Fishing At Lake Cumberland
AKA: Cumberland Reservoir
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and striped bass at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
A favorite of local striped bass anglers, Lake Cumberland is a 63,000-acre haven for big stripers. This sprawling reservoir is located in the south-central part of the state, between Jamestown and Monticello. This is the only lake KDFWR stocks with striped bass. Anglers chasing striped bass should concentrate deep, focusing on deep structure - humps, ledges, flats and creek and river channels. Often schools of stripers will also suspend below a school of baitfish. During warmer months they may chase these bait schools all the way to the surface, creating excellent topwater action. In addition to stripers the lake has resident populations of bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass. Most of these species tend to stay shallower than the striped bass, and in varying ways, stay more closely related to the 1,250 miles of shoreline that wraps Cumberland Lake. There are more than 50 boat launch ramps for launching larger boats including pleasure boats, power boats, ski boats, pontoons and all types of fishing boats. There are numerous additional locations for portage of canoes and kayaks. At many of these same places, plus some additional areas, there is access to the shoreline for fishing from the bank. Multiple marinas, numerous restaurants, camping, lodging and stores are all convenient to enhance your fishing trip or vacation.
Primary fish species residing in Lake Cumberland
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Lake Cumberland Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Russell Springs KOA Journey Campground - 270 866-5616
Lake Cumberland Camping Campground - 606 348-5200
Fall Creek Campground - 606 348-6042
Waitsboro Campground - 606 561-5513
Fishing Creek Campground - 606 679-5174
Pulaski County Campground & Boat Ramp - 606 636-6450
Somerset KY RV Park - 606 219-3290
Shoreline RV Park - 606 271-6711
Lake Cumberland State Park Campground - 270 343-3111
Kendall Campground - 270 343-4660
Cumberland Point Campground - 606 271-3923
Pine Crest RV Park - 270 866-5615
Lake Cumberland KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Lake Cumberland State Dock
6365 State Park Rd
Jamestown, KY 42629
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Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
General Fishing Info
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Lake Cumberland, in south-central KY offers anglers the chance to fish for big stripers as well as bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass.