Best Kentucky Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)


Kentucky Lake     –     Rating 9.5

Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.  The lake covers 2,380 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.  Kentucky Lake is a very popular vacation destination.  Whether you’re coming here for a fishing getaway or a family vacation, there is something to do for everyone.

Kentucky Lake is known for its tremendous crappie fishery.  Spring and fall are the best times to plan a trip for the crappie fishing.  During the spawn, 1 – 1.5 pound crappie are considered common.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also plentiful on Kentucky Lake.  There are more largemouth than smallmouth in the lake, but if you target the rocky areas, you can usually find some smallmouth bass.  If you time the spawn right in the spring, you can experience some awesome fishing for largemouth bass with 30 to 50 fish days being possible.  Get away from the crowds and find the pattern and you will catch more fish.  Other species that are available are white bass, sunfish, sauger, catfish and striped bass.

Lake Barkley     –     Rating 9.5

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.

Lake Cumberland     –     Rating 9.0

Lake Cumberland is a large lake located in southern Kentucky.  Because of its temperate climate, Lake Cumberland has a very long recreational season that thousands of visitors take advantage of every year.  This lake has become a major tourism destination for people that enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and just relaxing by the lake.  Fishing is very popular for a variety of species, however, most people come here for the tremendous striped bass fishery.  If you know what you’re doing or you decide to fish with a guide, you have a good chance to catch good numbers of striped bass with some big fish mixed in too.

Cave Run Lake     –     Rating 7.25

Cave Run Lake is a beautiful lake that covers 8,270 acres.  It is located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky just south of Morehead and about 60 miles east of Lexington.  Cave Run Lake is known for its muskie fishing, but anglers also can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and spotted bass.  Whether you come to fish for muskie or other species of fish, it’s a nice lake that a lot of anglers do well on.


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