Lake Barkley, Kentucky Fishing

Fishing Information: Lake Barkley is one of the most popular fishing lakes in Ohio. It is located in Livingston, Lyon and Trigg Counties and covers 49,083 acres of which 39, 496 are located in Kentucky. Lake Barkley was built by the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 after Barkley Dam had been finished. The lake is named after Vice President Alben Barkley as is the dam.

Species List: According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife  Resources, Lake Barkley contains numerous species of popular fish. So, what type of fish are in this lake? You can find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, White Crappie, White Bass, Redear Sunfish, Striped Bass and Sauger on these waters.

Species Regulations

Largemouth Bass: 15 inches or more- creel limits apply

Smallmouth Bass: 15 inches or more- creel limits apply

Black Crappie: 10 inches or more- limit 20 per angler

White Crappie: 10 inches or more- limit 20 per angler

Redear Sunfish: Statewide Regulations Apply

White Bass: Statewide Regulations Apply

Striped Bass: Statewide Regulations Apply

Sauger: 14 inches or more- limit 6 per angler

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Marinas on Lake Barkley

Marina Name: Lake Barkley Marina

Address:4200 State Park Road Cadiz, KY 42211

Phone: (270) 924-6081


Marina Name: Hu-B’s at Kuttawa Harbor


Phone: (270) 338-9563


Marina Name: Eddy Creek Marina Resort

Address: 7612 State Route 93 South, Eddyville, KY 4203

Phone: (270) 388-2271


Marina Name: Buzzard Rock Marina

Address: 985 Buzzard Rock Rd, Kuttawa, KY

Phone: (270) 388-7925


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