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Lake familiarization is important as well as knowing where to fish and what to use when fishing.  You can get acquainted with Kentucky or Barkley Lake while picking up some great fishing techniques from one of these guides below.

Gold Level Fishing Guides

Kentucky Lake Guide Service Photo
  • Technique Teaching
  • Family Fishing
  • Full Day Trips
  • Half Day Trips
  • 30 Years Exp.

Multiple tournament winner and professional fisherman for over 30 years! I have fished Kentucky Lake many days, know many tricks of the trade and enjoy sharing my expertise with others. Exposing children to fishing is especially rewarding, so pack up the kids and let's go fishing! Read more about Kentucky Lake Guide Service...

Scott Patton Fishing Photo
  • 20 Years Exp.
  • Largemouth
  • Smallmouth
  • Crappie & Redear
  • USCG Lic/Ins
  • Fishes B.A.S.S. Tour
  • Electronics Class
  • Ledge Fishing
  • Spider Rigging

As your guide I plan to make sure you get to enjoy this awesome fishery and the beautiful scenery in hopes that you can't wait to come back! I have been fishing this lake for over 20 years! I have a lot of fishing knowledge along with boating skills to keep you safe on the water! Read more about Scott Patton Fishing...

Rodney Hairgrove Guide Service Photo
  • 20 Years Exp.
  • 20' Ranger Z520
  • Crappie & Bass
  • Bluegill & Redear
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Fish Cleaning
  • Friendly Service
  • Latest Technology
  • Large Groups

Out of Big Bear Resort on Kentucky Lake, licensed fishing guide Rodney Hairgrove takes fishermen on his fully-rigged bass boat to secluded bays of deep waters ideal for luring bass, crappie, smallmouth, panfish, sauger, white bass and catfish anglers. Read more about Rodney Hairgrove Guide Service...

Shelldiver Guide Service Photo
  • Over 35 Years Exp.
  • 22'6" 2016 Phoenix
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Family Fishing
  • Children Welcome
  • All Equip. Supplied
  • Coast Guard Cap. Lic.
  • No Exp. Required!

Professional fishing guide service specializing in bass and crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake. Shell diving has taught me up-close how fish use structure and cover. US Coast Guard certified and licensed. Fishing Kentucky and Barkley Lakes can be a premier fishing experience! Read more about Shelldiver Guide Service...

Woods and Water Guide Service Photo
  • Licensed & Insured
  • 40 Years Experience
  • 20' Triton Boat
  • Prime Redear & Bluegill Fishing in May/June

Fully rigged crappie bass boat all tackle provided specializing in spider rigging. Guided spring turkey hunts also available. Read more about Woods and Water Guide Service...

Bar-Ken Guide Service Photo
  • US Coast Guard Lic.
  • 4-5 or 8 Hour Trips
  • Tourney Pre-Fishing
  • Lake Familiarization

With nearly 20 years of tournament fishing experience, Doug Pietrzak of Bar-Ken Guide Service offers guiding trips on Kentucky and Barkley lakes for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Visit the website for more information. Read more about Bar-Ken Guide Service...

Captain Penrod's Guide Service Photo
  • US Coast Guard Lic.
  • Licensed/Insured
  • All Skill Levels
  • Tourney Prep Trips
  • Fully Equipped Boats

All skill levels welcome! We fish both Kentucky & Barkley lakes with a fully-equipped 20' bass boat (tackle, bait, GPS and Sonar). We also have a handicapped-accessible pontoon boat available for larger groups. Read more about Captain Penrod's Guide Service...

Papa's Fishin' For Fun Photo
  • 35+ Years Experience
  • 22" EBBTide Mystique
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Family Fishing
  • Children Welcome
  • All Equip. Supplied
  • Coast Guard Cap. Lic.
  • USCG Auxiliary Mem.
  • Fun Fishing

I have a captain's license with the Coast Guard and I am a licensed fishing guide with Kentucky. Read more about Papa's Fishin' For Fun...

