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                                                           FISHING REGULATIONS
                                                                   NEW THIS YEAR
                           The items highlighted here are a          gill and redear sunfish now under            There is a now a 12 to 15-inch protec-
                      quick overview of the changes to this          statewide regulations for minimum            tive slot limit on largemouth bass. All
                      year’s regulations. Changes from last          size and daily creel limits. A 12-inch       largemouth bass caught between 12
                      season are printed in bright blue in           minimum size limit and no daily creel        and 15 inches must be immediately
                      complete detail throughout this guide to       limit on channel catfish.                    released.
                      assist you in noticing those changes.        • Dix River from Herrington Lake Dam         • Lake Jericho (Henry County): Posses-
                                                                     downstream for two miles: Brown              sion or use of shad for bait is prohibited.
                      FISHING                                        trout now under statewide regulations      • Lake Mingo ( Jessamine County): A
                      • Gigging, snagging and bowfishing is          for minimum size and daily creel limits.     15-inch minimum size limit with a 3
                        now allowed on all trout streams ex-       • Doe Run Lake (Kenton County):                fish daily creel limit on largemouth
                        cept for the Cumberland River from           Possession or use of shad for bait is        bass. A 4 fish daily creel limit on
                        Wolf Creek Dam to the Tennessee              prohibited. A 15-inch minimum size           channel catfish with no minimum
                        state line. This includes Hatchery           limit with a 3 fish daily creel limit        size limit.
                        Creek and all other tributaries of this      on largemouth bass. A 4 fish daily         • Lake Pollywog (Grant County): A
                        section of the Cumberland River for          creel limit on channel catfish with no       15-inch minimum size limit with a 3
                        1/2 mile upstream of their conflu-           minimum size limit.                          fish daily creel limit on largemouth
                        ence with the Cumberland River. It         • Fishpond Lake: (Letcher County): Boats       bass. A 4 fish daily creel limit on
                        is still illegal to gig, snag or bowfish     with electric (trolling) motors only are     channel catfish with no minimum
                        for trout. Please see the sections on        now allowed on Fishpond Lake.                size limit.
                        gigging and snagging (page 16) and         • General Butler State Park Lake (Car-       • Lake Shelby (Shelby County): A 15-
                        bowfishing (page 17).                        roll County): Possession or use of           inch minimum size limit with a 3 fish
                      • Barkley Lake: The daily creel limit on       shad for bait is prohibited. A 15-inch       daily creel limit on largemouth bass.
                        crappie is now 20 fish per day.              minimum size limit on largemouth             A 4 fish daily creel limit on channel
                      • Cave Run Lake: An 18-inch mini-              bass with a 3 fish daily creel limit.        catfish with no minimum size limit.
                        mum size limit on smallmouth bass.           A 4 fish daily creel limit on channel      • Laurel River Lake: There is now a 2 fish
                      • Cedar Creek Lake (Lincoln County):           catfish with no minimum size limit.          daily creel limit on smallmouth bass.
                        The 9-inch minimum size limit on           • Kentucky Lake: A 20 fish daily creel       • Leary Lake (Grant County): Bluegill
                        crappie is now removed. (30 fish             limit on crappie.                            now under statewide regulations for
                        daily creel limit remains.) Blue-          • Lake Blythe (Christian County):              minimum size and daily creel limits.
  
• Martin County Lake (Martin                          daily creel limits.                            • Peabody WMA: Goose, Island and




                                                                                                                                                 FISHING REGULATIONS
  County): Boats with electric (troll-              • New Haven Optimist Lake (Nelson                  South Lakes: Bluegill, redbreast
  ing) motors only are now allowed on                 County): A 15-inch minimum size                  sunfish, channel catfish and walleye
  Martin County Lake.                                 limit with a 3 fish daily creel limit            now under statewide regulations for
• Mauzy Lake (Union County): Large-                   on largemouth bass. A 4 fish daily               minimum size and daily creel limits.
  mouth bass now under statewide                      creel limit on channel catfish with no         • Taylorsville Lake WMA ponds: A 3 fish
  regulations for minimum size and                    minimum size limit.                              daily creel limit on largemouth bass.



                               STATEWIDE REGULATIONS
Some waterbodies have different size and creel limits, please refer to the “Special Fishing Regulations” section for more details.

                SPORT FISH SPECIES                                 Daily Limit                Possession Limit          Minimum Size Limit
                         Largemouth Bass                               6*                            12*                         12”
 BLACK BASS




                         Smallmouth Bass                               6*                            12*                         12”
                     Kentucky (Spotted) Bass                           6*                            12*                         none
                            Coosa Bass                                 6*                            12*                         none
                          Rock Bass                                    15                            30                          none
                        Redear Sunfish                                 20                            40                          none
                                                                                                                         15” on walleye and
               Walleye, sauger and their hybrids                       6*                            12*
                                                                                                                       hybrids; none on sauger
                         Muskellunge                                   1                              2                          30”
                        Chain Pickerel                                 5                             10                          none
                        Northern Pike                                 none                          none                         none
              White, hybrid striped & yellow bass                    15**                           30**                        none**
                         Striped bass                                  5                              5                          15”
                   Crappie (black & white)                            30*                            60*                         none
                        Rainbow trout                                                                                            none
                                                                Daily limit 8, only 3 may be brown trout
                         Brown trout                                                                                             12”
                         Brook trout                                                        Catch and release only

* Singly or combined; a total of these species
** No more than 5 fish in the daily creel limit may be more than 15 inches long.
Fish not included in this list are considered rough fish. There are no size or creel limits for rough fish, unless special regulations apply.



STATEWIDE SIZE                                                              Squeezed tail                 Q:    How is a daily creel limit
AND CREEL LIMITS                                                                                          different than a possession limit?
(301 KAR 1:060, 1:201;
KRS 150.010)                                                                                              A: The daily creel limit is the
     Fishing season is                                                                                    number of a particular sport fish
open year-round in Ken-                                   length                                          species you may keep in one day’s
tucky, except on water-                                                                                   fishing. A possession limit is the
fowl refuges and as otherwise noted in              MEASURING FISH                                        maximum number of sport fish a
this guide. Statewide size and creel limits         (301 KAR 1:201)                                       person may hold in the field after
apply to all Kentucky waters, public and                 Measure all fish from the tip of the             two or more days of fishing.
private, except some waters have differ-            lower jaw (closed) to the tip of the tail
ent limits (see, “Special Fishing Regula-           with fish laid flat on rule with tail lobes
tions”.) The Kentucky Trout Waters in-              squeezed together. Undersized fish must               Ask first!!
formation is now incorporated into this             be returned immediately to the waters                 Always ASK FIRST before entering
guide. Please see page 26.                          from which they were taken in the best                privately owned land.
                                                    possible physical condition.
                                                                                                                                                         
