From serious sport fishermen to an afternoon family outing, more than 57,900 acres of water make Lake Barkley the Best Fishing Spot in Kentucky, according to readers of Kentucky Lake Barkley the Best Fishing Spot in Kentucky, according to readers of Kentucky Living magazine. And Bassmaster magazine listed Lake Barkley twelfth in 100 Best Bass Lakes in the country. It doesn’t matter if you just want to drop a line in the water off the bank or launch your boat from one of our three marinas or many boat ramps. Your next Big Fish story awaits. Find your new favorite fishing hole on Lake Barkley, the best fishing spot in Kentucky.

Crappie, Catfish and Bass Fishing in Kentucky

On Lake Barkley, you’ll find the best crappie, catfish and bass fishing in Kentucky. Plenty of fish are waiting for you to drop a line in the water. Okay, we admit it’s not quite that easy, but an abundance of champion-sized catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, bluegill, and rockfish “striper” – just to name a few – are out there. We catch ’em all the time, and you will, too… on your own or with a hired fishing guide. Yep. We have those, too. It’s just one more thing that makes Lake Barkley the best fishing and boating lake in Kentucky.

 

Lake Barkley Hosts Fishing Tournaments

Every year, Lake Barkley hosts fishing tournaments, from the granddaddy of all crappie tournaments – the Crappie USA Classic – to dozens of qualifying events for Crappie USA, Cabela’s King Kat, USA Bassin, B.A.S.S. and others. Professional fishermen across the country have proclaimed Lake Barkley the best-kept secret in fishing.

But don’t take their word for it. Discover for yourself what makes Lake Barkley the best fishing spot in Kentucky.

Fisherman with fresh catch