On the Water

Go Fishing

The freedom of a day on the water, a pull on your line, the thrill of the catch, the joys of fishing.

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and our River system offer up some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. Western Kentucky’s Rivers and lakes offer an abundance of sport fish including catfish, sauger, bass, crappie, and bluegill.

Livingston County is the only location with access to both Kentucky and Barkley Lakes within one mile of each other, the canal that connects both lakes, and access to the tailwaters of Kentucky and Barkley Dams.

At over 210,000 acres of water, Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are large but are easily fishable in a modest size boat. Don’t have a boat? You can also find great spots to fish from the shore.

Fishing Guides

Between The Rivers Guide Service

Guide Jim Doom
270-703-7337
jdoom26@yahoo.com

Guide Jim Doom grew up fishing and is a fixture on the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers. Almost four decades of experience ensures everyone that books a day of angling is getting the best opportunity to have an exciting day fighting a variety of fish. Jim specializes in Striper, Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass in the Cumberland, Tennessee and Ohio rivers. He uses a 20ft Triton boat with a 90hp Suzuki engine.

The Kick'n Bass Guide Service

Captain Richard Bay
270-205-7603
kylakefish@gmail.com

A Full-time multi-species guide service, Kick’n Bass Guide Service strives to exceed the expectations of guests. They specialize in customizing trips to meet your needs. Captain Rich offers family fishing adventures from the Kick’n Bass Pontoon, welcomes the opportunity to fish with folks with special needs, and their Pontoon is wheelchair accessible. Kick’n Bass also offers custom Corporate or Company trips.

Rodney Hairgrove Guide Service

Guide Rodney Hairgrove
270-362-0147
Call or visit website

Your guided fishing trip includes fully rigged 20′ Ranger Z520, fuel, the finest equipment, knowledge and techniques on the market today. Guide Rodney Hairgrove guides trips for crappie, bass, bluegill, redear, sunfish & white bass. Crappie & Bass are his specialties! Rodney has been guiding on Kentucky Lake for over 20 years. Gain knowledge and experience to enhance your fishing for years to come.

Fishing Essentials

Ken's TBC Bait Shop

270-362-4323
830 US Hwy 62, Grand Rivers, KY

Find bait, tackle, and all the supplies you need for a fun day of fishing. Even more, Ken’s Tradewater Bait also manufactures and sells a variety of lures in their Grand Rivers shop.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

800-858-1549
#1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601

Visit the website and buy your license online, download Fishing Laws & Regulations, and find a more than cool tool to search for fishing access and boat ramp locations.

Want more information on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley? Make sure you check out our Boating, Area Golf, and Lodging pages.

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