Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Kentucky
All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in area lakes and streams.
Dale Hollow Lake, Laurel River Lake, Paintsville Lake and Wood Creek Lake are the large lakes in Kentucky with a healthy population of trout.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 14 lbs 6 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 3.65 lbs
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 21.0 lbs
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 5 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Kentucky State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from the Cumberland River.
The state record brook trout was taken out of the Cumberland River.
The state record brown trout came from the Cumberland River.
The state record lake trout was caught in the Cumberland River.
Visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife for specific information about trout stocking in Kentucky.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Kentucky waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.