FISHING REGULATIONS                                                 OTHER SPECIES
                      BULLFROGS                                     this Commonwealth. Blueback herring               Marrowbone creeks where sport cast
                      (301 KAR 1:082)                               are not native to Kentucky and may not            mesh size must be made of 1-inch bar
                           The taking season for bullfrogs          be imported or possessed in this state.           mesh only, 4) from the mouth of Cro-
                      opens at noon on the third Friday in                Holders of sport fishing licenses           cus Creek upstream for 50 yards.
                      May (May 16, 2008) and runs through           may take live bait from public waters                All sport fish incidentally taken
                      Oct. 31. If a gun or bow and arrow are        and may possess up to 500 minnows, 500          while capturing live bait with seines, dip
                      used, a hunting license is required. If       crayfish, 25 spring lizards or dusky sala-      nets or cast nets must be released imme-
                      frogs are taken by pole and line, a fish-     manders, 5 frogs (other than bullfrogs),        diately and unharmed into the water.
                      ing license is required. If frogs are taken   100 tadpoles, 100 native lampreys, 500
                      by gig or by hand, then either hunting or     other aquatic invertebrate organisms
                      fishing license is valid. The daily noon-     other than mussels, 500 shad (except on
                      to-noon creel limit for bullfrogs is 15.      lakes where shad possession/use is pro-
                      The possession limit is 30.                   hibited), 500 herring and any number of
                                                                    unshelled Asiatic clams. A commercial
                      TURTLES                                       license is required to take live bait from
                      (301 KAR 1:058)                               public waters open to commercial fish-
                            Anglers may take snapping turtles       ing for the purpose of selling.
                      (except alligator snapping turtles) and             Regardless of size or how obtained,
                      softshell turtles year round by the same      it is illegal to use any sport fish for bait.
                      methods legal for taking rough fish spe-      (Sport fish species listed on page 5).
                      cies. Commercial fishing gear may not         Minnows are defined as all fish, except
                      be used to take turtles. A hunting license    sport fish species, less than 6 inches long.
                      is required when taking turtles by gun or     Also, see page 24 for a description of fish
                      by bow and arrow. Otherwise a fishing         species protected in Kentucky under the
                      license is required.                          Endangered Species Act – these fish
                            Turtle traps may be one of two          species shall not be taken for any use.
                      kinds: either a barrel or drum with a tilt-   Bluegills are not sport fish and may be
                      ing trigger board or a floating log raft      taken for bait as described above.
                      with an enclosed twine or wire mesh                 Live bait may be taken with the fol-
                      bag. Turtle traps must be inspected daily.    lowing gear:                                       NEED A PLACE TO FISH?
                      All turtles must be removed daily except      • Dip Nets: Maximum size of 3 feet in
                      one decoy turtle may remain. Any other           diameter is legal in the Ohio, Tennes-          Check out new fishing informa-
                      species (except soft shelled and snapping        see and Mississippi rivers, Cumberland          tion on waterbodies all over
                      turtles) caught in a turtle trap must be         River below Barkley Dam, Kentucky               Kentucky by logging on to the
                      released unharmed.                               River below Lock No. 14, and all lakes          Kentucky Department of Fish and
                                                                       having 1,000 or more surface acres.             Wildlife Resources’ website at
                      GRASS CARP HARVEST                            • Minnow Traps: Maximum legal size                 fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Fishing”
                      PROHIBITED                                       statewide: 3 feet long, 18 inches in di-        tab, then click on “Where to
                      (301 KAR 1:201)                                  ameter, 1-inch openings for catching.           Fish” and lastly “Find A Place
                           Harvesting grass carp is prohib-         • Seines: Maximum legal size statewide:            to Fish.” Anglers may search
                      ited in any lake owned or managed by             10 feet long, 4 feet deep, 1/4-inch             lakes, rivers and creeks for boat
                      the Kentucky Department of Fish and              mesh. Maximum legal size in the Ohio            ramps and access points, what
                      Wildlife Resources. Anglers who catch a          and Mississippi rivers and Kentucky             species are available and maps of
                      grass carp from one of these lakes must          and Barkley lakes: 30 feet long, 6 feet         how to get there plus other useful
                      immediately return the fish to the water         deep and 1/4-inch bar mesh.                     information.
                      where it was caught. Grass carp are used      • Sport Cast Nets: Maximum sport cast
                      to control aquatic vegetation. Signs are         net size is 20 feet in diameter with            Also, log on to fw.ky.gov to find
                      posted at applicable lakes.                      maximum 1-inch bar mesh statewide               the 2008 Fishing Forecast found
                                                                       except in the following waters. Sport           under the “Where to Fish” tab.
                      LIVE BAIT FOR PERSONAL USE                       cast nets prohibited in: 1) lakes having        The Fishing Forecast details the
                      (301 KAR 1:130, 1:122)                           fewer than 500 surface acres, 2) any of         anticipated fishing success for
                           No live fish, live bait fish or live        the streams and tailwaters listed in the        each species in the major wa-
                      bait organisms that are not native or            “Trout Waters” section of this guide,           terbodies of Kentucky based on
                      established in Kentucky waters shall be          3) tributaries of the Cumberland Riv-           population samples conducted by
                      bought, sold, possessed, imported, or in         er between Wolf Creek Dam and the               KDFWR fisheries biologists.
                      any way used or released into waters of          Tennessee state line except Crocus and
  
                 SPECIAL FISHING REGULATIONS




                                                                                                                                           FISHING REGULATIONS
(301 KAR 1:080, 1:180, 1:201, 4:100,          upstream to the Hwy. 200 bridge must          BULLOCK PEN LAKE
4:200E; KRS 150.010, 150.025)                 be immediately released. Only artificial      Grant and Boone counties
                                              baits shall be used during this period.       • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum
SPECIAL REGULATION WATERS                                                                     size limit.
LISTED ALPHABETICALLY                         BEAVER LAKE
     The public waters listed below have      Anderson County                               CANE CREEK
different size and/or creel limits than            Possession or use of shad for bait is    Laurel County
statewide regulations allow. Statewide        prohibited.                                        All trout caught from October 1
size and creel limits apply unless other-     • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum            through March 31 must be immediately
wise mentioned below. Special boating           size limit.                                 released and only artificial baits shall be
regulations are listed in the Boating sec-    • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum            used during this period.
tion of this guide.                             size limit.
     Some privately owned waters may                                                        CARNICO LAKE
have special size and creel limits as post-   BERT COMBS LAKE                               Nicholas County
ed by signs. Always ASK FIRST before          Clay County                                   • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
entering privately owned land.                    Possession or use of shad for bait is       size limit.
                                              prohibited.
BARK CAMP CREEK                                                                             CARPENTER LAKE
Whitley County                                BESHEAR LAKE                                  Daviess County
     All trout caught from October 1          Caldwell County                                   Possession or use of shad for bait is
through March 31 must be immediately          • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum            prohibited.
released and only artificial baits shall be     size limit.
used during this period.                                                                    CARR CREEK LAKE
                                              BIG BONE CREEK                                • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.
BARKLEY, KENTUCKY LAKES                       Boone County                                  • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
(and their connecting canal)                       All trout caught from October 1            15-inch minimum size limit.
• Crappie: 10-inch minimum size limit,        through March 31 must be immediately
  20 fish daily creel limit.                  released and only artificial baits shall be   CARTER CAVES STATE PARK
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             used during this period.                      LAKE (also called Smokey Valley
  15-inch minimum size limit.                                                               Lake)
• Sauger: 14-inch minimum size limit.         BOLTZ LAKE                                         Fishing during daylight hours only.
                                              Grant County                                       Possession or use of shad for bait is
BARKLEY TAILWATER – See                            Possession or use of shad for bait is    prohibited.
Cumberland River                              prohibited.                                   • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
                                              • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum              size limit, 3 fish daily or in possession.
BARREN RIVER LAKE                               size limit.
     The boundaries of Barren River                                                         CASEY CREEK
Lake are from the dam upstream to the         BRIGGS LAKE                                   Trigg County
Highway 100 bridge, Long Creek to             Logan County                                       All trout caught from October 1
the Highway 100 bridge, Beaver Creek              Possession or use of shad for bait is     through March 31 must be released im-
to the Highway 1297 bridge, Skaggs            prohibited.                                   mediately and only artificial baits shall
Creek to the Matthews Mill Road                                                             be used during this period.
bridge and Peter Creek to the Peter           BUCKHORN LAKE
Creek Road bridge.                            • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             CAVE RUN LAKE
• Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.           15-inch minimum size limit.                       Gigging and snagging prohibited
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             • Muskellunge: 40-inch minimum size           in the main lake and all tributaries up
  15-inch minimum size limit except             limit, one fish daily limit.                to the first riffle. The location of the
  1 fish in the daily limit or 2 in the       • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.         first riffle may change depending on
  possession limit may be less than 15                                                      water levels.
  inches long.                                                                              • Largemouth Bass: 13 to 16-inch pro-

