Kentucky Fly Fishing

​The Bluegrass State isn’t just the home to derbies and a lot of yummy fried foods, it’s also a great fly fishing destination. In fact, the state boasts dozens of rivers and countless lakes, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stock a large number of these with trout. If you’re in search of an angling adventure, Kentucky has you covered no matter where in the state you plan on going.

Like many states, Kentucky imposes some restrictions on trout fishing. This is necessary in order to help non-native populations to survive, thrive, and grow. Because the nearly one million fish must be brought in from a hatchery, and cannot reproduce in their non-native environment, it’s vital that the state regulate their existence and make sure conditions are perfect for them to provide fishermen with a rewarding experience. As long as you’re familiar with the rules and regulations, you’ll find no lack of places to hone your craft among the many bodies of water the state has to offer.

Kentucky Trout Fishing Map

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KY - Cumberland River : 36.982807, -84.703217
GRAPEVINE CREEK NEAR PHYLLIS, KY: 37.432605, -82.353756
LEVISA FORK BELOW FISHTRAP DAM NEAR MILLARD, KY: 37.425937, -82.412370
RUSSELL FORK AT ELKHORN CITY, KY: 37.303997, -82.342924
LEVISA FORK AT PIKEVILLE, KY: 37.464268, -82.526263
LEVISA FORK AT PRESTONSBURG, KY: 37.670930, -82.777104
JOHNS CREEK NEAR META, KY: 37.567044, -82.457927
JOHNS CREEK NEAR VAN LEAR, KY: 37.743707, -82.724047
LEVISA FORK AT PAINTSVILLE, KY: 37.815372, -82.791549
TUG FORK AT WILLIAMSON, WV: 37.673157, -82.280141
BIG SANDY R AT LOUISA, KY: 38.171197, -82.634602
BLAINE CREEK NEAR BLAINE, KY: 38.029533, -82.846829
OHIO RIVER AT ASHLAND, KY: 38.481192, -82.636550
LITTLE SANDY RIVER BELOW GRAYSON DAM NEAR LEON, KY: 38.253971, -82.991003
LITTLE SANDY RIVER AT LEON, KY: 38.286470, -82.977392
LITTLE SANDY RIVER AT GRAYSON, KY: 38.330081, -82.939335
OHIO RIVER AT GREENUP DAM NEAR GREENUP, KY: 38.646745, -82.860447
TYGARTS CREEK NEAR GREENUP, KY: 38.564245, -82.952116
OHIO RIVER AT MAYSVILLE, KY: 38.648685, -83.763532
TAYLOR CREEK AT DONNERMEYER DRIVE AT BELLEVUE, KY: 39.097282, -84.482720
TWELVEMILE CREEK AT HIGHWAY 1997 NR ALEXANDRIA, KY: 38.951453, -84.338271
FOURMILE CREEK AT POPLAR RIDGE RD NR ALEXANDRIA,KY: 38.986667, -84.365278
LICKING RIVER BELOW MASON FORK NR SALYERSVILLE, KY: 37.730648, -83.057948
LICKING RIVER AT FARMERS, KY: 38.115359, -83.543243
LICKING RIVER AT HWY 60 AT FARMERS, KY: 38.140081, -83.557133
NORTH FORK TRIPLETT CREEK NEAR MOREHEAD, KY: 38.199248, -83.480464
SLATE CREEK AT HIGHWAY 713 NR MT. STERLING, KY: 38.023969, -83.831585
ROCK LICK CR AT STATE HWY 158 NR SHARKEY, KY STA D: 38.247302, -83.589357
LICKING RIVER AT BLUE LICK SPRINGS, KY: 38.420075, -83.997426
NORTH FORK LICKING RIVER NEAR MT OLIVET, KY: 38.594796, -84.020206
LICKING RIVER AT MCKINNEYSBURG, KY: 38.600072, -84.266324
STONER CREEK AT WATER PLANT AT PARIS, KY: 38.205000, -84.238056
HOUSTON CREEK AT HWY 27 NEAR PARIS, KY: 38.190278, -84.281667
HINKSTON CREEK NEAR CARLISLE, KY: 38.247437, -84.055150
SOUTH FORK LICKING RIVER AT CYNTHIANA, KY: 38.390908, -84.302991
SOUTH FORK LICKING RIVER AT HAYES, KY: 38.658682, -84.351881
LICKING RIVER AT CATAWBA, KY: 38.710348, -84.310769
CRUISES CREEK AT HWY 17 NR PINER, KY: 38.844444, -84.532222
LICKING RIVER AT HWY 536 NEAR ALEXANDRIA, KY: 38.920342, -84.447995
