Morehead’s Cave Run Lake: A Fisherman’s Paradise

Anglers from across the nation come to Cave Run Lake in Morehead, Kentucky, known as the “Muskie Capital of the South.”

Cave Run Lake

Fishermen here know the thrill of filling their nets with trophy muskie, one of the largest freshwater fish. In fact, the Kentucky state record muskie was caught at Cave Run Lake in 2008, weighing in at 47 pounds and measuring 54 inches. Muskie season traditionally starts in March, when the fish begin to spawn, and continues through fall. 

Cave Run Lake is also perfect for anglers looking for variety in their catch, as muskie aren’t the only fish swimming in this lake. More than 150 different species have been found here, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and catfish.

Kayaking on Cave Run Lake

Whether you are casting from the shoreline or renting a boat for the day, chances are you’ll reel in some brag-worthy keepers. Cave Run Lake also offers easy access with 12 boat ramps, two full-service marinas and a variety of boat rental options.

Get Schooled at a Fish Hatchery  

The Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery is one of the largest freshwater fish hatcheries in the nation, making it a must-see for anglers visiting the Cave Run Lake area. There are more than 100 ponds located at the hatchery, and a variety of warm water game fish are raised here.  

Visit during the summer months to view different species of fish in a large outdoor tank. Group and school tours can be scheduled in advance, and there is always something new to see and learn. 

The hatchery grounds are open year-round during daylight hours. Indoor tours are available from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the summer months.

Take a Guided Fishing Excursion

Make your fishing dreams come true by investing in a guided fishing trip. There are several guide services available, all offering extensive knowledge of the lake and resources to help every type of fisherman.

Boating on Cave Run Lake

For more information, check out Cave Run Lake Guide Service, Crash’s Landing Guide Service or Gregg Thomas Guide Service.

Cave Run Lake Marina

Limitless Lakeside Adventures

Not into fishing? Not a problem! You can still spend your days here immersed in the area’s natural beauty. 

Lone Kayaker on Cave Run Lake at sunset

The surrounding lush forest hiking and biking trails provide a great escape and lots of breathing space. On the water, the lake itself offers pontoon and houseboat rentals, Jet-Skis, water tubing and plenty of places to dig your toes in the sand.

Group biking next to Cave Run Lake

Sleep Well at Night

After a day on the lake, lodging options abound throughout Rowan County’s area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Settle into a hotel with all the amenities, nestle inside a cozy cabin, or set up an RV or tent campsite to sleep under the stars.

Houseboats on Cave Run Lake

Combined with the adjoining Licking River, Cave Run Lake provides year-round opportunities for recreation, camping, parks and trails. See why there’s #More2Morehead at www.visitmorehead.com!