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Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Fishing

If you're new to Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, take a look at our Fishing Overview and discover how fun and exciting fishing these big lakes can be!  You can also check out Fishing 101 to learn about our species and seasonal patterns.

Our traditional fishing reports are now complimented by fishing features, articles and news pertaining to Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.  You can check out our Fishing Reports Summary to see all the regular reports and contributors.  Let's go fishing!

Most Recent Fishing Reports

Fishing Features & News

For a complete list of all our fishing reports and our regular contributors, see Fishing Reports Summary.

Weekend Fishing Outlook for April 1-2


Early forecasts show a nice weekend ahead with a small rain chance for Sunday. Get the latest Kentucky Lake area weather report.

  Lake Conditions

The lakes will be a little above normal.  Get real-time lake levels, water temperatures and conditions.

How's The Bite?

White Bass

Kentucky Lake Fishing Report Archives

You can now access 15 years worth of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fishing reports.  The archive is growing as we continue to add more reports.  Nearly 1,000 can be accessed now going back to 2001.  It's a great reference tool for finding fishing patterns during certain seasons and reading about historical events such as floods.  Access the fishing report archives.

Fishing 101

Want to go fishing but just don't know where to start?  Or do you want to improve your fishing skills with knowledge and advice from an expert?  No sweat!  We're proud to present Fishing 101, a comprehensive guide to fishing Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.  Fishing 101 was written by professional guide Dave Stewart exclusively for ExploreKentuckyLake.com.

At Overview of Fishing at Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley

Together, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley form the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.  The lakes are connected by a free-flowing canal near the dams at Grand Rivers.

These lakes produce some of the best bass fishing anywhere in the United States.  Catching these sport fish makes for a great time.  Crappie are legendary on Kentucky Lake when the spawn hits, usually in April.  These delicious-tasting fish can be found bedding in the spring in shallow waters of bays and in brush piles.

Bluegill typically get active along the banks during May and are a blast to catch with the kiddos.  Catfish is also very common in the lakes with catches coming in year round.

Numerous marinas, boat launching ramps and accommodations can be found throughout Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.  So come one down and experience a fishing trip you'll never forget!

Big Bass
Photo by Brandon Hunter

Nathan Long holds up two nice bass while fishing with guide Brandon Hunter recently on Kentucky Lake.