Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio River. One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake, forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational areas in the country.
There are many opportunities for fishing Lake Barkley. There is a very healthy population of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill. Spring crappie fishing is a favorite for most anglers. The crappie spawn is an excellent time to fish with fish all over the shallows from 4 to 6 feet deep. In some areas, you can find them in as shallow as 1 foot of water or less. Bass fishing is also excellent on this lake. May and June are excellent times for catching trophy bass. Anglers also like to target catfish and white bass. Take a look at our Lake Barkley fishing tips page for more information.
See How It Ranks
|Lake Barkley||Points||Points Possible|
|Ability to catch a lot of fish||1.75||2|
|Ability to catch trophy fish||2||2|
|Good for multiple species of fish||1||1|
|Guides & Charters available||1||1|
|Quality lodging options||1||1|
|Area businesses relating to boat storage, rentals, repair, etc.||1||1|
|Overly Crowded||0||Minus 1|
|Overly Expensive||0||Minus 1|
|Highest Score Possible||10|