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Kentucky Lake Fishing

Kentucky Lake Fishing

Kentucky Lake is a man-made reservoir located along the Tennessee River in western Kentucky and Tennessee, in the United States. The lake was created in 1944 with the completion of the Kentucky Dam, which is located at the northern end of the lake. Construction of the Kentucky Dam began in 1938, and it was completed in 1944. The dam is 206 feet high and stretches 8,422 feet across the river. The reservoir behind the dam, which became known as Kentucky Lake, covers 160,309 acres and has over 2,064 (3,322 km) miles of shoreline. Kentucky Lake is the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States, east of the Mississippi River.

In the 1980s and 1990s, advances in technology and equipment led to an increase in the popularity of bass fishing on Kentucky Lake. The lake became known as a top destination for bass fishing, with large tournaments and professional anglers coming to the area to fish. While Largemouth Bass are the most common target, there are also lots of nice sized Smallmouth Bass and Spotted Bass. White Bass and Striped Bass are also frequently caught in the lake.

Black Crappie and White Crappie are both found on Kentucky Lake, as well as Bluegill, Reader Sunfish, and Yellow Perch. Another popular target for fishing is Sauger. Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, and Flathead Catfish can also be caught while bottom fishing.

Some big fish have been caught in Kentucky Lake, including many state records such as Buffalo Smallmouth (55 pounds), Spotted Gar (4 pounds, 7 ounces), White Bass (5 pounds), and Yellow Perch (1 pound, 7 ounces).

Kentucky Lake Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Kentucky Lake, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Longear Sunfish

  2. Longear Sunfish

    There is a 22.93% catch rate for Longear Sunfish, based on 36 Longear Sunfish counted.

    Kentucky Lake Longear Sunfish Counts Chart


  3. Bluegill

  4. Bluegill

    There is a 15.29% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 24 Bluegill counted.

    Kentucky Lake Bluegill Counts Chart


  5. Warmouth

  6. Warmouth

    There is a 12.74% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 20 Warmouth counted.

    Kentucky Lake Warmouth Counts Chart


  7. Green Sunfish

  8. Green Sunfish

    There is a 9.55% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 15 Green Sunfish counted.

    Kentucky Lake Green Sunfish Counts Chart


  9. Redfin Pickerel

  10. Redfin Pickerel

    There is a 7.64% catch rate for Redfin Pickerel, based on 12 Redfin Pickerel counted.

    Kentucky Lake Redfin Pickerel Counts Chart


  11. Bowfin

  12. Bowfin

    There is a 4.46% catch rate for Bowfin, based on 7 Bowfin counted.

    Kentucky Lake Bowfin Counts Chart


  13. Black Crappie

  14. Black Crappie

    There is a 3.82% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 6 Black Crappie counted.

    Kentucky Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart


  15. Spotted Bass

  16. Spotted Bass

    There is a 3.18% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 5 Spotted Bass counted.

    Kentucky Lake Spotted Bass Counts Chart


  17. Redear Sunfish

  18. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 2.55% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 4 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Kentucky Lake Redear Sunfish Counts Chart


  19. White Crappie

  20. White Crappie

    There is a 2.55% catch rate for White Crappie, based on 4 White Crappie counted.

    Kentucky Lake White Crappie Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 20 species of fish and 157 fish counted for May around Kentucky Lake.

To date, there are 37 species of fish and a total of 1352 fish counted for Kentucky Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 7/28/1789 (235 years).

Last Update: 5/24/2024 4:30:41 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Kentucky Lake Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Kentucky Lake are the following:

  1. Bruton Spring Creek

  2. Old Lock

  3. Bear Creek

  4. Baros Creek

  5. Flathead Catfish82

  6. Submerged Culvert

  7. Neville Bay

  8. Submerged Culvert

  9. Submerged Culvert

  10. Submerged Culvert

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Latest Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

  • The Last Report
    Hello from Kentucky lake! It has been a minute since my last report. For those that follow my guide service you may have noticed there...

  • First Report of the Year
    Hello from Kentucky lake! With spring around the corner I thought I would let everyone know what I’ve been up to since my last report....

  • Summer Report
    Hello from Kentucky Lake! I have decided to take a few days off to clean the boat and recharge my batteries so I thought I would take...

  • June Report
    Hello from Kentucky Lake. I hope this report finds everyone doing well. Summertime seems to be making its arrival this week....

  • May Report
    Hello from Kentucky Lake! Since I last checked in we have had what I considered as windy of an April as I can remember. Cold front...

  • April Fishing Report
    Hello from Kentucky Lake! April has finally made it here and hopefully warmer temperatures are soon to arrive. April 1 officially kicked...

  • Spring is Almost Here
    Hello from Kentucky Lake! I hope this report finds everyone doing well. As many are aware we endured a deadly tornado on December 10...

  • Fall Fishing Report
    Hello from Kentucky lake! With the first days of October here and November just around the corner I thought I would take the time and...

  • August Report
    Hello from Kentucky lake! I hope this report finds everyone doing well. I thought I would take the time to let everyone know what’s been...

  • Mid August Report
    I had a hard time sitting down to write this report. The fishing for this angler has been very up and down. we have had some weather...

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Top Kentucky Lake Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Fisherman's Friend Bait-Tackle

  2. King Creek Resort and Marina
    Our private, full service marina offers boat rentals for our guests and a store. We also have luxury pontoon and fishing boats. Our 40 slip marina is new in 2018!! Non-ethanol gasoline is available at the Marina. The store has what you need whether i

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Top Kentucky Lake Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Lucky Lady Guide Service
    Fishing is usually done from mid March through October, with the weather and water conditions dictating it all. At LLGS, I fish for white bass, yellow bass, bluegill, and crappie. I even manage to pick up a few catfish along the way. I do not fish fo

  2. Captain Kirk's Guide Service
    I fish for every game species in the lake: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Crappie, Red Ears, Bluegills, White Bass, Stripers, Sauger, Catfish and even Yellers. The fact that this lake has such species diversity is one of it's

  3. Sugar Creek Charters
    Kentucky and Barkely Lake fishing at it's finest. We offer 8 hour trips, 5 hour trips, lake breakdown class and electronics trips. All to ensure your success!

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Top Kentucky Lake Marinas

  1. Moors Resort & Marina
    Resting on the northern shores of beautiful Kentucky Lake, Moors now offers 37 pet-friendly cottages, 24 log cabin lodge rooms, a meeting room, Ralph's Harborview Bar & Grill, full service marina, boat rentals, slip rentals, fuel, bait and ta

  2. King Creek Resort and Marina
    Our private, full service marina offers boat rentals for our guests and a store. We also have luxury pontoon and fishing boats. Our 40 slip marina is new in 2018!! Non-ethanol gasoline is available at the Marina. The store has what you need whether i

  3. Kenlake Marina Corporation
    At Kenlake Marina we've got everything right here on location that you need for an entire fun-filled summer for everyone of all ages!

  4. Prizer Point Marina & Resort
    Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Barkley in the Kentucky Lakes region, Prizer Point Marina & Resort and Kentucky Lakes KOA is the area’s finest destination for family getaways featuring condos, cabins, RV camping, boating and family recre

  5. Eddy Creek Marina Resort
    Looking for that perfect marina you can call your home away from home? Eddy Creek Marina Resort offers the highest quality with highest array of marina services. Whether you stay in our transient slips for a night, dock for the year, or need the help

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