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Kentucky Bass Fishing

All about fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass in Kentucky.

Bass Fishing Lakes In Kentucky

Finding bass in Kentucky is not difficult. Private ponds, small lakes, rivers and large impoundments have bass. The larger populations of bass tend to be found in major lakes including Barren River Lake, Cave Run Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Green River Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake and Yatesville Lake.

Fishing for bass In Kentucky

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

KY State Record: 13 lbs 10.4 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

KY State Record: 11 lbs 15 oz*

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

KY State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

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Bass fishing in Kentucky

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Kentucky.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Bluegrass State.

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Catch big bass in Kentucky!

The Kentucky state record for largemouth bass was caught out of Wood Creek Lake and the state record smallmouth bass came from none other than Dale Hollow Lake. Nelson County was home to the state record spotted bass.

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Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Kentucky bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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