Fishing in Kentucky

Kentucky offers great fishing opportunities for anglers with more than 62,000 miles of fishable streams and 40 public lakes. Purchase your fishing license today.

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Top Fishing Spots in Kentucky

Lake Cumberland
Lake Cumberland has great family-friendly amenities and an abundance of largemouth bass, white and Kentucky bass, bluegill, crappie, rockfish and walleye.
Lake Cumberland
Family-friendly and great for bass, crappie and sauger fishing — plus boating.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
On top of great bass, walleye and crappie fishing, the outdoor pool, playgrounds, and marina make Barren River a hit with families.
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Common Catches in Kentucky

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S. Learn more about how you can identify a largemouth bass, where to catch it and what bait and lures to use.
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
The smallmouth bass is the second largest member of the sunfish family attaining a weight of almost 12 lb.
Common Carp
Common Carp
The common carp is a prolific survivor, and able to tolerate many conditions and bottom types, making it an ideal species for pond culture.
Brook Trout
Brook Trout
The brook trout is one of the most popular game fishes in northeastern North America.
Blue Catfish
Blue Catfish
This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae, reported to grow to 120 lb. (54 kg).
Black Crappie
Black Crappie
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family. Black crappies can be found in large ponds and shallow areas of lakes.

Kentucky Fishing Tips And Information

How to Fly Fish: A Beginner's Guide

How to Fly Fish

This unique entry among fishing methods is easy to learn. Learn how to start fly fishing.

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River Fishing Tips & Techniques

River Fishing

Get fishing tips, techniques and more to enjoy the best freshwater fishing in rivers.

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Lakes & Ponds for Freshwater Fishing

Lake & Pond Structures

Learn the importance of structures for the best freshwater fishing in lakes and ponds.

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