BANKLICK CREEK @ HIGHWAY 1829 NR ERLANGER, KY: 38.980556, -84.541667
THREEMILE CREEK AT THREE MILE ROAD AT COVINGTON,KY: 39.050205, -84.485047
PLEASANT RUN CREEK AT OAK STREET NEAR LUDLOW, KY: 39.085338, -84.557721
DRY CREEK AT SEWAGE PLANT NEAR ERLANGER, KY: 39.058949, -84.616056
ELIJAHS CREEK @ ELIJAHS CREEK RD NR HEBRON, KY: 39.079722, -84.685278
WOOLPER CREEK AT WOOLPER ROAD NEAR BURLINGTON, KY: 39.030000, -84.804167
GUNPOWDER CR AT CAMP ERNST RD NR UNION, KY: 38.994167, -84.716111
MUD LICK CR AT HWY 42 NR BEAVERLICK, KY: 38.845064, -84.720780
OHIO RIVER AT MARKLAND DAM NEAR WARSAW, KY: 38.774785, -84.964393
NORTH FORK KENTUCKY RIVER AT WHITESBURG, KY: 37.117598, -82.824604
CARR FORK NEAR SASSAFRAS, KY: 37.231208, -83.035998
NORTH FORK KENTUCKY RIVER AT HAZARD, KY: 37.246762, -83.181839
NORTH FORK KENTUCKY RIVER AT JACKSON, KY: 37.552312, -83.385736
MIDDLE FORK KENTUCKY RIVER NEAR HYDEN, KY: 37.137036, -83.371293
CUTSHIN CREEK AT WOOTON, KY: 37.165093, -83.307956
MIDDLE FORK KENTUCKY RIVER AT TALLEGA, KY: 37.555088, -83.593799
GOOSE CREEK AT MANCHESTER, KY: 37.152034, -83.760197
SOUTH FORK KENTUCKY RIVER AT BOONEVILLE, KY: 37.479810, -83.675192
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 14 AT HEIDELBERG, KY: 37.555364, -83.768251
STURGEON CREEK AT CRESSMONT, KY: 37.500642, -83.810198
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 13 NEAR WILLOW, KY: 37.602029, -83.832976
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 12 NEAR IRVINE, KY: 37.678333, -83.948333
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 11 NEAR COLLEGE HILL, KY: 37.783969, -84.103260
RED RIVER NEAR HAZEL GREEN, KY: 37.812308, -83.463795
RED RIVER AT CLAY CITY, KY: 37.864803, -83.933533
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 10 NEAR WINCHESTER, KY: 37.894801, -84.262153
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 9 AT VALLEY VIEW, KY: 37.843412, -84.440769
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 8 NEAR CAMP NELSON, KY: 37.745357, -84.586607
E HICKMAN CR TRIB AT CHILESBURG RD NR LEXINGTON,KY: 37.988412, -84.411047
EAST HICKMAN CR AT TATES CR RD NR EAST HICKMAN, KY: 37.938333, -84.478611
WEST HICKMAN CR AT VETERANS PARK NR LEXINGTON, KY: 37.957778, -84.501111
HICKMAN CREEK AT HWY 1268 NEAR CAMP NELSON, KY: 37.787024, -84.585774
DIX RIVER NEAR DANVILLE, KY: 37.642023, -84.660777
DIX RIVER AT DIX DAM NEAR BURGIN, KY: 37.793134, -84.706057
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 7 AT HIGHBRIDGE, KY: 37.829245, -84.723835
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 6 NEAR SALVISA, KY: 37.925632, -84.821338
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 5 NEAR TYRONE, KY: 38.052853, -84.830505
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 4 AT FRANKFORT, KY: 38.201739, -84.881617
N ELKHORN CR AT WINCHESTER RD NR LEXINGTON, KY: 38.040069, -84.411111
N ELKHORN CR AT BRYAN STATION RD AT MONTROSE, KY: 38.076466, -84.413269
NORTH ELKHORN CREEK AT GEORGETOWN, KY: 38.219519, -84.562998
ROYAL SPRINGS AT GEORGETOWN, KY: 38.209519, -84.561887
CANE RUN CREEK AT CITATION BLVD NR LEXINGTON, KY: 38.091667, -84.501389
TRIB TO CANE RUN CR AT NEWTOWN PK NR LEXINGTON, KY: 38.113611, -84.482778
SOUTH ELKHORN CREEK AT FORT SPRING, KY: 38.043132, -84.626332
WOLF RUN AT OLD FRANKFORT PIKE AT LEXINGTON, KY: 38.066743, -84.554385
TOWN BRANCH AT YARNALLTON ROAD AT YARNALLTON, KY: 38.103687, -84.587998
