sure to sample some of the best fishing there is on
Kentucky Lake. This huge impoundment is consistently
one of the richest angler's meccas in America.
Dedicated fisherman make pilgrimages from afar to
sample the wealth of the lake, and countless
occasional anglers have been hooked by their taste of
the reservoir's bounty.
Traditional headliner species on Kentucky Lake has
been crappie, fish for which the impoundment has held
deserved acclaim. The lake's crappie grow large -
individual fish of 2 pounds are common and limit
stringers of fish averaging 1.5 pounds are routine.
Most famed on Kentucky Lake is the spring spawn.
During this time, fisherman across the country plan
their trips to take advantage of the great action just
waiting to be had.
Crappie move up tributary creeks to bedding areas in
shallow coves during the spring. Loads of fish then
can be caught in thigh-deep water. Often over-looked,
however, is that crappie can be caught year-round. A
variety of tactics used throughout the year can
produce slab size crappie.
fishing run neck and neck with crappie as the hottest
commodity on the water. Kentucky Lake has an
exceptional population of largemouth bass, with a
remarkable number of them in the 4-7 pound range and a
good sprinkling of trophy fish all the way up to
double digit weights. That's combined with a companion
population of rod-wrenching smallmouth bass, which
also produce an enviable number of fish to 5 pounds
A hot ticket item on the lake from mid-spring through
the summer is the white bass - "stripes" to the
locals. Fish of up to 2 pounds and larger are caught
in limit batches. White bass often are caught on the
surface as they feed on shad "in the jumps," and the
frenzied action can be hair-raising.
Of increasing importance on Kentucky Lake is its
sunfish faction. Always abundant, bluegill and the
related red-ear sunfish or "shellcrackers" in recent
seasons have grown stouter in size. The sunfishes are
easily caught by the sackful and are a hot item spring
are other worthy fishing options, too. Catfish -
blues, channel cats and flatheads - grow to sizes as
long as your leg, and larger even, in Kentucky Lake.
Sauger, relatives of the walleyes, are often a bonus
for white bass anglers and present a significant
fishery of their own. A special fishery for sauger
exists during the winter months where they congregate
during the spawning run in the tail waters of Kentucky
Pick your fish and your style of fishing. Kentucky
Lake has the resources to keep your lines tight. For
the variety of species that offer fast fishing and
hefty catches, these waters are as good as they are
big. IF it is your first time to Kentucky Lake, be
sure to secure a guide for a half or full day. They
can give you great tips on fishing this expansive body
of water along with showing you a great time on the