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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, hybrid striped bass and muskie at Fishtrap Lake in Kentucky.

Fishtrap Lake, KY

A boat launch ramp at each end of Fishtrap Lake provides easy access for boating and fishing on the lake. It is a 1,130-acre lake in the eastern corner of Kentucky, 10 miles southeast of Pikeville.

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Fishtrap Lake, located in eastern Kentucky, is a scenic destination known for its excellent fishing opportunities, boating adventures, and camping experiences. Nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, Fishtrap Lake offers a peaceful retreat for outdoor enthusiasts.

Fishing at Fishtrap Lake is a popular activity, attracting anglers from near and far. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. Anglers can cast their lines from the shoreline, fish from boats, or explore the lake's numerous coves and inlets. The lake's diverse fishery ensures that both novice and experienced anglers have the opportunity to reel in a memorable catch.

Nature lovers will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery that surrounds Fishtrap Lake. The lake is surrounded by wooded hillsides, creating a picturesque backdrop for outdoor adventures. Hiking trails and birdwatching opportunities are available nearby, allowing visitors to explore the natural wonders of the area.

Fishtrap Lake is a hidden gem in Kentucky, offering a serene and scenic environment for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. Its diverse fish populations, tranquil waters, and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for outdoor activities. Whether you're casting a line, cruising the lake, or spending a night under the stars, Fishtrap Lake provides a memorable experience in the heart of Kentucky's wilderness.

Fishing enthusiasts can peruse about 40 miles of shoreline by boat in search of hybrid stripers, bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish and musky. Some areas for fishing from the bank are available near boat launch ramps and other places where country roads access the lake. There is no marina, rental boats, lodging or amenities at the lake, so come prepared. Camping is available off Grapevine Road, or near the dam.

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Primary fish species residing in Fishtrap Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Stripers Muskie

Fishtrap Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a favored pastime on Fishtrap Lake, as the expansive waters provide ample space for boating adventures. Boaters can cruise along the calm waters, enjoying the scenic beauty and tranquility of the lake. Whether you're paddling in a kayak, piloting a pontoon boat, or speeding across the water on a ski boat, Fishtrap Lake offers a delightful boating experience. The lake features boat ramps for easy access, ensuring that boaters can make the most of their time on the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fishtrap Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Fishtrap Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Grapevine Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, northeast side, off Grapevine Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lick Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, south side, off Lick Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping at Fishtrap Lake allows visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and enjoy the serenity of the area. The lake offers campgrounds and RV parks that provide a range of camping options, from tent sites to full RV hookups. Campers can relax in the peaceful ambiance, enjoy campfire evenings, and take advantage of amenities such as picnic areas and nature trails. Fishtrap Lake's campgrounds provide an ideal setting to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Grapevine Campground - 606 437-7496

US Army Corps of Engineers Campground - 606 437-7496

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Contact Information

Fishtrap Lake
Grapevine Campground
100 Old Rd
Phyllis, KY 41554
606 437-7496


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