Saturday, April 17, 2004
1st.....Don Harper / B.J. Woods..... 5 fish..... 10.65 lbs
2nd.....Ron Evans / Rick Wensoki..... 4 fish.....7.99 lbs
3rd.....Dwayne L. / Tommy Maggard..... 4 fish..... 7.43 lbs
Big fish..... Don Harper / B.J. Woods..... 3.16 lbs
21 boat field..... total weight 52.36 lbs
Tom & Al's Open Crappie Tournament
Rough River Lake North Fork Ramp
Sunday, April 18, 2004
1st.....Nick Galloway..... 10.32 lbs
2nd.....Lawrence Berry / Jim Diehl..... 9.13 lbs
3rd.....Howard Galloway / Gene Shrewsberry..... 7.06 lbs
Big fish..... Nick Galloway..... 1.46 lbs
7 boat field
Department of Fish & Wildlife fishing forecasts
NOLIN RIVER LAKE
Bluegill will be good. Most fish are 5-7 inches, but are numerous.
Channel catfish will be good. The lake has a good population of 1-4 lb fish and some impressive larger fish.
Crappie will be good with large numbers of intermediate-size fish (7-10 inches); a few larger fish.
Largemouth bass will be fair since bass numbers are low; most bass are under 15 inches.
Walleye will be poor because there was poor survival of stocked fish in the years 1996-2000 and 2002-2003 have reduced population levels; surveys show a few large fish; we are stocking more fish than in past years and making other attempts to increase survival of young walleye.
White bass will be good, population numbers are up in 2003; most fish are 10-13 inches. The best bet is to fish in the headwaters in the spring (Bacon Creek area).
ROUGH RIVER LAKE
Bluegill will be good becuase Bluegill size structure has improved in the last two years.
Channel catfish, also, will be good due to population levels show high numbers of 3-5 lb fish.
Crappie will be excellent because 2003 was one of best years in memory. A fall sampling showed excellent population levels with a slight decline in fish over 12 inches. With good weather and water conditions, 2004 should be another banner year.
Hybrid striped bass will be excellent with excellent population levels of fish over 15 inches. Several large fish will be available with June as the best month for jump fishing. Hot tip: Avoid jumps with small fish, move until you see large "splunks" (because these are schooling fish and like sizes congregate).
Largemouth bass will be good. Their population is improving, 15 percent of the population is over 15 inches and overall bass numbers are stronger than what was sampled last year.
State record paddlefish caught in Ohio River
William Chumbler of Calvert City, Kentucky cast a spinnerbait into the Ohio River on March 23 expecting a bass to hit.
Instead of a bass, Chumbler hooked into a 106-pound paddlefish over five feet long and more than three feet around. It is now the new state record for the species, besting the old record of 82 pounds set by Standley Shelton from the Parrish Lakes in George-town in 1982.
"For a paddlefish, it was big," said Paul Rister, western district fisheries biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDF-WR).
"We commonly see paddlefish in the 20 to 40 pound range and we've tagged a few big ones in the 50 to 60 pound range. This fish was double the size of what we are used to seeing."
Chumbler landed the record paddlefish on 17-pound test line. The fish was 65 inches long with a girth of 37 inches. The record fish was weighed at Rudy's Farm Center in Kevil, Kentucky.
For more information about the Kentucky Record Fish program, call 1-800-858-1549. The record fish list is on pages 20 and 21 of the 2004 Kentucky Sport Fishing and Boating Guide or may be viewed on the KDFWR web site at fw.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Depart-ment of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wild-life areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment.
KDFWR, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.8 billion annually. For more information on KDFWR, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov.