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Kentucky isn?t historically known for its trout streams, but thanks to prolific stocking efforts by state and federal agencies, anglers can head to over 100 locations and cast a fly to hungry rainbows, browns, and brookies while taking in the beautiful Appalachian scenery. But fly fishing in Kentucky isn?t limited to trout; several lakes and reservoirs throughout the state give anglers access to bass, walleye, striped bass, huge musky, and more.
Some of the Bluegrass State?s best trout fishing happens on the Cumberland River, a tailwater that flows cold year-round below Cumberland Lake and supports trophy-class rainbow and brown trout for nearly 75 miles. The Cumberland is best fished from a boat since much of the land surrounding the river is privately owned and access is limited. For beginning anglers, one of the most unique trout streams in the country runs into the Cumberland: Hatchery Creek, a man-made trout stream freshly stocked with rainbow trout every month. For more of a wilderness fishing experience, anglers should head to the Daniel Boone National Forest where dozens of creeks and rivers carve their way through the Appalachians. Some of the best brown trout fishing in Daniel Boone can be found in Bark Camp Creek and the East Fork of the Indian River. Trammel Fork is where you?ll find large numbers of rainbows, and in Parched Corn Creek and the Dog Fork, some the state?s only brook trout swim in the swift currents and pocket waters.
For anglers in search of larger, more powerful fish, Lake Cumberland is grounds for some of the best striper fishing in the state, with fish reaching into the 50-pound range. Cave Run Lake in the north end of the Daniel Boone National Forest is the place to go to hook into massive musky, with opportunities to catch largemouth bass, walleye, and many other species. Most of the waters in Kentucky are open year-round for fishing, but some have delayed harvest or catch and release only periods, so be sure to check with local regulations before heading out.
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