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  • Barren River Lake, KY
  • Buckhorn Lake, KY
  • Cave Run Lake, KY
  • Dale Hollow Lake, KY
  • Dewey Lake, KY
  • Fishtrap Lake, KY
  • Grayson Lake, KY
  • Green River Lake, KY
  • Herrington Lake, KY
  • Kentucky Lake, KY
  • Lake Barkley, KY
  • Lake Cumberland, KY
  • Laurel River Lake, KY
  • Nolin River Lake, KY
  • Paintsville Lake, KY
  • Rough River Lake, KY
  • Taylorsville Lake, KY
  • Yatesville Lake, KY

The state of Kentucky offers plenty of fishing for bass, crappie, stripers, catfish and more. Trout fishing is somewhat limited, see Kentucky trout fishing details here. There is fishing water everywhere in Kentucky with too many lakes, ponds and streams to cover them all. We concentrate on the major Kentucky lakes in this site. Many of these lakes offer fishing boats for rent.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish,redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Kentucky

Major Kentucky Lakes

Kentucky major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in KY, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Barren River Lake is a 10,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 4 miles southwest of Glasgow.

Buckhorn Lake is a 1,230-acre lake in the east-central part of Kentucky, at the town of Buckhorn.

Carr Creek Lake is a 710-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 10 miles east of Hazard.

Cave Run Lake is an 8,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, immediately southeast of Farmers.

Cedar Creek Lake is a 784-acre lake in central Kentucky, 20 miles southeast of Danville.

Dale Hollow Lake is a 28,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, on the TN-KY border, 5 miles southwest of Albany.

Dewey Lake is an 1,100-acre lake in eastern Kentucky, 10 miles southeast of Staffordsville.

Fishtrap Lake is a 1,130-acre lake in the eastern corner of Kentucky, 10 miles southeast of Pikeville.

Grayson Lake is a 1,500-acre reservoir in the northeast corner of Kentucky, 8 miles south of Grayson.

Green River Lake is an 8,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles south of Campbellsville.

Guist Creek Lake is a 317-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles east of Shelbyville.

Herrington Lake is a 2,300-acre lake in the central part of the state, between Burgin and Bryantsville.

Kentucky Lake is a 160,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Grand Rivers.

Lake Barkley is a 58,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Grand Rivers.

Lake Beshear is a 760-acre lake in the western part of the state, 2 miles south of Dawson Springs.

Lake Cumberland is a 63,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, between Jamestown and Monticello.

Lake Linville is a 350-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles north of Mt Vernon.

Lake Malone is a 788-acre lake in west-central Kentucky, 2 miles west of Dunmor.

Laurel River Lake is a 6,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 2 miles west of Corbin.

Martins Fork Lake is a 340-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, 3 miles southwest of Cawood.

Nolin River Lake is a 5,800-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, between Bee Spring Cub Run.

Paintsville Lake is a 1,140-acre lake in northeast Kentucky, 3 miles northwest of Staffordsville

Rough River Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Falls Of Rough.

Taylorsville Lake is a 3,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Taylorsville.

Wood Creek Lake is a 672-acre lake in southeast Kentucky, 8 miles northwest of Pittsburg.

Yatesville Lake is a 2,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Adams.

Fish Species & State Records in Kentucky

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 9.5 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

State Record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

Redeye Bass

Coosa/Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 1.21 lbs

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 32.0 lbs

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 97.0 lbs

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 106.9 lbs

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5.27 lbs

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 21 lbs 8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 8.8 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 3.65 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 21.0 lbs

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 5 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 9.44 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 13.28 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 0.88 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 6.2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 6.4 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Stripers

Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 58 lbs 4 oz

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striper (Wiper)

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 20 lbs 8 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 15.08 lbs

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 47 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 10.53 lbs

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 106 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 9 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

State of KY Fishing Information

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife ResoKentucky Fishing Lakeurces website is packed with information about fishing in Kentucky. Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Kentucky and other boating information.

Visit here to obtain a Kentucky Fishing License.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing is available to anglers of all skill levels.

 

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