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 State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park offers fishing for stocked striped bass, lake sturgeon, rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout.
Taylorsville Lake State Park
The park boasts two bathhouses, playgrounds, camping and a full-service marina with rentals.
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.
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
There is no doubt that the smallmouth bass rivals the largemouth in popularity.
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.

Types of Fishing in Kentucky

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn. Learn how to start fly fishing today.

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Streams & Rivers

Streams & Rivers

River & stream fishing means knowing where the water is moving, and how fish behave in it.

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Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds are great places for fish to live. Learn where to find fish, tips and more

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