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Herrington Lake, KY

Popular Fish Species Herrington Lake, KY

Herrington Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are not only thriving, but the quality and size is very appealing to local and tournament anglers at Herrington Lake. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in reasonably good numbers, and fishing for all three species is popular.

Herrington Lake Popular Fish - Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass Fishing

Hybrid striped bass, also known as wipers, are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Herrington Lake, as they are plentiful and grow to bragging size. They were introduced into the lake years ago to enhance the fishing experience of anglers on the water. Fishing for hybrid stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and schools of hybrid striped bass is likely to be in the area. Fish finders improve your odds of locating both bait and wipers. Live bait is very very effective here, and these chubby fish can be caught year round.

Herrington Lake Popular Fish - White Bass

White Bass Fishing

After several very successful spawn years, white bass are flourishing in Herrington Lake and anglers should expect some great fishing this year. White bass are aggressive, hard-fighting and just plain fun to catch. When fishing for white bass, the average fish is typically in the one- to two-pound range. These schooling fish tend to roam around the lake looking for ideal water conditions and baitfish. Look for them to generally be in 15 to 35 feet of water, whether they are hovering around the bottom or swimming in open water. Fish finders are the best way to locate big schools of white bass. In spring, once the water temperature rises into the mid sixties, they move shallow into the backs of coves and creek channels to spawn. At this time anglers can fish from shore and often do quite well. Use lures that imitate baitfish, including crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and spoons.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Herrington Lake in Kentucky.

For boating and fishing, Herrington Lake in central Kentucky is a popular choice. 325 miles of shoreline surround this 2,300-acre lake, located between Burgin and Bryantsville, KY.

Herrington Lake, located in central Kentucky, is a gem for fishing enthusiasts, boaters, and campers seeking a serene and picturesque outdoor experience. This beautiful reservoir offers abundant opportunities for recreational activities and is surrounded by scenic landscapes.

Fishing at Herrington Lake is a popular pastime, attracting anglers in search of various fish species. The lake is known for its populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. Anglers can cast their lines from the shoreline or venture out onto the calm waters in boats to target their desired species. Herrington Lake's diverse fishery ensures that anglers of all skill levels have the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding day of fishing.

Herrington Lake's surrounding landscape adds to the charm of the area. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills, lush forests, and picturesque vistas, making it an inviting destination for nature lovers. Visitors can explore nearby hiking trails, observe wildlife, or simply unwind in the tranquil atmosphere.

Whether you're casting a line, exploring the lake by boat, or spending a night under the stars at a campsite, Herrington Lake offers a serene and scenic escape in the heart of Kentucky. Its diverse fish populations, calm waters, and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for fishing, boating, and camping adventures. So pack your fishing gear, launch your boat, or set up camp near the lakeshore, and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Herrington Lake.

More than a dozen boat launch ramps and several marinas provide public access to this inviting body of water. One of the main draws here is an excellent variety of fish species. Three kinds of black bass, two kinds of catfish, two species of crappie, white bass and hybrid stripers all reside here in healthy numbers. Rental boats offered include pontoon boats, jon boats, kayaks and paddle boats.

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Primary fish species residing in Herrington Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Herrington 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 on Herrington Lake is a favorite activity, as the lake's crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings create an ideal setting for leisurely cruises and water-based adventures. Boaters can explore the lake's numerous coves, take in the breathtaking scenery, and enjoy the tranquility of the area. Whether you're paddling a kayak, sailing a sailboat, or cruising in a powerboat, Herrington Lake provides a perfect opportunity for boating enthusiasts to enjoy their time on the water. The lake offers boat ramps for easy access, allowing boaters to make the most of their boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Chimney Rock Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats

Herrington Lake Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
859 548-2282

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bryant's Camp Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Bryant's Camp Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Coffey's Cove Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Taylor Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Gwinn Island Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Gwinn Island Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Kennedy Camp Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Kennedy Bridge Road, this is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.


Chimney Rock Marina
250 Chimney Rock Rd
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
859 748-7625

Herrington Lake Marina
136 Homestead Ln
Lancaster, KY 40444
859 548-2282

Fishing Guides On Herrington Lake

Cook’s Guide Service - hybrid striped bass

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Kentucky Fishing License.

Camping at Herrington Lake offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The lake provides campgrounds and RV parks that cater to different camping preferences, including tent sites and full RV hookups. Campers can relax amidst the peaceful ambiance, enjoy campfire evenings, and take advantage of amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and playgrounds. The campgrounds at Herrington Lake provide a great setting for families and outdoor enthusiasts to create lasting memories.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pioneer Playhouse Campground - 859 236-2747

Chimney Rock RV Park - 859 748-5252

Camp Nelson RV Park - 859 548-2113

Herrington Lake KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Herrington Lake
Herrington Lake Marina
136 Homestead Ln
Lancaster, KY 40444
859 548-2282


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