Welcome to our Lake Cumberland Fishing Home Page

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.


Primary Species of Fish


Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass & Largemouth Bass

Lake Cumberland is definitely a bass lake.  It is known for its striped bass fishery, however, it also has a good fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  During the warmer months, largemouth bass and striped bass usually take priority here among most anglers.  When it gets colder, a lot of anglers start targeting smallmouth bass and there are some big smallies in this lake.


Secondary Species of Fish


Walleye, Muskie, Crappie, Bluegill & Catfish

Anglers can fish for many different species of fish here.  You aren’t going to find a ton of walleye and muskie here, but you can fish for them and some anglers report good days fishing for them.  Panfish and catfish are here as well if you want to target them.


Cumberland Lake Tailwater:  Brown Trout & Rainbow Trout Fishing


The cold waters of Cumberland Lake form the Cumberland River and these tailwaters are home to some good fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout.  Due to the regulations that are in place, it’s a good place to catch some fish and bigger trout are available.  Most anglers fish the tailwaters in a boat due to the fact that there are long stretches without access to the river.

Stripers from 5 to 15 pounds are common with many fish in the 20 to 30 pound class.  On this lake, striped bass get the most attention.  If you are looking for a guide, there are many guides on the lake available to target striped bass.  Trolling and fishing with live baits over deeper water are the popular techniques for catching stripers here.  At times, the topwater bite can be very good as well.