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Fall and Winter Holidays are on the horizon. Book now for best selection! Company and Private Parties: Don’t be left hanging for the holidays! Let Jamestown Resort & Marina handle the details from the lodging to food and staff for

Local filmmaker David Williams along with Brian West, a local short film actor, presented the Russell County Arts Council with a $300 donation at the October Council Meeting. David Williams and Brian West had been working on a short action

Some major storms came through the area on Monday with strong winds, hail and oh, just a tornado! Check out this video that a local resident took of a tornado forming near the Wolf Creek Dam on Monday evening.

Wolf Creek NFH has babies! The EED strain of Rainbow Trout eggs that we received on Sept. 4th have hatched. Come by and take a look at these little alevin (fry with yolk sac) before they grow up.

MORE STOCKING: Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff along with the Kentucky Department of Fish Wildlife Resources personnel will be stocking the following waters today with Rainbow trout. Trammel Creek-Allen Co…………………..1,250 Casey Creek-Trigg Co………………………1,000 Jennings Creek-Warren Co……………….1,000 Nolin Tailwater-Edmonson Co……………1,750

August has come and gone, we are now into September and fishing conditions remain quite strong. The fish have went into the jumps Early this year which has been quite exhilarating. When you find the fish in the jumps There’s

It was a beautiful day on Lake Cumberland and at Hatchery Creek for the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event! With 17 participants catching limit after limit of trout as well as many very large Striped Bass it was a

Russell County Hospital have been hard at work choreographing a pink glove dance which is part of a global phenomenon to help build awareness, spread hope, joy and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Russell County Hospital partnered

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) — It’s a problem that started nearly seven years ago! In 2007, the Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland needed some major repairs. Those repairs caused water levels to drop about forty feet. Thursday, those levels

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff and volunteers processed 300,000 EED strain Rainbow trout eggs from the Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Tennessee today. These trout will grow to stocking size in 16 – 18 months and will be used

PRESS RELEASE September 5, 2014 Captain Jim Durham Striperfun Guide Service 931-403-2501 Two 40 pound plus Stripers caught in the last several weeks at Lake Cumberland by StriperFun Guide Service! StriperFun Guide Service is pleased to announce that it

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ new Boat Sober mobile app for smart phones and tablets informs boaters about boating under the influence and overall boating safety. Boaters planning to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend

Great News! The Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee has secured country singer, Trent Tomlinson for our Festival at the Springs on September 6th. Come out to see the show on Main Street in Russell Springs. Borrowed Blue, the popular Kentucky band

There are more indications that engineers at the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are confident the seven-year, $594 million rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam is a permanent fix for the oft-troubled earthen and concrete structure that

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT Provided by Captain Jim Durham Owner StriperFun Guide Service, Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: July 30th, 2014 • Latest water temperature: 81.1° F

The state of Kentucky has been officially named the houseboating capital of the world. But Kentucky’s multimillion-dollar houseboat industry is being endangered by the unintended consequences of several public-policy changes, our industry leaders told state legislators. Some of the major

Crews in Pulaski County have recovered the body of a man who jumped into Lake Cumberland on Sunday night and never came back up. According to the Pulaski County Coroner, it appears the 43-year-old victim did a back flip off

Wizard of Oz opens at the Historic Star Theater this August! The Wizard of Oz is historically a sell-out show and one of the largest productions done at the Theater.   The work for the show began back in December and

I apologize for not having updated fishing forecast for a while. Unfortunately of death in the family has prevented me from fishing for most of July. Now that I am back fishing, I will once again try to keep the

You saw her on The Voice along with millions of others.  A part of Louisville, Kentucky hip music scene, this up and coming singer is headed for stardom!  As a member of Team Christina on Season 5 of NBC’s hit

We are fortune to be able to take a week off from work and spend it at the lake.  We have several little projects this week, however the top of the list is RELAXING.  I’ll keep you posted with photos

Wondering where to spend Independence Day?  Wonder no more.  Jamestown Resort & Marina has a full evening of events planned by the water! Celebrate and enjoy music from the band Klassyc Tymes, magic show and of course the beautiful fireworks

A boating accident near Beaver & Otter Creeks on Lake Cumberland resulted in serious injuries a fire  and two men being airlifted. The Collision occurred around 10:30 Saturday evening when a Pontoon being occupied by James Pettey, his wife Michelle,

These are bare facts. Listen to this 911 conversation about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Dispatcher: “911.” “I didn’t know who else to call. I have a very large black bear … in my yard.” 911 dispatcher: “Okay, you need to stay

When we purchased our houseboat the generator wouldn't  run correctly.  The son of the previous owner said when he would start the generator and when it began to stall, he would bump the start button several times until it would start running

We are excited to bring you even more fun on our Facebook page! This week we announced and ask everyone to share with us a picture of Lake Cumberland on our facebook page! The pictures shared were absolutely breathtaking! 

