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Kentucky Fishing Lake

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.

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.

Major Kentucky Lakes

Kentucky major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Kentucky, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Kentucky, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Kentucky Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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

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

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

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

Herrington Lake is a 3,500-acre lake in the central part of the state, between Burgin and Bryantsville, KY.

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

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

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

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

Nolin River Lake is a 14,500-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, between Bee Spring Cub Run, KY.

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

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

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

State of KY Fishing Information

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources 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.

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Fish for big bass in Kentucky

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

Fish Species in Kentucky

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

Fishing for catfish in Kentucky

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

KY State Record: 97 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 104 lbs 0 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for crappie in Kentucky

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

KY State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz*

Fishing for walleye in Kentucky

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 21 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for trout in Kentucky

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

KY State Record: 14 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

KY State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

KY State Record: 21 lbs 0 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 5 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for panfish in Kentucky

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

KY State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

KY State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

KY State Record: 0 lbs 13.3 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

KY State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

KY State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

KY State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

KY State Record: 1 lbs 6.2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

KY State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

KY State Record: 1 lbs 6.4 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

KY State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Kentucky

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

KY State Record: 58 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for other species in Kentucky

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

KY State Record: 15 lbs 1 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

KY State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

KY State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

KY State Record: 47 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

KY State Record: 10 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

KY State Record: 106 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

KY State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

KY State Record: 6 lbs 8 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

KY State Record: 19 lbs 9 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.