SOUTH ELKHORN CREEK NEAR MIDWAY, KY: 38.140908, -84.645222
ELKHORN CREEK NEAR FRANKFORT, KY: 38.268683, -84.814671
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 3 AT GEST, KY: 38.416735, -84.880783
KENTUCKY RIVER AT LOCK 2 AT LOCKPORT, KY: 38.438957, -84.963284
EAGLE CREEK AT SADIEVILLE, KY: 38.389517, -84.543276
EAGLE CREEK AT GLENCOE, KY: 38.705065, -84.823837
HARRODS CREEK AT HIGHWAY 329 NR GOSHEN, KY.: 38.361734, -85.574961
GOOSE CREEK AT OLD WESTPORT RD NR ST MATTHEWS, KY: 38.275904, -85.606072
GOOSE CREEK AT US HWY 42 NEAR GLENVIEW ACRES, KY: 38.303403, -85.628017
LITTLE GOOSE CREEK NEAR HARRODS CREEK, KY: 38.312569, -85.625795
OHIO RIVER AT WATER TOWER AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.281181, -85.702184
SOUTH FORK BEARGRASS CREEK AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.211459, -85.702461
S FK BEARGRASS CR AT MASON AVE NR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.241500, -85.736875
M FK BEARGRASS CR AT OLD CANNONS LN AT LOUISVILLE,: 38.237293, -85.664683
M FK BEARGRASS CR AT LEXINGTON RD AT LOUISVILLE,KY: 38.250349, -85.716629
BEARGRASS CREEK AT RIVER ROAD AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.267015, -85.721351
MUDDY FK AT MOCKINGBIRD VALLEY RD AT LOUISVILLE,KY: 38.276459, -85.693573
OHIO R US OF MCALPINE DAM @ RRB AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.265904, -85.768852
OHIO RIVER AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.280347, -85.799131
MILL CREEK CUTOFF NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.177570, -85.866909
MILL CREEK AT ORELL ROAD NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.078126, -85.889963
OHIO RIVER AT KOSMOSDALE, KY: 38.034793, -85.914130
SALT RIVER AT GLENSBORO, KY: 38.002016, -85.060509
BRASHEARS CREEK AT TAYLORSVILLE, KY: 38.037008, -85.340787
CEDAR CREEK AT HWY 1442 NEAR SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY: 37.991111, -85.641111
FLOYDS FORK NEAR PEWEE VALLEY, KY: 38.285348, -85.467459
FLOYDS FORK AT FISHERVILLE, KY: 38.188402, -85.460235
CHENOWETH RUN AT RUCKRIEGAL PARKWAY, KY: 38.194791, -85.557181
CHENOWETH RUN AT GELHAUS LANE NEAR FERN CREEK, KY: 38.160067, -85.542180
FLOYDS FORK NEAR MT WASHINGTON, KY: 38.085342, -85.554956
CEDAR CREEK AT THIXTON ROAD NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.079232, -85.616068
PENNSLYVANIA RUN AT MT WASHINGTON RD NR LOUISVILLE: 38.087566, -85.642458
FLOYDS FORK NEAR SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY: 38.003398, -85.682180
SALT RIVER AT SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY: 37.985066, -85.717459
LONG LICK AT CLERMONT, KY: 37.927841, -85.653569
BEECH FORK AT MAUD, KY: 37.832840, -85.296069
BEECH FORK AT BARDSTOWN, KY: 37.797006, -85.480792
ROLLING FORK NEAR BOSTON, KY: 37.767285, -85.703849
ROLLING FORK NEAR LEBANON JUNCTION, KY: 37.822842, -85.747738
FERN CREEK AT OLD BARDSTOWN RD AT LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.175624, -85.615237
NORTHERN DITCH AT OKOLONA, KY: 38.150347, -85.693571
POND CREEK NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.119792, -85.795796
POND CREEK AT PENDLETON ROAD NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.054237, -85.871630
BRIER CREEK AT PENDELTON ROAD NEAR LOUISVILLE, KY: 38.047848, -85.857185
GREEN RIVER NEAR MCKINNEY, KY: 37.422021, -84.750224
GREEN RIVER NEAR CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY: 37.240341, -85.347185
