Lake Barkley, The Best Fishing Spot in Kentucky

And Even Bassmaster Magazine Knows It

Serious sport fishermen or the family outing—great fishing for all

More than 57,900 acres of Water

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.  This isn’t coming from us, you know; this distinction comes from the readers Kentucky Living Magazine. They voted Lake Barkley the Best Fishing Spot in Kentucky (multiple times). 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 right off the bank or launch your boat from one of our many boat ramps or marinas. 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. Yup. We have those, too.

And they don’t judge… even when you don’t have a clue what you’re doing.

It’s just one more thing that makes Lake Barkley the best fishing and boating lake in Kentucky.

Lake Barkley: A Popular Host for National 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 KatUSA 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.