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Best Kentucky Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in KY.

Cave Run Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Green River Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Taylorsville Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Kentucky, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Barren River Lake, KY
  • Cave Run Lake, KY
  • Dale Hollow Lake, KY
  • Green River Lake, KY
  • Herrington Lake, KY
  • Kentucky Lake, KY
  • Lake Barkley, KY
  • Lake Cumberland, KY
  • Laurel River Lake, KY
  • Taylorsville Lake, KY
Best Bass Lakes

Barren River Lake, Cave Run Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Taylorsville Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Green River Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Taylorsville Lake are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Barren River Lake, Cave Run Lake, Green River Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Taylorsville Lake are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Dale Hollow Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Taylorsville Lake are the most popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Dale Hollow Lake, Green River Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Laurel River Lake are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Dale Hollow Lake, Laurel River Lake, Kentucky Lake and Wood Creek Lake are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Top Striper Lakes

Barren River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Taylorsville Lake are the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Kentucky fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Kentucky map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in KY at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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