GREEN RIVER AT GREENSBURG, KY: 37.253671, -85.503022
RUSSELL CREEK NEAR COLUMBIA, KY: 37.119228, -85.393852
GREEN RIVER AT MUNFORDVILLE, KY: 37.269444, -85.888056
NORTH FORK NOLIN RIVER AT HODGENVILLE, KY: 37.578056, -85.753611
NOLIN RIVER AT WHITE MILLS, KY: 37.562004, -86.036633
BACON CREEK NEAR PRICEVILLE, KY: 37.351944, -85.966111
NOLIN RIVER AT KYROCK, KY: 37.274216, -86.250806
GREEN RIVER AT LOCK 6 AT BROWNSVILLE, KY: 37.206992, -86.261087
BARREN RIVER NEAR FINNEY, KY: 36.895046, -86.133873
WEST FORK DRAKES CREEK NEAR FRANKLIN, KY: 36.723374, -86.552218
DRAKES CREEK NEAR ALVATON, KY: 36.895320, -86.380546
BARREN RIVER AT BOWLING GREEN, KY: 37.002820, -86.432768
GREEN RIVER AT LOCK 4 AT WOODBURY, KY: 37.182268, -86.629988
GREEN RIVER AT PARADISE, KY: 37.263932, -86.977773
GREEN RIVER AT ROCKPORT, KY: 37.335322, -87.002773
ROUGH RIVER NEAR FALLS OF ROUGH AT DAM, KY: 37.622000, -86.504147
CANEY CREEK NEAR HORSE BRANCH, KY: 37.463940, -86.655542
ROUGH RIVER NEAR DUNDEE, KY: 37.547551, -86.721655
GREEN RIVER AT LIVERMORE, KY: 37.485602, -87.136385
GREEN RIVER AT LOCK 2 AT CALHOUN, KY: 37.533935, -87.263887
POND RIVER NEAR APEX, KY: 37.122266, -87.319443
SOUTH FORK PANTHER CREEK NEAR WHITESVILLE, KY: 37.618939, -86.887492
GREEN RIVER AT LOCK 1 AT SPOTTSVILLE, KY: 37.858377, -87.409729
OHIO RIVER AT HENDERSON, KY: 37.845598, -87.592236
OHIO RIVER AT UNIONTOWN DAM, KY: 37.783378, -87.979474
OHIO RIVER AT OLD SHAWNEETOWN, IL-KY: 37.691944, -88.133333
TRADEWATER RIVER AT OLNEY, KY: 37.223936, -87.781399
TRADEWATER RIVER NEAR PROVIDENCE, KY: 37.396713, -87.845015
OHIO RIVER AT SMITHLAND DAM, SMITHLAND, KY: 37.158389, -88.426150
POOR FORK AT CUMBERLAND, KY: 36.973981, -82.992940
MARTINS FORK ABOVE SMITH, KY: 36.726198, -83.287958
MARTINS FORK NEAR SMITH, KY: 36.752310, -83.257401
MARTIN'S FORK NEAR HARLAN, KY: 36.844533, -83.323515
CUMBERLAND RIVER NEAR HARLAN, KY: 36.846755, -83.355739
CUMBERLAND R AT PINE ST BR AT PINEVILLE, KY: 36.763141, -83.691862
CUMBERLAND RIVER AT BARBOURVILLE, KY: 36.862310, -83.887425
CLEAR FORK AT SAXTON, KY: 36.633971, -84.111597
CUMBERLAND RIVER AT WILLIAMSBURG, KY: 36.743417, -84.156045
CUMBERLAND RIVER AT CUMBERLAND FALLS, KY: 36.837304, -84.343270
LAUREL RIVER AT MUNICIPAL DAM NEAR CORBIN, KY: 36.970365, -84.119654
LYNN CAMP CREEK AT CORBIN, KY: 36.951477, -84.093543
ROCKCASTLE RIVER AT BILLOWS, KY: 37.171195, -84.296047
BUCK CREEK NEAR SHOPVILLE, KY: 37.210637, -84.464384
SOUTH FORK CUMBERLAND RIVER NEAR STEARNS, KY: 36.627022, -84.533272
ROCK CREEK NEAR YAMACRAW, KY: 36.702855, -84.562995
BEAVER CREEK NEAR MONTICELLO, KY: 36.797570, -84.896058
CUMBERLAND RIVER AT BURKESVILLE, KY: 36.786729, -85.365241
N FK LITTLE R AT WATER PLANT AT HOPKINSVILLE, KY: 36.876156, -87.471951
S FK LITTLE RIVER AT HWY 68/80 NR HOPKINSVILLE, KY: 36.849766, -87.352227
S FK LITTLE R AT HWY 68 BY-PASS AT HOPKINSVILLE,KY: 36.849489, -87.428895
SOUTH FORK LITTLE RIVER AT HOPKINSVILLE, KY: 36.839490, -87.481397
LITTLE RIVER NEAR CADIZ, KY: 36.777826, -87.721682
CLARKS RIVER AT MURRAY, KY: 36.592833, -88.300039
CLARKS RIVER AT ALMO, KY: 36.691722, -88.273647
OHIO RIVER AT PADUCAH, KY: 37.089500, -88.594492
MASSAC CREEK NEAR PADUCAH, KY: 37.041444, -88.710885
OHIO RIVER AT OLMSTED: 37.179219, -89.058404
HUMPHREY CR AT LACENTER, KY: 37.077553, -88.955898
BAYOU DE CHIEN NEAR CLINTON, KY: 36.628671, -88.963951
Peaks mill 1: 38.251700, -84.815900

