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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid striped bass and sauger at Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

Dale Hollow Lake, KY

Home of the world-record smallmouth bass, Dale Hollow Lake is a 28,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, on the TN-KY border, 5 miles southwest of Albany, KY. Anglers will be happy to find 650 miles of shoreline and half a dozen or more places to launch a boat, canoe or kayak.

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Dale Hollow Lake, nestled on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee, is renowned for its exceptional fishing, picturesque beauty, and recreational opportunities. This expansive reservoir is a haven for anglers, boaters, and campers seeking a memorable outdoor experience.

Fishing at Dale Hollow Lake is a highlight for visitors. The lake is renowned for its trophy-sized smallmouth bass, making it a dream destination for bass fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can also target other popular fish species such as largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and walleye. Smallmouth bass are particularly abundant, with the lake consistently producing impressive catches. The rocky shorelines, submerged structures, and deep channels of Dale Hollow Lake provide ideal habitats for these hard-fighting fish. Whether you're casting from a boat or fishing from the shoreline, Dale Hollow Lake offers endless opportunities for exciting and rewarding fishing adventures.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, situated on the lake's eastern shore, offers comfortable accommodations, including lodge rooms and cabins. The park provides additional recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, and golfing, ensuring visitors have a full range of options to enjoy during their stay.

Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky offers an unmatched combination of exceptional fishing, breathtaking beauty, and recreational opportunities. Its reputation as a smallmouth bass fishing paradise, coupled with its clear waters and natural splendor, attracts outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether you're angling for trophy bass, exploring the lake by boat, or relaxing at a lakeside campsite, Dale Hollow Lake promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Kentucky's scenic wonders.

Dale Hollow Lake is annually included in the Bassmaster Top 100 bass lakes in the USA. Stripers, sunfish, crappie, catfish, trout, walleye, muskie, paddlefish and other species of fish swim these nutrient-rich waters as well. Fishing from a boat is the preferable way to fish Dale Hollow Reservoir. However, there are numerous places around the lake where bank fishing is accessible. Points, creek channels, ledges, humps and islands throughout the impoundment provide great habitat for fish and baitfish. As a general rule, fish shallow in spring and fall, deeper in summer and winter. Rental boats at the lake include small fishing boats, to family pleasure boats, to pontoon boats, to large sailboats and houseboats.

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Primary fish species residing in Dale Hollow Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Redear Sunfish Hybrid Striped Bass Sauger

Dale Hollow Lake 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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Boating is a favorite activity on Dale Hollow Lake, thanks to its crystal-clear waters and scenic beauty. Boaters can explore the lake's countless coves, islands, and scenic shorelines, enjoying the breathtaking views and tranquil surroundings. Whether you're cruising along the surface, water skiing, or simply anchoring in a secluded cove, Dale Hollow Lake offers an idyllic setting for boating enthusiasts. The lake provides multiple boat ramps and marinas, ensuring convenient access to the water for visitors.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Hendricks Creek Resort
Rentals: Fishing boats, jon boats and pontoon boats
270 433-7172

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dale Hollow State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Marina Road, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Sulphur Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Sulphur Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Wolf River Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, off Wolf River Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Safe Harbor Wisdom Dock
7613 Wisdom Dock Rd
Albany, KY 42602
606 387-5821

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Camping at Dale Hollow Lake is a popular choice for those seeking a serene and impressive experience in nature. The lake offers a range of campgrounds and RV parks that cater to various camping preferences. From primitive campsites to fully equipped RV hookups, campers can find the perfect spot to relax and unwind. The campgrounds often feature amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and nature trails, allowing visitors to make the most of their time at Dale Hollow Lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Dale Hollow State Park Campground - 270 433-6600

Down Yonder RV Park - 317 502-6999

Dale Hollow Dam Campground - 931 243-3554

Dale Hollow Lake KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Dale Hollow Lake
Dale Hollow State Park Marina
1226 Marine Rd
Burkesville, KY 42717
270 433-6600


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