Fishing

Lake Barkley fishing is legendary! The rich Cumberland River impoundment has made this lake a destination for anglers near and far.

Bass 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.

If 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 KYDFW - CLICK HERE and purchase your license prior to your stay.

Fishing facts:
The 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 between.

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.

Many 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.

For 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.

Bow 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 an evening

FISHING GUIDES

Jim Leech               270-625-0704
Rodney Brown        270-388-9899
Greg Freeman        270-388-9403 
Billy Joe Boitnott        270-963-8134 

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