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​Best Trout Fishing Spots in Kentucky

With the state stocking more than 100 waters, plus the rivers and streams that grace the landscape across the state, it can be hard to know where to start. There a few locations that stand out as favorites and are must-see fly fishing destinations for Kentucky visitors.

Cumberland River

This 75-mile tailwater that runs below Lake Cumberland in southern Kentucky is the result of waters that are released through the Wolf Creek Dam, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. The waterway is a popular fly fishing site, and with good reason – it receives yearly stock of around 160,000 rainbows and 38,000 browns each year, making it a premier location for the angler.

While there are a few places on the Cumberland where wading is possible, it’s highly recommended that you fly fish this tailwater by boat. Not only is a boat preferable due to the large ratio of deep areas, but because the river is quite lengthy, a boat comes in handy to navigate between good fishing sites without having to muck along for miles. A drifter with a motor is your best bet.

The Wolf Creek Dam has four generators, and any of them could be operating at a given point. The fishing is better when the water is lower. The Cumberland is unique in that it rises extremely slowly. In other words, when they start generating power, you are not in danger of a 12-foot rise within a few minutes’ time. The water travels at about four miles per hour, and the path is so long that it takes quite a while before you’ll have to worry about switching spots or climbing the bank. There is a release schedule available, so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Access can be tricky, which is another reason to bring a boat. There are more public access points the closer you are to the dam, but the further along you go, it could be miles between access points. Fortunately, there are a number of areas to launch a boat, and even fish right offshore. The Kendall Recreation Area ramp is just below the dam, off of U.S. 127. Nearby is a hatchery creek outflow, which is a choice area to cast, and Boyd’s Bar, which is known to yield rainbows and browns aplenty.

Another shoal with a reputation for being worth the stop is Rainbow Run, a long gravel bar just downstream from the Rockhouse Natural Bridge, which sits about 10 miles downstream from the dam.

While not the best choice for the casual wader who just wants to get to the bank quickly, spend some time leisurely casting, and get out quickly as well, Cumberland River is a great option with plenty of 5+ pounders for those fly fishermen who either thrive on the challenge of locating a good wading spot, or have a boat and love to use it.