BEAVER CREEK
                                                Fish propagation                               tective slot limit. All largemouth bass
                                                                                               between 13 and 16 inches in length
Wayne County                                    It is unlawful to use public waters            must be released immediately.
All trout caught from October 1                 for the private or commercial               • Smallmouth Bass: 18-inch minimum
through March 31 in the section of              propagation of fish.                           size limit.
Beaver Creek from the Hwy. 90 bridge
                                                                                                                                                   
                      CEDAR CREEK LAKE                             section of the Cumberland River, it               protective slot limit. One fish over 21
FISHING REGULATIONS   Lincoln County                               counts toward the daily trout creel
                                                                   limit. Anglers may not attract or chum
                                                                                                                     inches and one fish under 16 inches
                                                                                                                     may be kept daily.
                           Possession or use of shad for bait is
                      prohibited.                                  trout with bait, corn or other                  • Sauger: 14-inch minimum size limit,
                      • Largemouth Bass: 20-inch minimum           attractants designed to draw numbers              10 fish daily limit.
                        size limit, 1 fish daily limit.            of trout to a specific area. This               • Rainbow and Lake Trout: April
                      • Crappie: 30 fish daily creel limit, no     includes all tributaries up to the first          1-Oct. 31: no size limit, 7 fish
                        minimum size limit.                        riffle and in Hatchery Creek.                     daily limit (only 2 may be lake trout).
                      • Bluegill and Redear Sunfish                • Brown Trout: 20-inch minimum size               Nov.1-March 31: 22-inch size limit, 2
                        (shellcracker): Refer to statewide            limit, 1 fish daily limit, also applies to     fish daily limit, singly or combined.
                        regulations.                                  all tributary streams.                       • Walleye: 16-inch minimum size limit,
                      • Channel Catfish: No daily creel            • Rainbow Trout: 15 to 20-inch                    5 fish daily limit.
                        limit, 12-inch minimum size limit.            protective slot limit. All trout caught
                                                                      between 15 and 20 inches must be             DEWEY LAKE
                      CHIMNEY TOP CREEK                               immediately released. Five fish daily        • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
                      Wolfe County                                    limit, only one rainbow trout may be           15-inch minimum size limit.
                           A 16-inch minimum size limit and           longer than 20 inches. Also applies to
                      1 fish daily creel limit for brown trout        all tributary streams.                       DIX RIVER from Herrington Lake
                      and only artificial baits may be used.                                                       Dam downstream for two miles
                                                                                                                       Fishing with artificial lures or flies only.
                      CLEAR CREEK                                    Q: May I fish around a dock or                • Brown Trout: Refer to statewide
                                                                                                                     regulations.
                      Bell County                                    a marina?
                           All trout caught from October 1
                      through March 31 shall be immediately
                      released and only artificial baits may be
                                                                     A: It depends. Public marinas                 DOE RUN LAKE
                                                                                                                   Kenton County
                                                                     on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                      used.                                          Lakes have contractual agreements                  Possession or use of shad for bait
                                                                     that address lease space on public            is prohibited.
                      CORINTH LAKE                                   waters. The Corps presently allows            • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
                      Grant County                                   the marina owners or operators to               size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit
                           Possession or use of shad for bait is     post signs that prohibit fishing within       • Channel Catfish: Four fish daily
                      prohibited.                                    150 feet of their floating structures.          creel limit, no minimum size limit
                      • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum             These agreements do not prohibit
                        size limit.                                  a person from fishing in their boat           DOG FORK
                                                                     rental slip. This policy does not apply       Wolfe County
                      CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL                        to privately owned boat docks on                   Only artificial baits with a single
                      HISTORICAL PARK                                Corps lakes.                                  hook shall be used. Brook Trout must
                      (301 KAR 1:035)                                                                              be immediately released.
                      Special fishing regulations are in effect
                      on Cumberland Gap National Histori-          CUMBERLAND RIVER from Lake                      EAST FORK INDIAN CREEK
                      cal Park. For complete fishing informa-      Barkley Dam downstream to conflu-               Menifee County
                      tion on this area contact: Cumberland        ence with Ohio River                                 All trout caught from October 1
                      Gap National Historical Park, PO Box              Snagging only permitted down-              through March 31 shall be immediately
                      1848, Middlesboro, KY 40965, phone           stream of U.S. 62 bridge with a daily           released and only artificial bait shall be
                      (606) 248-2817.                              creel limit of 8 fish. Harvesting of            used during this period.
                                                                   sportfish by snagging is prohibited.
                      CUMBERLAND RIVER, includ-                    Snagging anglers cannot release or cull         ELKHORN CREEK in Franklin
                      ing Hatchery Creek, below Lake               any snagged paddlefish.                         County from confluence of North
                      Cumberland from Wolf Creek Dam               • Sauger: 14-inch minimum size limit.           and South forks downstream to
                      to the Tennessee state line                                                                  Kentucky River
                           All licensed anglers must pos-          DALE HOLLOW LAKE                                • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
                      sess a trout permit on this portion of       • Crappie: 10-inch minimum size limit,            12 to 16-inch protective slot limit.
                      Cumberland River. This also includes           15 fish daily limit.                            Largemouth and smallmouth bass
                      Hatchery Creek and all tributaries up        • Black Bass creel: includes largemouth,          caught between 12 and 16 inches
                      to the first riffle.                           smallmouth and Kentucky (spotted)               long must be immediately released.
                           Trout stocking dates will no longer       bass – 5 fish daily limit on black bass         Daily limit of 6 may include no more
                      be announced.                                  singly or combined, only two of which           than 2 fish longer than 16 inches.
                           Anglers shall not cull trout by re-       may be smallmouth bass.
                      placing a trout in their possession with     • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum              ELK SPRING CREEK
                      another trout. Once an angler holds a          size limit.                                   Wayne County
                      trout in their possession on this            • Smallmouth Bass: 16 to 21-inch                   All trout caught from October 1
  
through March 31 must be immediately          KENTUCKY, BARKLEY LAKES                       • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum




