Fishing Licenses, Regulations & State Info
Fishing licenses can be purchased online from both Kentucky and Tennessee. Kentucky and Tennessee have a "Reciprocal Agreement" on Kentucky Lake. Anglers can fish, with either a Kentucky or Tennessee fishing license, from Eggner's Ferry Bridge (U.S. Hwy 68/80 in Kentucky) south to the Gov. Ned McWherter Bridge (U.S. Hwy 79 in Tennessee) including all embayments except Blood River in Kentucky. Anglers must abide by each state's size and creel limits when fishing waters in that state.
Kentucky Lake Fishing License:
Tennessee Fishing License:
Fishing Limits, Rules & Regulations
- Kentucky Statewide Size & Creel Limits - Lake-Specific Limits (important for Kentucky/Barkley Lakes)
- Kentucky Fish Consumption Advisories
- Land Between The Lakes Angling
2023 Edition (pdf - for those fishing inside LBL's ponds and small lakes - not the main Kentucky/Barkley Lakes)
- Tennessee General Fishing Information
State Fishing & Boating Publications
2023 Fishing Forecasts
Fishing Forecast for all types of Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley fish (pdf), released by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.