Barkley fishing is legendary! The rich Cumberland River
impoundment has made this lake a destination for anglers
near and far.
fishing is a winner from the first mild days of spring
well into late autumn. Those inclined might find great
catches even in the winter. Renowned for its crappie
fishing, Lake Barkley has two predominate seasons,
spring and fall. The quest for white bass, bluegill,
and red ear sunfish are a year round event.
this is your first visit to the area or you are just
looking for a new fishing hole, our experienced fishing
guides will show you the way! Book a full- or half-day
excursion to get you on the right track to that perfect
catch! A valid Kentucky fishing license is required and
is sold at our ship store or you can go online at
purchase your license prior to your stay.
predominant largemouth bass and a growing contingent of
small mouth bass support a wealth of various fishing
styles - from shallow flipping and pitching to deep
channel edge structure fishing and everything in
Highlights of the bassing season sometimes come in hot
summer when the schools of fish collect on offshore
drop-offs and channel ledges and in early cool fall when
bass move back to shores and shallows to feed up for the
winter, also a premium time to fish.
White bass are another fast action favorite. These hard
hitters are hot weather staples for fishing deep or in
frothy surface feeding binges. These "stripes" are often
caught by casting in-line spinners, heavy spoons or tail
spinners or by trolling crank baits along the sides and
over the tops of underwater bars, points or ledges.
fishermen visiting these waters have no time for bass,
though. They come because the waters are a crappie
angler's paradise. White crappie and a growing segment
of black crappie grow to slab sizes with ease on the
main lake and in roomy bays.
Bluegill and red ear sunfish have grown to remarkable
quality in recent years. These sunfish species have
always been popular for easy catches of fish in numbers,
but more hard-core anglers have been won over to the
eager brawlers now that hand-sized bluegill are
especially copious and "shell crackers" of ten inches to
a foot or longer are increasingly harvested.
catches of real jumbos, it's hard to top the potential
of the lakes catfish. Big channel cats and especially
bigger blue catfish plus the occasional whopper flathead
variety make for catches in both quantity and big game
quality. If sheer pounds of tasty fish in the boat are
the measure of a resource, Lake Barkley catfish loom
large! And it doesn't hurt anticipation that with the
next bite you might hook into a 60 - or 70- pounder!
Catfish are often at their best in late summer and fall
as they can be caught by bottom fishing with natural or
prepared baits along creek and channel ledges.
fishing has been around for years, but there seem to be
more bow hunters than ever before and fishermen are
always looking for practice in the off season. Most
states allow for bow fishing for "rough fish" such as
carp, buffalo and gar but not game fish. In our area
these rough fish are plentiful. You'll almost always see
them rolling in the shallows in the late afternoon. It
is not unusual to shoot as many as twenty or thirty in