Kentucky Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  263

State Sportfish:  Kentucky Spotted Bass

Notable Records:  a 32lb channel catfish from the Ohio River, a 7lb 10oz. Kentucky spotted bass from Nelson County, a 106 lb paddlefish from the Ohio River, a 5lb 6oz. chain pickerel from Forked Lake

Fishing Regs:  For fishing regs right click, save link as here (Kentucky Fishing Regs) or go here.

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $20.00 $50.00
1-day N/A $10.00
3-day N/A N/A
7-day N/A $30.00
15-day N/A $40.00

To see more about licenses click here.

Quickcast:  Bordering the Northern parts of Kentucky is the Ohio River.  Catfish anglers head to this river for huge channel cats, flatheads and blue cats.  Others hit the river for stripers, sauger, largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye.  To the far West is Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkely where fishermen can scare up some largemouth and smallmouth bass and crappie.  Moving East anglers will find a spot called Barren River Lake where one can find  world record hybrid striped bass and smallmouth bass.  Going through the center of the state is the Kentucky River where fishermen can expect to pull in some largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as white bass, sauger, walleye and blue cats.   In the Eastern part of the state is Cave Run Lake which will typically yield some nice largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and state record muskie. In fact, its widely known as one of the most prolific producers of record-sized muskie in the Southeast.