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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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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
Paintsville Lake
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre Paintsville Lake, 32 developed and 10 primitive sites, RV sites, fishing for numerous species, horseback riding available on one of the forest fire access roads but...
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre lake, 57 miles of shoreline, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback on forest access roads, hiking at state park
Jackson, KY
75 acre lake, fishing good for bass & panfish, boat ramp, canoeing, trail surrounding part of shoreline
Louisville, KY
4 parks in the system: Beckley, Pope Lick, Turkey Run & Broad Run, Parklands will be integral component of the Louisville Loop, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, gardens and ...
Madisonville, KY
45, 732 acres, $15 user permit required to enter the area for any recreational activity, separated into various tracts, some areas contain refuges and are closed seasonally, s...
Glasgow, KY
Full service marina, pontoon rentals, deck boat rentals, slip rentals, boat launch ramp
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