June has finally arrived. Fishing conditions have improved drastically. The shad spawn is over, and almost all stripers are out of the spawn also. Live bait and umbrellas are the best method for catching the fish at this time. It

Kentucky’s own Lake Cumberland has been recognized on BuzzFeed as one of the “16 Amazingly Refreshing Lake Destinations in the U.S.” Lake Cumberland is “the ideal escape from the southern summer heat. Home to a state park on an island

Currently, the lake level is right at 722.21 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 3 feet below the tree line which is 725′ above sea level. With the repairs finished on the dam, the lake is forecast

If you are looking for something exciting to do in the Lake Cumberland area, you will want to contact Bobby’s Outdoor Adventures for a professional guided kayaking trip on the Cumberland and Green Rivers.  Bobby Williams is an avid outdoorsman

JAMESTOWN, Ky. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering public tours of the Wolf Creek Dam Powerhouse here Saturday, June 21, July 5, Aug. 16 and Sept. 6, 2014. The free guided tours of the structure

I'm very passionate about lake safety and using life jackets, everyone who boats with us wears a life jacket when in the lake.  My theory is if I can't see you under the water I can't save you.  Even if

Militana earned his first FLW win with four smallmouth bass that exceeded the 18-inch size limit. "My goal was to hit as many spots as possible," said Militana. "I think I hit 30 spots in the tournament. The areas that

Celebrate by wearing your life jacket at all times while boating. And ask your friends and family to do the same! Ready, Set, Wear It! Conley Bottom is proud to announce we will be participating in the fifth-annual “Ready, Set,

I've been driving boats for many years which makes me a decent driver, however the largest boat I have docked was 25 feet this boat is 70 feet, which means all the practice I've had with a 25 foot boat

April is finally gone. May is here, but it would appear that the cold weather in the beginning of May, has remained also, we've got 7 inches of rain in a 72 hour period. This has brought the lake elevation

FRANKFORT — A jointed Thunderstick or Redfin lure slowly worked on the surface along a main lake bank on Lake Cumberland at 3 a.m. in early May could provoke a reaction from a striped bass that feels like it could

We finished all the paperwork and documentation on our houseboat in May.  The first opportunity we had more than a weekend to stay on the boat was the Fourth of July holiday.  We were on vacation for the week and

It's hard to believe that this is the metal of April. Woke up this morning to see what appeared to be a blizzard on the Lake. The Lake is flipped over and the algae Bloom is finally gone. Fishing on

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sen. Chris Girdler was recently joined by prominent members of Kentucky’s houseboat industry as he presented a resolution to the Kentucky General Assembly declaring Kentucky the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” “We hear about Kentucky’s signature industries,

April has finally arrived and none too soon. The Lake is about to complete the turnover, which means the algae bloom is in full bloom. This makes the water look as if there has been an oil spill, this should

The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has undergone, and in some cases is still undergoing, several changes the past few months, including a new resort park manager and business manager as well as a renovation of the park's popular restaurant.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources predict the return of Lake Cumberland to its normal summertime level will prove a boon to fishing in the coming years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that

Lake Cumberland's water level will be restored to 723 feet by mid-May, according to officials in Washington D.C. The much welcomed announcement came Tuesday afternoon after Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell personally informed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),

Wow! Has this been about the coldest winter or what?  Although it has been really cold this winter, we have still managed to catch limits of nice Stripers on most days where the fishing continues to remain extremely strong!For the

What a difference a few days of nice weather can make. A friend of mine found good fishing in 48° clearwater back in the heads of the creeks Sunday. This is a sharp contrast from just a week ago. However,

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Tuesday to question the Obama administration’s efforts to protect an endangered Kentucky fish by keeping water levels lower than normal at Lake Cumberland, which would hurt recreation on the

Boaters may have to wait another year before Lake Cumberland is refilled to its level before an emergency draw-down seven years ago — and even then, the water level may not be exactly as it was. An endangered fish —