                                                                                                                                          FISHING REGULATIONS
released and only artificial baits shall be   (and their connecting canal)                    size limit.
used during this period.                      • Crappie: 10-inch minimum size limit,
                                                20 fish daily creel limit.                  LAKE MINGO
ELMER DAVIS LAKE                              • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             Jessamine County
Owen County                                     15-inch minimum size limit.                 • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
     Possession or use of shad for bait is    • Sauger: 14-inch minimum size limit.           size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit.
prohibited.                                                                                 • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel
• Largemouth Bass: 12 to 15-inch pro-         KENTUCKY LAKE TAILWATER                         limit, no minimum size limit.
  tective slot limit. All largemouth bass     – see Tennessee River
  between 12 and 15 inches in length                                                        LAKE POLLYWOG
  must be released immediately.               KINCAID LAKE                                  Grant County
• Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum            Pendleton County                              • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
  size limit.                                 • Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum              size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit.
                                                size limit.                                 • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel
FAGAN BRANCH LAKE (also called                                                                limit, no minimum size limit.
Lebanon City Lake, Marion County)             LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             NATIONAL RECREATION AREA                      LAKE SHELBY
  12 to 15-inch protective slot limit.        (301 KAR 1:031)                               Shelby County
  All largemouth and smallmouth bass               Special fishing regulations are in       • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
  between 12 and 15 inches long must          effect for ponds and small lakes within         size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit.
  be released immediately.                    Land Between the Lakes National               • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel
                                              Recreation Area. For complete fishing           limit, no minimum size limit.
FISHTRAP LAKE                                 information on this area, anglers should
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             contact: Land Between the Lakes Na-           LAUREL RIVER LAKE
  15-inch minimum size limit.                 tional Recreation Area, Golden Pond,          • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
                                              KY 42231, phone (270) 924-2000.                 size limit.
GENERAL BUTLER STATE PARK                                                                   • Smallmouth Bass: 18-inch minimum
LAKE                                          LAKE BLYTHE                                     size limit, 2 fish daily creel limit.
Carroll County                                Christian County                              • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit,
     Possession or use of shad for bait       • Largemouth Bass: 12 to 15-inch                15 fish daily limit.
is prohibited.                                  protective slot limit. All largemouth
• Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum              bass caught between 12 and 15 inch-         LEARY LAKE
  size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit          es must be immediately released.            Grant County
• Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel                                                            Fishing during daylight hours only.
  limit, no minimum size limit.               LAKE CHUMLEY                                  • Bluegill: Refer to statewide regulations.
                                              Lincoln County                                • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily, 8 fish
GOLDEN POND (Land Between the                     Fishing during daylight hours only.         possession limit.
Lakes National Recreation Area)                                                             • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
• Channel Catfish: 15-inch minimum            LAKE CUMBERLAND                                 size limit, 3 fish daily, 6 fish posses-
  size limit, 5 fish daily creel limit.       • Crappie: 10-inch minimum size limit.          sion limit.
                                              • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
GRAYSON LAKE                                    size limit.                                 LEBANON CITY LAKE – see Fagan
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             • Smallmouth Bass: 18-inch minimum            Branch Lake
  15-inch minimum size limit.                   size limit.
                                              • Striped Bass: 24-inch minimum size          LEFT FORK, BEAVER CREEK
GREENBO LAKE                                    limit, 2 fish daily and possession limit.   Floyd County
Greenup County                                                                                   All trout caught from October 1
     Possession or use of shad for bait is    LAKE JERICHO                                  through March 31 must be immediately
prohibited.                                   Henry County                                  released and only artificial baits shall be
• Bluegill and other Sunfish: 15 fish              Possession or use of shad for bait       used during this period.
  daily creel limit.                          is prohibited.
                                              • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum            LICK CREEK
GREEN RIVER LAKE                                size limit.                                 Simpson County
• Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.                                                            All trout caught from October 1
                                              LAKE MALONE                                   through March 31 must be immediately
GUIST CREEK LAKE                              • Largemouth Bass: 12 to 15-inch              released and only artificial baits shall be
Shelby County                                   protective slot limit. All largemouth       used during this period.
• Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum              bass caught between 12 and 15 inches
  size limit.                                   must be immediately released.
                                                                                                                                                  
                      LINCOLN HOMESTEAD STATE                         may be less than 15 inches long.           Goose, Island and South Lakes:
FISHING REGULATIONS   PARK LAKE                                                                                  • Bluegill: Refer to statewide regulations
                                                                                                                 • Channel Catfish: Refer to statewide
                      Washington County                             OHIO RIVER – see also, “Bordering
                           Fishing during daylight hours only.      Waters” page 15                                regulations
                      Possession or use of shad for bait is         • Walleye, Sauger and their Hybrids:         • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum
                      prohibited.                                     no minimum size limit, 10 fish daily         size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit.
                      • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily, 8 fish         limit, singly or combined.                 • Redbreast Sunfish: Refer to state-
                        possession limit.                           • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped             wide regulations.
                      • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum              Bass and their Hybrids: 30 fish daily      • Walleye & Hybrids: Refer to state-
                        size limit; 3 fish daily limit.               limit, only 4 fish in daily limit may be     wide regulations.
                                                                      15 inches or longer.                       • Frogs: May not be taken by any
                      MARION COUNTY LAKE                                                                           method on Goose, Island and South
                           Possession or use of shad for bait is    OTTER CREEK                                    lakes.
                      prohibited.                                   Meade County
                      • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum                  All trout caught in Fort Knox          PENNYRILE LAKE
                        size limit.                                 Military Reservation and in Otter            Christian County
                                                                    Creek Park from October 1 through            • Largemouth Bass: 12 to 15-inch
                      MAUZY LAKE                                    March 31 must be immediately released          protective slot limit. All largemouth
                      Union County                                  and only artificial baits shall be used        bass between 12 and 15 inches must
                      • Largemouth Bass: Refer to statewide         during this period. Fort Knox Military         be immediately released.
                        regulations.                                Reservation requires the purchase of a
                                                                    $10 permit to fish and is closed to fish-    PIKEVILLE CITY LAKE
                      MCNEELY LAKE                                  ing on Tuesdays. Anglers must check-in       Pike County
                      Jefferson County                              with the Fort Knox Hunt Control Of-          • Largemouth Bass: All largemouth
                          Possession or use of shad for bait is     fice at (502) 624-2712 before each day’s       bass caught must be immediately
                      prohibited.                                   fishing. There is a one-mile section of        released.
                                                                    Otter Creek as posted by signs in Fort
                      MIDDLE FORK, RED RIVER                        Knox Military Reservation where trout        POOR FORK and its tributaries
                      Powell County                                 fishing is open to statewide regulations.    Letcher County
                           Within the Natural Bridge State                                                            Downstream to the first crossing of
                      Park, all trout caught from October 1         PAINT CREEK                                  Highway 932, only artificial baits with
                      through March 31 must be immediately          Johnson County                               single hook shall be used. Brook Trout
                      released and only artificial baits shall be         16-inch minimum size limit and         must be immediately released.
                      used during this period.                      1 fish daily creel limit on trout from
                                                                    the KY 40 bridge downstream to the           REBA LAKE
                      MILL CREEK LAKE                               first U.S. 460 bridge crossing and only      Madison County
                      Powell and Wolfe counties                     artificial baits shall be used.                   Possession or use of shad for bait is
                           Possession or use of shad for bait is                                                 prohibited.
                      prohibited.                                   PAINTSVILLE LAKE                             • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
                      • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum            • Largemouth Bass: 12 to 15-inch               15-inch minimum size limit, 3 fish
                        size limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.         protective slot limit. All largemouth        daily limit.
                                                                      bass caught between 12 and 15 inches
                      NEW HAVEN OPTIMIST LAKE                         must be released immediately.              ROCK CREEK
                      Nelson County                                 • Smallmouth Bass: 18-inch minimum           McCreary County
                      • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum              size limit.                                      From Bell Farm Bridge upstream
                        size limit, 3 fish daily creel limit.                                                    to Tennessee state line, all trout caught
                      • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel         PARCHED CORN CREEK                           from October 1 through March 31
                        limit, no minimum size limit.               Wolfe County                                 must be immediately released and only
                                                                         Only artificial baits with single       artificial baits shall be used during this
                      NOLIN RIVER LAKE                              hook shall be used. Brook Trout must         period.
                           Lake upper boundary extended             be immediately released.
                      to the Wheelers Mill Road bridge in                                                        ROUGH RIVER LAKE
                      the Nolin River arm and to the Hwy.           PEABODY WMA LAKES                            • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.
                      728 bridge in the Bacon Creek arm                  Fishing open March 16 through           • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
                      (formerly defined as first riffle upstream    October 14, during daylight hours only.        15-inch minimum size limit except
                      in Bacon Creek and Nolin River).              In addition to a fishing license, a $15.00     1 fish in the daily limit or 2 in the
                      • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit.         user permit is required of persons age         possession limit may be less than 15
                      • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:             16 and over while on Peabody WMA.              inches long.
                        15-inch size limit, except 1 fish in the    Permits can be purchased where fishing
                        daily limit or 2 in the possession limit    licenses are sold.
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SHANTY HOLLOW LAKE                           Van Buren Boat Ramp and the Hwy.                  closed to snagging year round. The area




