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Fishing At Lake Barkley

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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, paddlefish and sauger at Lake Barkley in Kentucky.
Lake Barkley, KY

With over 1,000 miles of shoreline and 58,000 surface acres, Lake Barkley is considered one of the best fishing lakes in Kentucky. This reservoir, along with Kentucky Lake which is considered a sister lake, is located in the southwest corner of KY, split by the northern border of TN and the southern border of KY. Ninety percent of the lake is in the state of Kentucky. There are several marinas within KY and numerous places offering boat rentals on the lake. Angler-friendly lodging, campgrounds and RV parks are located strategically around the lake. Restaurants, bait and tackle, and convenience stores are all available at the lake or nearby. Barkley Lake has a long-standing reputation as an excellent fishery, especially bass fishing. Along with its sister lake, Kentucky Lake, it is included on everyone's top-ten, best bass lakes in the southeast. This is also an excellent crappie lake, maybe even one of the best in the country. Catfish, white bass, stripers, sunfish, paddlefish, walleye and sauger also roam these waters in bragging size schools. Pontoon boats, houseboats, power boats, family boats, fishing boats, kayaks and canoes can be rented at the lake.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Barkley

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Paddlefish Sauger

Lake Barkley Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Energy Lake Campground - 270 924-2270

Kamptown RV Resort - 270 522-7976

Kentucky Lakes-Prizer Point KOA Campground - 270 522-3762

Dryden Bay Campground & Cabin - 270 388-0289

Cravens Bay Campground - 270 924-2000

Indian Point RV Park - 270 388-2730

Eureka Recreation Area Campground - 270 388-9459

Murphy's RV Park - 270 388-4752

Lake Barkley KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Barkley Lake
Lake Barkley Marina
4200 State Park Rd
Cadiz, KY 42211
270 924-6081

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Lake Barkley in Kentucky.

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Lake Barkley, in southwest KY, offers anglers the chance to fish for three kinds of bass plus catfish, white bass, stripers, sunfish, paddlefish, walleye, sauger and more.

Fishing on Lake Barkley.