Fishing and Much More at Kentucky Lake
Our fishing business and writing about fishing has allowed us the opportunity and the satisfaction of sharing what we have learned about fishing, the opportunities and experiences with lots of fellow anglers.
We had the opportunity to visit a premier vacation spot last month as we were invited by the Aurora/Jonathan Creek group to attend an outdoor writers/broadcasters visit at Kentucky Lake. I will try to give you a brief rundown of our exciting visit to this friendly community at the Western Gateway to Land Between The Lakes that is less than 6 hours from Peoria, IL.
We got excited on our way down and as we came into Aurora crossing the bridge over Jonathan Creek seeing the lake and nearing our place of stay. Located just south of the Jonathan Creek arm (a known crappie hot-spot) is the High Ridge Resort & Development owned and operated by Jack & Jan Faust where we were set to stay for this event. This beautiful and well-kept development has spacious lots, attractive homes, with a lot of very cordial folks. It was so peaceful and quiet where each morning we enjoyed coffee relaxing outside while watching deer, turkey and other wildlife. With their 35+ years of experience of the area and fishing this lake, made for some great conversation not to mention sharing some interesting hot-spots. Their love for the area and we can see how it would be an easy choice to settle here. Check them out at www.highridge-resort.com or call 1-800-684-8989, and maybe you can get your own little piece of heaven, you will not be disappointed.
Our first evening began with the hospitality of the Hitching Post for our meet & greet soda tasting that was fun and interesting. We had the privilege of enjoying breakfast at Kaylee’s Farmhouse Restaurant and Marquita’s, lunch at the unique barge on the lake at Ken Lake Marina and dinner at Willow Pond and a specialty dinner at the Brass Lantern, all with consistently good food. We stayed over another evening to wrap up with dinner at KenLake State Resort Park Lodge where we enjoyed the beautiful view of the lake from our table and got to meet with Head Chef Tobiah Johnson (Toby) who mentioned they have buffets on weekends.
Our second day included a guided fishing trip and I fished with Cap'n Bly using the boat launch facilities and marina at KenLake State Park that is centrally located on the lake. Known for crappie this lake is a great bass fishery too which Cap'n Bly proved putting us on some nice Bass. As we started out the sun was peeking through and I could not help but reflect on the endless fishing prospects as well as boating along with all outdoor recreation this lake provides. The day of fishing and Bass catching with his great gear and equipment was impressive and exciting to fish with someone who knows this lake so well.
After lunch Tammy Nanney from KenLake State Resort Park gave us a van tour of this Awesome park or complex with so many amenities that host many compelling events like the July 4th fireworks on the lake, Hot August Blues Fest in mid Oct. and the Eagle viewing tours and cruises in January, that we are hoping to take in this January. For more info visit www.parks.ky.gov Then John Rufli of the "Freinds of LBL" took over for our informative drive through of the Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area with 170,000 acres of forest and open lands that offers trails for hiking, biking horseback, off-road vehicles as well as camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, wildlife watching, educational programs or just to relax and picnic. It was a little disappointing that due to the federal government shutdown at that time; many areas were Closed including the 750 acre high fenced prairie impoundment with Elk and Bison but we did manage to view some Bison from a distance. In fact, this is a must see or must do area for all and every outdoor activity. For complete info call 1-800-LBL-7077 or visiting www.lbl.org for added events such as the Hummingbird Festival.
One of the newest and very interesting attractions in Aurora is the Silver Trail Distillery Museum about moonshine from the 1950s to today. What makes this very interesting for us was that I won the drawing for the jug of LBL “1950’s Style” Moonshine from the Silver Trail Distillery donated and autographed by the owner Spencer Balentine. We visited the licensed distillery at edge of town and learned from Spencer he is still using the authentic recipe from the 1950s his family created while living on the land that is now LBL that has won him the Sip Award / Moonshine category 2012 & 2013. It was so amazing to hear his stories of the illegal days his dad ran shine up to difficulties of becoming a legal business. In fact, Spencer appeared on an episode of “Moonshiners” on Discovery Channel this year. Seeing the still working made me think of how this will boost jobs and tourism in this area.
Even with the focus on fishing, there is so much more to do in this recreational paradise including the beautiful countryside along with the fact Rand McNally had rated this Marshall County area a number one retirement area in the nation.
For Aurora area has lots of good restaurants and other great businesses along with some fun events such as the Aurora Fall Festival.
If you are looking for a great getaway, very affordable, a chance to enjoy super fishing or breathtaking fall colors, we highly recommend you visit the Aurora area, we could truly see ourselves living here. Big Thanks to Mary Lou along with all the others that helped put on this great event. And if you have any Questions, feel free to contact us.
Till Next Time GOD BLESS & GOOD FISHING !