                                                                                                                                              FISHING REGULATIONS
Warren County                                248 bridge is open to fishing November            from the I-24 bridge to the confluence
     Possession or use of shad for bait is   1 through November 14.                            with the Ohio River is open to snag-
prohibited.                                  • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit,             ging year round. There is now a daily
• Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum             15 fish daily limit, possession limit 30.       creel limit of 8 fish in aggregate and
  size limit.                                • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:                 shall not exceed the daily creel limit for
• Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum             15-inch minimum size limit.                     any sport fish in which the creel limit
  size limit.                                                                                  is under 8 fish per day. Snagging must
                                             TAYLORSVILLE LAKE WMA                             cease if any sport fish daily creel limit is
SHILLALAH CREEK                              PONDS                                             attained. All fish snagged, except shad
Bell County                                  • Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum                or herring, must be kept and counted
     Outside the Cumberland Gap                size limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.           toward the daily creel limit. Snag-
National Park as posted, only artificial     • Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily creel limit.      ging anglers cannot release or cull any
baits with single hook shall be used.                                                          snagged paddlefish.
Brook Trout must be immediately              TENNESSEE RIVER from Ken-                         • Sauger: 14-inch minimum size limit.
released.                                    tucky Lake Dam downstream to
                                             confluence with Ohio River                        WOOD CREEK LAKE
SPORTSMAN’S LAKES                                 The area from Kentucky Dam to                Laurel County
Franklin County                              the new U.S. 62 bridge will be open to            • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
• Upper Sportsman’s Lake: Fishing            snagging 24 hours per day from Janu-                15-inch minimum size limit
  during daylight hours only. Possession     ary 1 through May 31. From June 1                 • Crappie: 9-inch minimum size limit
  or use of shad for bait is prohibited.     through December 31, the area is open
• Channel Catfish: 4 fish daily limit, 8     to snagging from sunset to sunrise. The           YATESVILLE LAKE
  fish possession limit.                     area of the Tennessee River from the              • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:
• Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:            new U.S. 62 bridge to the I-24 bridge is            15-inch minimum size limit.
  15-inch minimum size limit, 3 fish
  daily limit, 6 fish possession limit.
• Lower Sportsman’s Lake: Fishing
  during daylight hours only. Only
  children 12 years of age and younger
                                                DISPOSE OF BAIT ON
  may fish, 3 fish daily limit regardless
  of species.                                   LAND OR IN THE TRASH
SPURLINGTON LAKE                                - NOT IN THE WATER
Taylor County
    Possession or use of shad for bait is       Bait and non-native plants and animals
prohibited.
                                                hitchhiking in bait can harm our lakes
SWIFT CAMP CREEK                                and rivers.
Clifty Wilderness, Wolfe County
     All trout caught from October 1
through May 31 shall be released im-
                                                PROTECT
mediately and only artificial baits shall       OUR
be used during this period.                     WATERS...
SYMPSON LAKE                                    For more
Nelson County                                   information about
• Largemouth Bass: 15-inch minimum              non-natives, visit
  size limit.                                   www.sgnis.org

TAYLORSVILLE LAKE
     Lake upper boundary extended to
Dry Dock Road on Salt River (formerly
defined as first riffle upstream in Salt
River). The area east of Van Buren Boat
Ramp as marked by buoys and signs is             Developed by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois National History Survey, and Department
closed to all hunting, fishing, boating          of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois.
and trespassing (except for quota deer
hunts) November 1 through the last day
of February, except the area between
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FISHING REGULATIONS                              LICENSES AND PERMITS
                                                   LICENSE / PERMIT                                          Resident              Nonresident

                       Annual Hunting (deer, elk or turkey)                                                   $20.00                 $130.00
                       Annual Fishing                                                                         $20.00                 $50.00
                       Joint Husband/Wife Annual Fishing                                                      $36.00                    *
                       1-Day Fishing                                                                          $7.00                  $10.00
                       Nonresident 7-Day Fishing                                                                 *                   $30.00
                       Nonresident 15-Day Fishing                                                                *                   $40.00
                       Trout Permit                                                                           $10.00                 $10.00
                       1-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk or turkey)                                      $.00                  $10.00
                       5-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk or turkey)                                         *                   $40.00
                       Annual Youth Hunting (ages 15 and under only)                                          $5.00                   $5.00
                       Annual Combination Hunting/Fishing                                                     $30.00                    *
                       Senior/Disabled Combination Hunting/Fishing                                            $5.00                     *
                       Deer Permit (statewide) (two deer)                                                     $30.00                 $60.00
                       Youth (15 and under) Deer Permit (one deer)                                            $10.00                 $10.00
                       Bonus Antlerless Deer Permit (two deer)                                                $15.00                 $15.00
                       Bonus WMA Quota Hunt Deer Permit (two deer)                                            $30.00                 $30.00
                       Spring Turkey Permit (statewide) (two turkeys)                                         $30.00                 $60.00
                       Youth (15 and under) Turkey Permit (one turkey, spring or fall)                        $10.00                 $10.00
                       Fall Turkey Permit (statewide)(four turkeys)                                           $30.00                 $0.00
                       Kentucky Waterfowl Permit                                                              $15.00                 $15.00
                       Migratory Bird Permit                                                                  $10.00                 $10.00
                       Annual Trapping                                                                        $20.00                 $130.00
                       Annual Landowner/Tenant Trapping                                                       $10.00                    *
                       Annual Youth Trapping                                                                  $.00                     *
                       Sportsman’s License**
                       (Includes combination hunting/fishing, statewide deer permit, all spring and           $95.00                    *
                       fall turkey permits, state waterfowl permit and trout permit.)

                       Youth (1 and under) Sportsman’s License**
                       (Includes youth hunting license, youth deer permit and youth turkey permit.            $2.00                 $2.00
                       Fishing license, waterfowl permit and trout permit not required for youth.)
                       Elk Lottery Application                                                                $10.00                 $10.00
                       Elk Quota Hunt Permit (if drawn)                                                       $30.00                 $365.00
                       Out-of-Zone Elk Permit                                                                 $30.00                 $3.00
                       Peabody WMA User Permit                                                                $15.00                 $15.00
                       Land Between the Lakes (LBL) User Permit                                               $20.00                 $20.00
                       Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit
                                                                                                              $.00                   $.00
                       (available online at fw.ky.gov only)
                       Federal Migratory Bird “Duck” Stamp (available at post offices)                        $15.00                 $15.00
                      * Not available
                      ** Peabody and LBL User Permits, Elk Lottery Application, Elk Quota Hunt Permit, Out-of-Zone Elk Permit and Federal Duck
                      Stamp not included.
                      Annual licenses and permits are valid from the date of purchase through the last day in February. New licenses are required
                      annually March 1. A 1- or 5-day hunting license is valid only for the period shown on the license.
                      Beginning with the 200-0 license year, all resident and nonresident kids under the age of 12 will no longer have to purchase

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                      licenses or permits (except the Elk Lottery Application, Elk Quota Hunt Permit and Out-of-Zone Elk Permit).
                                BUYING LICENSES AND PERMITS




