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 great streams and creeks, there are plenty of 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. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to add Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) Lakes throughout Kentucky to help bring better fishing to more people.  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 some prime Kentucky lake fishing or want to try your luck on a trout stream, all you need is to get your license and decide where to fish first – find a full list of places to fish in Kentucky here.


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Frankfort, KY
3.66 miles of hiking trails, indoor & outdoor educational exhibits, numerous wildlife & fish species on display, picnic shelters
Albany, KY
Lake Cumberland, Striper guide out of Grider Hill
Lewisburg, KY
Lodge, cattage rental, boat rental, launch ramp
Harrodsburg, KY
3,000 acres, 40 miles of multi use trails, canoe and kayak access at Shaker Landing - must bring your own boat, bird and wildflower observation stations, Stables have 20 fully...
Jamestown, KY
Lale Cumberland, fishing guide for Striper, Trout, Walleye & bass, campground, 14 RV sites, full hook ups, hunting cabin rentals, deer & turkey hunting available
Middlesboro, KY
2,535 acres, 4x4 may be required to reach WMA, rugged terrain, steep, old-growth forests, ends at Hensley Settlement
Henderson, KY
10,998 acres, multiple tracts, mostly wetland, Sauerheber Wildlife Refuge, wildlife observation platforms, special hunting regulations
Smith, KY
Recreation area with primitive camping, bank fishing, boat ramp, located near trailhead of Shadow Trail
Campbellsville, KY
80 campsites, primitive and developed, boat ramp, fishing areas, marina with gas located nearby, access to hiking trails
Somerset, KY
Lake Cumberland, Striper Guide
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