Fishing in The Kentucky Wildlands

The Kentucky Wildlands is home to some of the world’s premiere freshwater fishing spots and opportunities. Cast out along cliff-lined shores, reel in record-setting trophy catches, fly fish in fully stocked dams or kick back with a rod in a gorgeous state park. Throughout the year, there are unlimited ways for anglers of all skill levels to experience incredible sport fishing.

Catch black bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill, catfish, musky and more in the clean-water lakes and rivers of The Kentucky Wildlands, such as in Laurel River Lake in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, home of trout night-fishing in the summertime. Or try the wide-bodied Cumberland River, home to two state-record fish (the 21-pound brown trout and 14.6-pound rainbow trout). Go for a striped bass record at beautiful Lake Cumberland, home of the 58-pound caught striped bass, with 40 and 50 pounders caught regularly. Incredible fly fishing can be found at Wolf Creek Dam, known as one of the best fly-fishing areas in the United States. Favorite fishing spots also include local hatcheries, such as Hatchery Creek, a 47-foot-high descending creek with boulder-strewn stop pools that frequently attract trophy-sized trout. Launch a boat or fish from shore in a beautiful state park, such as at Dewey Lake in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, home of the largest caught musky ever recorded in Kentucky, or Carter Caves State Resort Park, home of the original caught bass record.

Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the region’s underwater friends, explore karst terrain, see...

Beattyville Boat Ramp

3 Mile River Trail Option: Launch from the concrete Sharp Rock Ramp located three...

Pleasant Valley Country Club

The 9-hole "Pleasant Valley" course at the Pleasant Valley Country Club & Restaurant...