                                                                                                                                             FISHING REGULATIONS
      Kentucky fishing (and hunt-
ing) licenses and permits can be pur-
chased from more than 1,000 locations              By Internet:                                  By phone:
throughout the Commonwealth. Most                  Visit fw.ky.gov                               Call toll-free 1-877-598-2401
Wal-mart, K-mart, county court clerk               Persons purchasing online:                    Persons purchasing by phone:
offices and outdoor sporting goods stores          1. Must use Visa, Mastercard or               1. Must use Visa, Mastercard,
sell licenses. A complete list of license             Discover;                                     Discover or e-check;
retailers can be found on the internet at          2. Must provide their name, ad-               2. Will be charged a small fee;
fw.ky.gov.                                            dress, date of birth and Social            3. Must provide their name, ad-
      Unless license exempt, anglers must             Security number;                              dress, date of birth and Social
purchase and carry the correct type of             3. Must print their own paper                    Security number;
fishing license and/or permit while fish-             license/permit at the end of their         4. Will be issued a paper license/
ing. Anglers who purchase a “paper” li-               purchase; and                                 permit by mail;
cense must fill in their signature, address,       4. Will not receive a paper license/          5. Will be issued an authoriza-
                                                      permit in the mail.                           tion number which serves as
city, state, zip code, eye color, hair color,
                                                                                                    a license/permit until paper
sex, height and weight in the blanks pro-
                                                                                                    license/permit is issued; and
vided on the license prior to fishing.                                                           6. Must have the authorization
      Hunting and fishing license sales              All Kentucky hunting and fish-                 number in addition to a picture
may be handled by phone or the internet         ing licenses and permits, except Youth              ID while hunting, if they have
and may be purchased 24-hours a day. Ex-        Hunting Licenses, Youth Deer Permits,               not yet received their paper
cept for a Senior/Disabled License, Youth       Youth Trapping licenses and Resident                license/permit in the mail.
Hunting License, Youth Deer Permits and         Joint Husband/Wife fishing licenses,
Youth Trapping licenses, all other licenses     can be purchased through the Kentucky
can be purchased over the phone.                Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov.



                   LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS
                                                  wide without a license, but must carry       with the resident senior/disabled
  License expiration                              proper identification and papers show-       combination license and resident
                                                  ing furlough status.                         sportsman’s license. All licensed anglers
  Annual license/permit
                                                • Residents and nonresidents ages 15           fishing the portion of the Cumberland
  authorization numbers are valid
                                                  and younger.                                 River from Wolf Creek Dam to the
  from the date of purchase through
                                                • Persons fishing on the first Saturday        Tennessee state line, its tributaries up to
  the last day in February. New
                                                  and Sunday in June ( June 7-8, 2008)         the first riffle and all of Hatchery Creek
  licenses are required annually
                                                  during Free Fishing Days are not re-         are required to possess a trout permit.
  March 1. A temporary fishing
  license is valid for the period                 quired to have a license or permit.          (See the Trout section in this guide for
  shown on the license. (301) KAR               • Persons fishing within the boundaries        details and for a complete list of waters
  3:022                                           of Mammoth Cave National Park.               where trout are present.)
                                                      A resident is anyone who has es-
                                                tablished permanent and legal residence        RESIDENT SPORTSMAN’S
WHO NEEDS A LICENSE?                            in Kentucky and resided here at least 30       LICENSE (SAVE $50!)
(KRS 150.010, 150.170)                          days immediately prior to applying for              Residents who both hunt and fish
     All persons must fill out and carry        a license. Full-time students enrolled in      for several species may want to consider
the proper license and permit to fish           an educational institution for at least a      the Resident Sportsman’s License. This
any Kentucky waters except the follow-          six-month term and service personnel           license includes a combination hunt-
ing (for permit requirements see “Trout         on permanent assignment in Kentucky            ing and fishing license, spring turkey
Permit” on this page):                          are also classified as residents. All others   permit (two turkeys), fall turkey permit
• The resident owner of farmlands, his          are considered non-residents for licens-       (four turkeys), statewide deer permit
  spouse and dependent children may             ing purposes.                                  (two deer), state waterfowl permit and
  fish on their land without a license.                                                        trout permit. Purchased separately, these
  Tenants, their spouses and dependent          TROUT PERMIT                                   items would cost $50 more than buying
  children may fish without a license on        (301 KAR 1:201)                                the Sportsman’s package deal. WMA
  farmlands where they live and work.           Unless license exempt, anglers who             user permits, an elk draw permit and
• Resident servicemen on furlough of            intend to keep trout must have a trout         bonus deer permits must be purchased
  more than three days may fish state-          permit ($10). A trout permit is included       separately. Sportsman’s License holders
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                      must fill out a hunter harvest survey for
FISHING REGULATIONS   migratory birds.
                                                                    RESIDENT DISABILITY LICENSE
                      RESIDENT SENIOR                               Who qualifies?
                      (65 AND OLDER) LICENSE                              The following are eligible to purchase the discounted ($5) Senior/Dis-
                           Kentucky residents 65 years of age       abled Combination Hunting and Fishing License (which includes the same
                      and older who present proof of age and        license and permits as the Resident Senior License described at left:
                      residency are eligible to purchase the        • Kentucky residents certified totally and permanently disabled by the
                      discounted Senior/Disabled Combina-              Federal Social Security Administration, a state Workers Compensation
                      tion Hunting and Fishing License ($5).           Board, the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System or the United States
                      Those eligible for this special license are      Railroad Retirement Board.
                      not required to purchase any other state      • Kentucky resident employees of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
                      permits or bonus permits to keep trout,          declared totally and permanently disabled by a recognized authority.
                      hunt deer, turkey or waterfowl or other       • Kentucky resident veterans at least 50% disabled as the result of a
                      migratory birds. WMA user permits and            service-connected disability.
                      elk quota hunt application permits must             Persons with the disabilities listed above must first obtain a disability
                      be purchased separately. Seniors should       authorization card to be able to purchase this special $5 license from a
                      carry ID with proof of age/residency          license vendor or online at fw.ky.gov.
                      while hunting or fishing. The minimum
                      value of the hunting/fishing privileges of
                      this special discounted license is $145.
                                                                    To obtain a disability license
                                                                    authorization card:
                                                                                                                   Contacting us
                                                                    If your disability is through the:           Except for those who
                                                                    • Federal Social Security Administra-        qualify for a Disability
                         Carry proof                                  tion: Contact your local Social Secu-      License through Worker’s
                                                                                                                 Compensation, mail or fax
                         Holders of Senior/Disabled
                                                                      rity office and request a form showing
                                                                                                                 your disability certification to:
                         Combination Licenses who qualify             your name, address, Social Security
                         for the license due to an eligible           number and date of birth, which states
                                                                                                                 KDFWR Disability License
                         disability must carry both the               that you are disabled and drawing
                                                                                                                 #1 Sportsman’s Lane
                         license and authorization card               benefits. Send form to KDFWR.              Frankfort, KY 40601
                         while hunting and fishing. Note            • Veteran’s Administration: Contact          FAX: (502) 564-9368
                         that once a person who qualifies             your local VA office and request a letter
                         for this disability license reaches          that verifies you are at least 50% dis-    You may also bring the
                         age 65, he or she is considered              abled as a result of a service-connected   documentation in person to the
                         a senior for licensing purposes,             disability. Send letter to KDFWR.          KDFWR office in Frankfort at
                         and no longer needs to follow the          • State Worker’s Compensation                #1 Sportsman’s Lane during
                         process of obtaining a disability            Board: Request an application from         business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30
                         license authorization card.                  the KDFWR, fill it out and send to the     p.m. Eastern Monday - Friday.
                                                                      State Worker’s Compensation Board.
                                                                    • United States Railroad Retirement
                                                                      Board: Contact the Board and request a letter stating you are 100%
                        Q: How long is my disability                  totally and permanently disabled. Send letter to KDFWR.
                        authorization card valid?                   • Kentucky Teacher Retirement System: Contact the Teacher Retire-
                                                                      ment System and request written documentation stating you are on
                        A: The disability authorization               disability retirement. Send documentation to KDFWR.
                        card is good for 3 years (check the         • United States Office of Personnel Management: Contact the federal Of-
                        expiration date on your card). Every          fice of Personnel Management and obtain certification of employment and
                        3 years, you must provide updated             documentation of being 100% disabled. Send documentation to KDFWR.
                        paperwork (following the instructions            Once the proper documentation is processed, applicants will receive
                        to the right) and get a new card.           by mail an authorization card that allows the individual to purchase the
                                                                    $5 discounted Senior/Disabled Combination Hunting & Fishing License
                                                                    from ANY license vendor or online at fw.ky.gov.
                      PAY LAKES
                      (KRS 150.660)                                 The authorization card is not a license.
                           A person fishing in a pay lake li-           The authorization card must be presented to the license seller, or the
                      censed by the Kentucky Department of          authorization number entered online, at the time of purchase. License ven-
                      Fish and Wildlife Resources needs ei-         dors cannot sell a disability license using an expired authorization card.
                      ther a Kentucky fishing license or a free         Senior/Disabled Combination Licenses are valid through the end of
                      permit issued by the operator. If the lake    February like any other license. If you lose your card, you may contact the
                      is not licensed by the operator, anglers      KDFWR at the above address for a replacement.
                      need a valid Kentucky fishing license.
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FREE FISHING DAYS
                                                                   BORDERING WATERS