Currently, the lake level is right at 691.83 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 33 feet below the tree line. The tree line is normally at 725' above sea level.  With the repairs finished on the dam,

CUMBERLAND POINT, Ky. (AP) – A salvage company has pulled a water-logged airplane from the bottom of Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky. Divers Den owner Dean Littrell and a crew removed the two-seater plane in September, a first for his

FRANKFORT – While the federal government shutdown has temporarily closed several national parks in Kentucky, all Kentucky state parks and private attractions remain open for travelers' and vacationers' enjoyment. The national sites in Kentucky closed by the shutdown are Mammoth

As a former United States Air Force Airman – military veteran and as a current U.S. Merchant Marine Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Coxswain (Captain), I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women play

THIS IS MY 163RD EDITION OF MY LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT! It has been 2 weeks since my last report.   Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well! As a former United

Suspended by rappelling cables and ropes 200 feet in the air, Carl Leunig, and Adrian Kollias, civil engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District and two civilian contractors, Eddie Page and Chad Dahl, precisely lower themselves along

The annual drawdown of Lake Cumberland has begun and the target for Labor Day weekend is at or about 698 feet above sea level. That will be about 6 feet lower than the current level. After summer’s final holiday, the

If there was ever a time when your vote counted, it was in Tuesday’s special ballot election in Jamestown. Only 28 votes difference keeps the city of Jamestown “dry.” In what promised to be a hotly contest- ed fight to

SOMERSET, Ky. – The “PRIDE of the Cumberland,” a vessel operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District is hard at work keeping Lake Cumberland 101 miles of shorelines and waterways clean and free of logs, trash and

THIS IS MY 162nd EDITION OF MY LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT! It has been 3 weeks since my last report.   Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well! As a former United

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management staff is responding to the effects of unusually heavy rainfall in areas of the upper and mid-Cumberland River Basin July 1-7, 2013 and is managing the release of water from

SOMERSET, Ky. — Heavy rains have pushed the water level on Lake Cumberland higher than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants it for this summer. Reservoir Operations Manager Tom Hale told The Commonwealth-Journal ( the lake will reach 714

Officials says consider this your warning. Fish and Wildlife Officers will be out all weekend on Kentucky lakes and rivers as a part of a national effort to stop intoxicated boaters. WKYT was out at one of the boat docks

Currently, the lake level is right at 704.4 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 21 feet below the tree line. The tree line is normally at 725' above sea level.  With the repairs finished on the dam,

Grider Hill Resort Marina and StriperFun Guide Service are pleased to announce that Grider Hill Resort Marina is the new StriperFun Guide Service “Headquarters”. “We are so excited to be partnering with Captain Jim Durham and StriperFun Guide Service! As

Stewart urges residents to visit a place they've never been — in Ky. As summer travel season kicks into high gear, Kentucky's new tourism secretary wants you to think about staying close to home. "I would love to challenge every

FRANKFORT – The emergency trout regulations on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam will be eliminated June 15. The temporary regulations on Cumberland went into effect in September, 2009, in which anglers could keep an additional five rainbow trout

JAMESTOWN — The water is back up in Lake Cumberland. Now, businesses in lake country hope visitation will rise as well. This Memorial Day weekend is the first in seven years with the water level in the giant lake close

Joe Haunert of West Chester, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division event on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, Haunert earned $4,244 plus a $2,000 Ranger Cup

Repairs to Wolf Creek Dam are complete and the water level in Lake Cumberland is rising! This is great news for local residents as well as visitors who are planning their summer vacations in Kentucky. To celebrate the occasion, Clinton,

THIS IS MY 158th EDITION OF MY LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT! It has been 2 weeks since my last report.   Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well! As a former United

The completion of the nearly $600 million Wolf Creek Dam rehabilitation project was celebrated at a ceremony last Friday morning at the Russell County Schools' Auditorium. The event was originally supposed to have taken place at the dam site but

It's May and Kentuckians are celebrating the return of spring and beautiful weather in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky has much to be proud of, especially when it comes to natural beauty and the outdoors. When travelers from other parts of

PULASKI CO. Ky. (WKYT) – JD Hamilton is optimistic about the future for his business, Lee’s Ford Marina. “It’s the beginning of a recovery for us,” Hamilton said from his marina, in Pulaski County. 6 years ago a leak at

THIS IS MY 157th EDITION OF MY LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT! It has been 3 weeks since my last report.   Greetings to my readers! I hope the world finds you and your family doing well! As a former United

