Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Kentucky offers great opportunities and access for anglers. Cast a lure for smallmouth bass among the limestone bluffs and shoreline forests of Lake Cumberland. Catch bragging sized crappie from the state’s nationally ranked Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Test your fishing tackle on a hefty blue catfish in the Ohio River. Or downsize your gear and flick a tiny fly for trout in a pristine mountain stream.
Kentucky’s mountains and undulating terrain have spawned a wealth of water: Here you’ll find more than 62,000 miles of fishable streams and 40 public lakes exceeding 100 acres. Look to our Where to Fish page where more than 850 public and private boat ramps offer you access to prime fishing spots. If you don’t have a boat, bank access options include the popular Fishing in Neighborhoods program. This includes dozens of specially stocked small lakes near cities – perfect for a day of family fun.
The waters of the Commonwealth also support active and valuable commercial fisheries. From catfish to paddlefish caviar, Kentucky commercial fishers provide a variety of products for consumers.
To help keep fishing great, Kentucky stocks 7 million fish a year and actively manages sport and commercial fish populations across the state. Our fisheries management team is constantly working to monitor and improve Kentucky’s aquatic heritage. Explore the links below to discover the wealth of fishing opportunities in Kentucky.