                                                                                                                                         FISHING REGULATIONS
(301 KAR 1:210)
     Every year Kentucky offers free
fishing days the first weekend in June             All Kentucky anglers who fish re-              Sport fishing license holders shall
( June 7-8, 2008). On free fishing days       ciprocal waters must have a valid Ken-        abide by the regulations in the state in
no license (including the Kentucky trout      tucky fishing license.                        whose waters they are fishing and when
permit) is required of residents or non-                                                    fishing in waters they are not licensed to
residents to fish any Kentucky waters. All    OHIO RIVER FISHING                            fish, shall comply with the most restric-
other fishing regulations remain in effect.   (KRS 150.170)                                 tive regulation.
Free fishing days are offered to promote            An angler with a Kentucky fishing
fishing and National Fishing Week.            license may fish the entire main stem of      DALE HOLLOW LAKE
                                              the Ohio River from a boat, or a bor-              Anglers may use either a Tennes-
                                              dering state’s bank without buying the        see or a Kentucky sport fishing license
  Lost licenses and                           other state’s license (bordering states in-   while fishing in the Wolf River arm of
  permits                                     clude Illinois, Indiana and Ohio).
                                                    This does not apply if fishing a bor-
                                                                                            Dale Hollow Lake. This includes the
                                                                                            Illwill Creek embayment beginning at a
  Persons who need a replacement              dering state’s embayments or tributaries,     line crossing the Wolf River at its mouth
  license or permit have two options:         which begin at a straight line between        where it joins the Obey River and the
  1. Purchase the same type of li-            opposite points where the tributary or        main part of the lake.
      cense or permit from any license        embayment meets the main stem of the               Anglers must obey the regulations
      vendor, ask them for a license          river.                                        of the state in which they are licensed.
      refund form, fill it out and send             Anglers fishing from a bordering        Kentucky residents must have a Ken-
      it to: KDFWR Licensing, #1              state’s bank must follow the size and         tucky license.
      Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort,            creel limits of the state where the angler
      KY 40601. You will receive a            is located. For example, a Kentucky li-       KENTUCKY LAKE
      refund minus a $5 handling fee.         censed angler can stand on the Indiana             On Kentucky Lake, anglers with ei-
  2. Send $5, your name, address,             bank and fish the main stem of the Ohio       ther a valid Kentucky or Tennessee sport
      date of birth and Social Securi-
                                              River without an Indiana fishing license,     fishing license may fish from Eggner’s
      ty number, and which license(s)
                                              but must abide by Indiana’s size and          Ferry Bridge (U.S. 68 and Hwy. 80) in
      or permits you lost to: KDFWR
                                              creel limits.                                 Kentucky south to the Governor Ned
      Licensing, #1 Sportsman’s
                                                    Reminder: No snagging for any fish      McWhorter Bridge (U.S. 79 and Hwy.
      Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.
      The KDFWR will replace the
                                              species on the Indiana side or in any In-     76) in Tennessee. This includes all embay-
      license/permit you identify as          diana waters of the Ohio River.               ments and tributaries, except the Blood
      lost, once verification of original                                                   River embayment in Kentucky. Anglers
      purchase occurs.                        MISSISSIPPI RIVER                             must abide by the fishing regulations of
                                              (KRS 150.170)                                 the state in which they are fishing.
                                                    Anglers licensed in Kentucky may
                                              fish Missouri portions of the Mississippi     BIG SOUTH FORK OF THE
                                              River without buying a Missouri fishing       CUMBERLAND RIVER
                                              license. Each state recognizes the sport           Anglers may use either a Tennes-
                                              fishing licenses and permits of the other     see or a Kentucky sport fishing license
                                              state on the Mississippi River. The river     while fishing that portion of the Big
                                              is defined as the main channel and im-        South Fork from the Leatherwood Ford
                                              mediate side or secondary channels and        bridge (Highway 297) in Tennessee to
                                              chutes. It does not include oxbow or          the Highway 92 bridge at Yamacraw,
                                              floodplain lakes or any tributary streams.    Kentucky.
                                              A tributary is delineated by the straight          Anglers must obey the regulations
                                              line between opposite points where the        of the state in which they are licensed.
                                              tributary connects with the main body         Kentucky residents must have a Ken-
                                              of the Mississippi River. Furthermore,        tucky license.
                                              the river does not include backwaters
  STOP AQUATIC                                that extend onto the floodplain or tribu-     OTHER BORDERING WATERS