Steve McCadams Guide Service Photo
  • 38 Years Guiding
  • Bass & Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Triton Boat/Mercury
  • Full & Half Day Trips
  • Hunting Guide
  • Duck/Waterfowl

Steve has over 37 years experience guiding anglers and is one of America's foremost outdoorsman who has hosted and appeared on several national television shows. Read more about Steve McCadams Guide Service...

John Morgan's Guide Service Photo
  • Licensed for 17 Years
  • Multi-Species Angling
  • Year-Round Fishing
  • Technique Teaching
  • GPS Welcomed

Don't spend your whole trip looking for fish, let me put you on them. I personally guarantee your satisfaction with your trip. Read more about John Morgan's Guide Service...

Brandon Hunter Fishing Photo
  • FLW Touring Pro
  • Electronics Training
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Tourney Prep Trips
  • U.S. CG Lic/Ins
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Ranger Z520C
  • Latest Lowrance Tech

Fish with Brandon Hunter, a professional fishing guide for Kentucky Lake. Fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass just for fun or have Brandon help you prep for your next tournament. Sonar help also available. Read more about Brandon Hunter Fishing...

Kick'n Bass Guide Service Photo
  • Full Time Guide
  • Fish for all Species
  • HD Electronics
  • Lowe Fishing Pontoon
  • State-of-the-Art

Don't let our name fool ya... we fish for all species of game fish. Kick'n Bass Guide Service brings over a decade of experience in angling on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes! Guiding for the novice to the pro. Read more about Kick'n Bass Guide Service...

Precision Sonar Photo
  • HD Electronics Inst.
  • Water Sonar Class
  • Sonar Accessories
  • Z 520 Ranger Boat

Precision Sonar offers on-the-water sonar classes and instruction. We also manufacture and sell sonar accessories that make life easier for the angler. If you're struggling to make sense of your sonar and navigation system, give us a call and let us help. Read more about Precision Sonar...

Crappie Gills N' More Photo
  • Equipment Provided
  • Family-Friendly
  • No Alcohol
  • 4 & 6-hour Trips
  • Hummingbird Tech
  • '16 Excel Bay Pro 203
  • 140 HP Suzuki Engine
  • Taxidermy Service
  • Up to 4 Guests

With 50 years of experience fishing Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, let me give you a fishing experience you'll not forget! Fish with me for crappie, bluegill, redear and catfish. My specialty is trolling for crappie with my custom-painted crankbaits and longlines. Fully licensed! Read more about Crappie Gills N' More...

Other Fishing Guides

AAA Guide Service

96 Cedar Point Rd
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 205-2233

Fishing Hype Guide Service

80 South Will Eli Rd.
Kuttawa, KY 42055
(612) 889-2423

Dan Dolack Guide Service

Dan Dolack
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 753-0919

Bass Buster Guide Service

Dave Stewart
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 362-9987

Hog Heaven Guide Service

1355 Hammond Road
Farmington, KY 42040
(270) 978-2686

Fish Tales Guide Service

Tacklebox Lane
Murray, KY 42071
(765) 277-0395

HandiCapable Guide Service

PO Box 421
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
(270) 362-0970

Weakley's Guide Service

Brad Weakley
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-9974

Nativ Bowfishing Guide Service

13 Maple Hill Dr.
Eddyville, KY 42038
(270) 625-0202

Captain Kirk's Guide Service

11442 US Hwy 68 East
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-6017

Fish-R-Us Guide Service

Rick Chidester
Cadiz, KY 42211
(270) 522-5919

Cap'n Bly's Guide Service

152 Hughes Road
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-5176

Craig Hipsher's Guide Service

586 Ridge Loop Rd
Aurora, KY 42025
(270) 354-5221

Kevin Frey's All-Pro Guide Service

Kevin Frey
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-8167

Crappie Action Guide Service

Ken Riddick
Buchanan, TN 38222
(731)-285-3551


Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!