You may keep one brown trout per day on the Cumberland, and it must be at least 20 inches. You can keep five rainbows, with just one over 20 inches, and one brook at least 15 inches in size. These regulations apply to all of the river’s tributary streams as well.

Otter Creek

Located outside Fort Knox, Otter Creek not only receives 1700 trout from the KDFWR, but Fort Knox also adds 15,000 of the fish on top of those. You’ll need to buy a fishing permit (as well as a Kentucky fishing license) but you then get the benefit of easy access through the Otter Creek Park. Check with Fort Knox Hunt Control ahead of time, as the park sometimes closes down specific sections for different applications like training. After catch-and-release ends in April, you can score some hefty trout and serve them up on your dinner table (following state limit laws, of course).

Other Good Creeks

There are plenty of other great options for some casual on-the-fly action. These include:

  • Rock Creek – the second most stocked stream in the Commonwealth, Rock Creek gets over 17,000 fish per year. Running through the Daniel Boone National Forest all the way down to the Tennessee border, this pure and pristine environment features crystal clear waters and rugged, rocky surroundings.
  • Trammel Fork – located off Route 231 south of Scottsville, this four-mile stretch of wade-able water gets rainbows and browns, offering bug chuckers a rewarding expanse of riffles and pools in which to try their luck.
  • Goose Creek – this put-and-take stream is located on the Casey-Russell county line, and feeds into the Green River. You’ll have the best luck near the start of the creek, however, and the 1500 trout that are deposited monthly result in a good chance of taking home your whole daily limit.

Best Time to Fish in Kentucky

Fishing is permitted year-round in Kentucky, and the state imposes different seasons, limits, and rules, depending upon the type of fish and the location where it is caught. You’ll want to read over the rules before planning your destination and timing, so that you can optimize your experience by keeping your catch if that’s what you desire.

You’ll also want to base your timing on hatches. At the Cumberland River there is a late winter blue-winged olive hatch, and one in October. Sulphurs hatch from mid-May through June, and Caddis tend to hatch in late winter to early spring.

​What You Will Need When You Get There

You’ll want your chest-high waders, wading boots with rubber soles, a rain jacket, Polarized sunglasses (these allow you to see into the water better), a brimmed hat for sun protection, bug repellant, insect net for your head if you’re going during the warmer months, accessories such as nippers and a pocketknife, plus whatever flies and rods you want. If you’re wading the Cumberland, you’ll want a wading staff for tracking the water levels.

As to your rod, a 5 or 6 weight should suffice for most of your Kentucky fly fishing, with a 9-foot, 5X tippet for dry fly and a 7.5-foot 3-4X tippet for nymphing. Streamers tend to attract the larger trout – particularly in the Cumberland River – but nymphs and midges are crucial as well, and produce great results. Dry fly fishing during the caddis and mayfly hatches will yield the most lucrative take, and pay attention to the terrestrials as well during the late summer and fall.

Kentucky Fishing Regulations

Fishing licenses are available through the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Minors under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license, nor do residents fishing on their own land. Resident members of the service who are on a furlough greater than three days, as well as those fishing in Mammoth Cave National Park do not require a license either.

Residents can buy a license for $20, non-residents for $50. Residents can get a one-day or three-year license, while non-residents can choose from a seven- or 15-day license. Trout permits cost $10 for everyone. Kentucky even has a combined husband-wife license available for $36 – yearly only, and not available to non-residents.

Kentucky Fly Fishing is Not to Be Missed

Kentucky has plenty to offer anglers, and even though trout are not native and cannot sustain a population on their own, the state works hard to maintain an incredible population throughout the hospitable waters that grace the landscape statewide.

There are quite a few separate limitations and regulations for various creeks, rivers, and lakes, so you’ll need to pay close attention to which ones apply during your planned fishing trip, but there’s plenty of the year when catch-and-release doesn’t apply so you’re sure to be able to configure exactly the right itinerary for your wants and needs.

Give Kentucky a chance and you’ll be rewarded with large populations of sizable fish, stunning landscapes full of local greenery and clear waters that will enhance your Kentucky fly fishing experience by leaps and bounds.