Girl’s Weekend Trip

When thinking of the perfect getaway for 13 women, all looking for fun, spending the weekend on a houseboat may not immediately spring to mind. Well, maybe for you it would, since you are a Houseboat magazine reader. But in

Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a series of meetings Tuesday afternoon during which the integrity of recently inserted permanent barrier wall in Wolf Creek Dam will be determined as well as performance of the mile-long structure

Currently, the lake level is right at 690.12 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 35 feet below the tree line. The tree line is normally at 725' above sea level.  With the repairs finished on the dam,

Currently, the lake level is right at 683.96 feet above sea level. The lake is now about 41 feet below the tree line. The tree line is normally at 725' above sea level.  With the repairs finished on the dam,

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: February 5th, 2013 • Latest water temperature: 41.7 ° F surface (Fishing Creek – Lee’s Ford) February 5th, 2013

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: January 20th, 2013 • Latest water temperature: 42.2 ° F surface (Fishing Creek – Lee’s Ford) January 19th, 2013

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is ahead of schedule on the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project and is now making plans to raise the water level in Lake Cumberland this

By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service As the alarm clock begins to chirp, I awake from my dream of a desperate fight with a 65 pound monster Striped bass!   The dream seems so real!  But as my thoughts

For most of us it’s probably safe to guess that quality family time ranks high on our lists, if not right at the top. Everyone feels he could use a bigger paycheck and of course good health is always a

The calendar has finally turned. This is 2013, the year rehabilitation of leaky Wolf Creek Dam is projected for completion.For seven long years, seven summers, seven vacation seasons, local businesses so dependent on tourist trade have persevered.   Lake Cumberland,

FRANKFORT, KY  – Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker announced today that Barry Barenfanger is the new manager at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown.   Barenfanger has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and parks. He

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District is considering limiting boat access on waters immediately above and below all power-generating dams on the Cumberland River, which would include Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland and Barkley Dam at Lake

Lake Cumberland Regional Airport survey confirms potential; 142,166 would use air services Somerset — Results of a regional survey of airline travelers announced Tuesday indicate a robust market in this Southern Kentucky area for commuter airline service at Lake Cumberland

JAMESTOWN, KY (9/29/12) – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park near Jamestown will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of its lodge during the weekend of Sept. 28-29.   A ceremony will be held at the lodge on Friday at

Why going at it alone can cost you It’s an understatement to say that to buy or sell a houseboat is to participate in a major transaction. Houseboats can be expensive, and the investment put forth in both time and

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says he understands the delays in repairs to a major dam on Lake Cumberland because it is a unique project. Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said there is plenty of money to complete the

It’s the kind of enthusiasm that radiates throughout the entire dock as those around him can sense it. There is a certain leadership characteristic about him that you can’t quite put your finger on, but at the same time you

As Jeff Murphy walked out of Main Street Deli Thursday afternoon, a case of Coors in hand, his thoughts were short and to the point. “I’m just really glad it’s here,” he said. The “it” in this case is legal

The Big Fast boats return to Lake Cumberland on Saturday, September 8th for the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run.  Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 Poker Runs in the country, the Lake Cumberland Poker Run attracts boats from

According to fisheries biologists, no matter how carefully it is done, a percentage of fish anglers catch and release with the best intentions still die within a few hours or days. The estimates vary from species to species, but the

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: August 30, 2012 AVERAGE LAKE CONDITIONS LAST 96 HOURS • Latest water temperature: 84.1 ° F surface (Fishing Creek)

Burnside, Ky. (WKYT) – It’s the calm before the storm at Lake Cumberland’s Burnside Marina. But the hope here is the ‘storm’ means a rush of boaters and business..and not wind and rain leftover from a hurricane. “With any holiday,

It may have been the same bear. Maybe not.   Anyway, two bear sightings a few days apart in the same general area cause one to wonder if we’re seeing double or maybe the bear population is increasing.   A

Lake Cumberland will return to normal operational levels in stages when the Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project is complete in December 2013.   The lake will be raised in increments and each stage will be monitored, said Don Getty, manager

OLIVE HILL, Ky. — The Kentucky Parks Department says three more state parks have been given the National Weather Service's "StormReady" designation. The state says a total of eight Kentucky parks have worked with the weather service to prepare for

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: August 8, 2012 LAKE CONDITIONS • Latest water temperature: 78.8 ° F surface (Fishing Creek) August 8th, 2012 •