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Kentucky Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in Kentucky lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in Kentucky

KY Trout Fishing Waters

Dale Hollow Lake, Laurel River Lake, Paintsville Lake and Wood Creek Lake are the large lakes in Kentucky with a healthy population of trout. The state record rainbow trout and brown trout were caught from Cumberland River in the Lake Cumberland tailwaters. The Cumberland River also yielded the state record lake trout. Martins Fork served up the state record brook trout.

Visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife for specific information about trout stocking in Kentucky.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Kentucky Record Trout

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

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Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Kentucky waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best trout fishing in Kentucky!