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Find the best places to fish in Kentucky

Kentucky is an angler's paradise. From two of the largest man-made lakes in the country, Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, to accessible streams and creeks, there are plenty of great places to wet a line in Kentucky. Lake fishing and river fishing in the Bluegrass State offer up a wide variety of species for anglers to pursue. Giant blue cats in the Ohio, trophy bass and crappie and even the Muskie Capital of the South, all await the eager fisherman in Kentucky's vast waterways. Whether you’re planning on a Kentucky lake fishing adventure or want to try your luck on a trout stream or creek, all you need is to get your license and decide which area to fish first – find a full list of places to fish in Kentucky below. Enterprising anglers can hire a guide from our list of Kentucky Outfitters and Guides for the latest fishing reports and tips on the best secret spots.

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Eddyville, KY
Guided bowfishing trips on TN River, Cumberland River, KY & Barkley Lakes, trips fully outfitted
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade, KY
19 miles of trails, 60 acre lake for paddling & fishing, lodge, tent & RV campgrounds, Natural Bridge sandstone arch, skylift, paddling on nearby Red River, located in the Red...
Mammoth Cave, KY
333 acre park, 5,795 acre Nolin Lake, boat ramp, hiking trail, 30 campsites, 32 RV sites, 1.5 mile park trail, 6 mile Brier Creek Hiking/Mountain Bike Trail connects to park.
Clarkson, KY
Bed & Breakfast, cabin rental, hunting packages, fishing on Nolin River
Leitchfield, KY
6,456 acres, boating & fishing access, some isolated hunting access,
Whitley City, KY
16 miles total, upstream of Cumberland Falls to Redbird boat ramp on KY 478, good smallmouth bass fishing, some rapids and shoals, 11 & 5 mile float options, shuttles and serv...
3,300 acres over 22 islands in Ohio River, address and contact info is for NWR office in W.V., 2 islands are in Kentucky, all are accessible by boat, open to hunting and fishi...
Smithland, KY
1,264 acres, spread over three main islands, wetland Islands, waterfowl refuge, fishing in Ohio River
Kuttawa, KY
2 group sites, boat ramp, .5 mile Anderson Woodland Trail
Mountain Trail Bike Riders enjoy one of the many views at Otter Creek.
Brandenburg, KY
2,221 acres, public hunting, 24 miles of trails for hiking, 12 miles of biking & 12 miles of horse trails, gun & archery range, fishing in Otter Creek, camping
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