  HITCHHIKERS!™                               taries when the river exceeds 33 feet at
                                              the gauging station at Cairo, Illinois.
                                                                                                 On all other bordering waters,
                                                                                            boundaries are set by state lines. Obey
                                                    Sport fishing license or permit         the laws of the state in which you are
       Prevent the transport of
                                              holders may fish from, or attach any          fishing.
           nuisance species.
                                              device or equipment to land along the
   Clean all recreational equipment.
                                              river under the jurisdiction of the other
                                              state. Landowner permission is required
                                              to fish from the bank.
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FISHING REGULATIONS                                          FISHING METHODS
                                                                     Barkley Dam and Highway 62 bridge,
                         No firearms                                 or below the following Ohio River
                                                                     dams from the face of the dam to the
                                                                                                                    Q: May I clean my fish while
                                                                                                                    on the water?
                         Fish may not be taken with use of           end of the outer lock wall: Smithland,
                         a firearm.                                  Newburgh, Cannelton, Markland,
                                                                     Meldahl and Greenup; McAlpine
                                                                                                                    A: Anglers shall not remove any
                                                                                                                    part of the head or tail of any fish
                                                                     downstream to the K&I railroad bridge;         for which there is a size or creel
                      SPORT FISHING TROTLINES,                       J.T. Meyers (Uniontown) to the end of          limit until finished fishing and off the
                      JUGGING and SET LINES (LIMB                    the outer lock wall and that portion of        water.
                      LINES)                                         the split channel around the southern
                      (301 KAR 1:410; KRS 150.010)                   part of Wabash Island from the fixed
                            A sport fishing trotline is a line       weir dam to the first dike.                 less of condition, all sport fish taken by
                      with no more than 50 single or multi-                                                      gigging and snagging must be immedi-
                      barbed baited hooks that must be at least      GIGGING AND SNAGGING FISH                   ately returned to the water except in the
                      18 inches apart. A sport fishing trotline      (301 KAR 1:410, 1:082; KRS 150.010)         Tennessee River below Kentucky Dam.
                      must be set at least three feet below the           Gigging means spearing or impal-            There are special snagging regula-
                      water’s surface. Jugging is fishing with a     ing fish on any pronged or barbed in-       tions for the Kentucky Lake tailwater
                      single baited line attached to any float-      strument attached to the end of any rig-    (Tennessee River) and the Lake Barkley
                      ing object. A jug line may have no more        id object. Snagging means taking fish or    tailwater (Cumberland River). Please
                      than one single or multi-barbed hook. A        other aquatic animals by a rapid drawing    refer to the Special Fishing Regulations
                      set line is a line with one single or multi    motion (rather than enticement by bait)     section of this guide before snagging on
                      barbed hook. It may be attached to a tree      using a hand-held pole and attached line    these waters.
                      limb, tree trunk, bank pole or other sta-      with a single or one multiple fish hook.         The area from Kentucky Dam to
                      tionary object on the bank of a stream or           A person may gig or snag fish from     the new U.S. 62 bridge will be open to
                      impoundment.                                   the bank. Snagging is not legal from a      snagging 24 hours per day from January
                            One person may use no more than          boat. Gigging is legal from a boat only     1 through May 31. From June 1 through
                      two sport fishing trotlines or 50 jug lines    on lakes 500 surface acres or larger and    December 31, the area is open to snag-
                      (per boat) or 25 set lines at any one time.    only during daylight hours.                 ging from sunset to sunrise. The area of
                      Each sport fishing trotline, jug line or set        Gigging and snagging are not legal     the Tennessee River from the new U.S.
                      line must be: 1) permanently labeled           from a platform or within 200 yards of a    62 bridge to the I-24 bridge is closed
                      with the name and address of the user;         dam, except below Kentucky Dam. Oth-        to snagging year round. From the I-24
                      2) baited, checked and all fish removed        erwise, gigging/snagging is permitted       bridge to the confluence with the Ohio
                      at least once every 24 hours; 3) removed       day or night in all portions of lakes and   River is open to snagging year round.
                      from water, bank or tree when fishing          streams open to these methods (refer to     There is a daily creel limit of 8 fish and
                      ceases.                                        prohibited areas below).                    shall not exceed the daily creel limit for
                            Prohibited Areas: Sport fishing               There is a statewide limit of 2 pad-   any sport fish in which the daily creel
                      trotlines, jug lines or set lines may          dlefish for either gigging or snagging,     limit is under 8 fish per day. Snagging
                      not be used within 200 yards below             except in the Lake Barkley tailwater        must cease after any sport fish daily creel
                      any dam. Sport fishing trotlines, jug          (Cumberland River) and in the Ken-          limit is attained. However, snagging is
                      lines or set lines are not allowed in          tucky Lake tailwater (Tennessee River)      not allowed on the newly installed fish-
                      Department owned/managed lakes                 up to 8 paddlefish may be taken daily.      ing piers and jetties. All fish snagged be-
                      having less than 500 surface acres,            Snagging anglers must cease snagging        low Kentucky Dam must be kept except
                      except those located on Ballard, Swan          once they attain the two fish daily creel   shad or herring.
                      Lake and Peal WMAs. No sport fishing           limit on paddlefish on all waters open           In the Tennessee River below Ken-
                      trotlines are allowed within 700 yards         to snagging. Snagging anglers cannot        tucky Dam, a snagging rod, including the
                      below Kentucky Dam, the area between           release or cull any snagged paddlefish.     handle, may not be longer than 7-1/2 feet
                                                                          The season for gigging and/or          and must be equipped with line, guides
                                                                     snagging rough fish is from February 1      and reel. Only one hook may be attached
                        Q: How many fishing poles am                 through May 10 (except below Kentucky       to the line, either single or treble. Except,
                        I allowed to have while fishing?             Dam). It is illegal to possess a gig on a   in Green River, Rolling Fork River and
                                                                     stream or lake or in a boat from No-        their tributaries, up to five single or treble
                        A: As many as you want. There                vember 1 through January 31. Except,        hooks may be used for snagging. In the
                        is no limit on the number of fishing         persons may gig rough fish through the      Cumberland River below Barkley Dam,
                        poles (or fishing rods) an angler may        ice any time the surface is frozen thick    snagging is only permitted down stream
                        use at one time.                             enough to stand upon. The gigger must       of the U.S. 62 bridge with a daily creel
                                                                     gig while supported by the ice. Regard-     limit of 8 paddlefish.
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     Prohibited Areas: Gigging and              hours only. Tickling and noodling             taries for 1/2 mile upstream of their con-




                                                                                                                                           FISHING REGULATIONS
snagging fish are prohibited in the fol-        means taking fish directly by hand, or        fluence with the Cumberland River.
lowing waters:                                  with the aid of a handled hook. These               Persons using a bow and arrow for
• Cave Run Lake including all tributar-         methods are permitted in all waters. The      fishing must have the appropriate fish-
  ies up to the first riffle (The location of   daily creel limit is 15 rough fish, no more   ing license and may take rough fish from
  the first riffle may change depending         than 5 of which can be catfish.               bank or boat. There is no limit on other
  on water level)                                                                             rough fish.
• Cumberland River, below Wolf Creek            BOW FISHING
  Dam downstream to the Tennessee               (301 KAR 1:410)                               SPEAR FISHING
  line including Hatchery Creek and all              Rough fish may be taken year-            (301 KAR 1:410)
  tributaries for 1/2 mile upstream of          round by bow and arrow with line at-               Underwater spearing of rough fish
  their confluence with the Cumberland          tached. Sport fish may not be taken with      with hand-held or mechanically pro-
  River                                         a bow and arrow. Catfish have a daily         pelled spear is permitted year-round, but
• Cumberland River, below Barkley Dam           creel limit of 5 (in aggregate) and pad-      only in lakes having 1,000 surface acres
  downstream to the U.S. 62 bridge              dlefish have a daily creel limit of 2. Bow    or more. All participants in this sport
                                                fisherman may fish within 200 yards of        must be submerged while spear fishing.
TICKLING AND NOODLING                           a dam, except by boat in boat restricted      Only rough fish may be taken and the
(301 KAR 1:410; KRS 150.010)                    areas. Bow fishing is prohibited on the       appropriate fishing license is required.
    The tickling and noodling (hand             Cumberland River below Wolf Creek             The daily limit is 15 fish of which only 5
grabbing) season for rough fish is June         Dam downstream to the Tennessee line,         may be catfish.
1 through August 31, during daylight            including Hatchery Creek and all tribu-




               o Fish Habitat Restoration o
         A National Issue - A Kentucky Initiative




                                                                                                                 The goal

                       Fish require healthy habitats. Degraded habitat
                       translates into fewer fish and fishing opportunities.
                       Kentucky has over 90,000 miles of streams and rivers.
                       Many of these streams are in need of restoration and
                       would qualify for habitat restoration funding.

                       KDFWR administers a new multi-agency
                       program with funds for stream restoration and
                       enhancement. For more information contact the
                       Stream Restoration Program, # 1 Sportsman’s Lane,
                       Frankfort, KY 40601 or call 1-800-858-1549.                                         The problem

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