake to sandhill crane hunting. 

The next regularly scheduled Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday, June 8. Meetings are held at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters, located at 1 Sportsman’s Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort.

By Douglas White
The Gleaner