FISHING IN KENTUCKY

Kentucky offers great opportunities and access for anglers. Cast a lure for smallmouth bass among the limestone bluffs and shoreline forests of Lake Cumberland. Catch bragging sized crappie from the state’s nationally ranked Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Test your fishing tackle on a hefty blue catfish in the Ohio River. Or downsize your gear and flick a tiny fly for trout in a pristine mountain stream.



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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.

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.

CAVE RUN LAKE

Known as the "Muskie Fishing Capitol of the South." Towns in the area are Frenchburg and Morehead.


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COMMON CATCHES IN KENTUCKY



LARGEMOUTH BASS

LARGEMOUTH BASS

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The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish.

GEAR TO USE
Rod 6.5 foot medium or medium-heavy action graphite spinning rod
Reel Spinning reel
Line 8-pound test monofilament fishing line
Lure Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits, Frog & Toad Fishing Baits, Soft Plastic Baits, Topwater Fishing Baits


SMALLMOUTH BASS

SMALLMOUTH BASS

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There is no doubt that the smallmouth bass rivals the largemouth in popularity.

GEAR TO USE
Rod 6-7.5 foot rod built for light line
Reel Spinning reel
Line 8-pound test monofilament fishing line
Lure Jerkbaits, Crankbaits, Jigs, Spinnerbait, Hook and a Worm (the best)


BLACK CRAPPIE

BLACK CRAPPIE

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Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family.

GEAR TO USE
Rod Ultralight spinning or spincast combos
Reel Spinning reel
Line 4-10 pound test monofilament fishing line
Lure Fishing Hooks, Jigs (various colors and weights), Spoons, Mini-Crankbaits (use bobbers or floats as well)


BLUE CATFISH

BLUE CATFISH

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This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae, reported to grow to 120 lb. (54 kg).

GEAR TO USE
Rod 6-7-foot, medium-heavy spinning rod
Reel Spinning reel
Line 14-pound or stronger abrasion-resistant monofilament line
Lure Terminal tackle (circle or bait hooks, treble hooks, egg sinkers), live worms or minnows, cut-bait


BROOK TROUT

BROOK TROUT

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The brook trout is one of the most popular game fishes in northeastern North America.

GEAR TO USE
Rod 4-5 foot light weight flexible spinning or spin-cast rod
Reel Spin-casting or spinning reel
Line 6 pound test monofilament fishing line
Lure Gold or Silver Spoons (not longer than 2 inches), Night Crawlers, Minnow-like-spinner, Jig


COMMON CARP

COMMON CARP

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The common carp is able to tolerate many conditions and bottom types, making it an ideal species for pond culture.

GEAR TO USE
Rod 9-12 foot medium action spinning rod
Reel 40's, 50's, or 60's spinning reel
Line 20-30 pound test superbraid line in water with light rocks, 50-65 pound monofilament or superbraid line in rocky waters
Lure #4 Sized Hook, Sweet Corn, Small Plastic Grub or Worm

TYPES OF FISHING IN KENTUCKY



FLY FISHING

FLY FISHING

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn.



streams and rivers

STREAMS & RIVERS

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



lakes and ponds

LAKES & PONDS

Learn about the structures in lakes and ponds. Learn where to find fish, tips and more.

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