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Taylorsville Lake, KY

Popular Fish Species Taylorsville Lake, KY

Taylorsville Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Taylorsville Lake offers good fishing for largemouth bass, but there is a lot of fishing pressure due to the close proximity of Lexington and Louisville. Lately the fishing here for bass has been decent, and some big bass do roam Taylorsville Lake, thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. A big help is the healthy food supply and the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Taylorsville Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Taylorsville Lake Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie reside in good numbers, and grow to big fat slabs throughout Taylorsville Lake. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Taylorsville Lake Popular Fish - Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid striped bass, also known as wipers, are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Taylorsville Lake, as they are plentiful and grow to bragging size. As a hybrid of striped bass and white bass, they have great potential for spawning massive numbers and growing to large sizes. Fishing for hybrid stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and schools of hybrid striped bass are likely to be in the area. Mornings, during Fall, hybrids can be caught on topwater or shallow running lures, as they are feeding on baitfish at the surface. When they move deeper, fish finders improve your odds of locating both bait and schools of wipers. Live bait, spoons and jigs are very very effective here, and these hungry fish can be caught year round.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, hybrid striped bass and saugeye at Taylorsville Lake in Kentucky.

An absolute recreation paradise, Taylorsville Lake is loaded with fish and surrounded by beauty. Anglers come to catch bass, crappie, white bass, sunfish, saugeye, hybrid stripers and catfish from this 3,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Taylorsville, KY.

Taylorsville Lake, located in central Kentucky, is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and camping. Nestled amidst rolling hills and scenic landscapes, this picturesque lake offers a serene and impressive outdoor experience.

Fishing at Taylorsville Lake is a highlight for anglers of all skill levels. The lake is known for its diverse fish populations, including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, and white bass. Anglers can cast their lines from the shoreline or explore the lake's various coves and channels in boats. Taylorsville Lake's healthy fishery ensures ample opportunities for anglers to reel in prized catches and enjoy memorable fishing adventures.

Whether you're casting a line, exploring the lake by boat, or spending a night under the stars at a campsite, Taylorsville Lake offers a serene and scenic escape in the heart of Kentucky. Its diverse fish populations, calm waters, and picturesque landscapes make it an ideal destination for fishing, boating, and camping adventures. So pack your fishing gear, launch your boat, or set up camp near the lakeshore, and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of Taylorsville Lake.

These fertile waters are banded by 93 miles of shoreline. In spring and fall anglers concentrate on these shorelines as bass, crappie and sunfish move shallow. During summer and winter the fish move deeper to more comfortable temperatures, following the baitfish which are doing the same. White bass and hybrids tend to school, follow baitfish and generally hang out deeper. Catfish can be caught year round and often relate to creek and river channels. Pontoons, power boats and jon boats are available for rent at the marina. Bring a kayak, canoe or a fishing boat to explore the lake in pursuit of your favorite species. Five paved boat launch ramps are available for public use. Most amenities for camping, boating and fishing trips can be found at the lake or in nearby Taylorsville.

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Primary fish species residing in Taylorsville Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass Saugeye

Taylorsville Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favored activity on Taylorsville Lake, thanks to its calm waters and beautiful surroundings. Boaters can cruise along the lake, taking in the stunning vistas and tranquil atmosphere. Whether you're paddling a kayak, piloting a pontoon boat, or enjoying water sports, Taylorsville Lake offers a pleasant boating experience. The lake provides boat ramps for easy access, allowing boaters to make the most of their time on the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Taylorsville Lake Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and jon boats
502 477-8766

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Chowning Lane Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Chowning Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Possom Ridge Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Taylorsville Lake Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Settlers Trace Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Van Buren Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Van Buren Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Taylorsville Lake Marina
1240 Settlers Trace Rd
Taylorsville, KY 40071
502 477-8766

Fishing Guides On Taylorsville Lake, KY

Central Kentucky Fishing Guide - hybrid striped bass, crappie

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Taylorsville Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping at Taylorsville Lake offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in nature and enjoy the tranquility of the area. The lake provides campgrounds and RV parks that cater to different camping preferences, from tent sites to full RV hookups. Campers can relax amidst the peaceful surroundings, unwind by campfires, and take advantage of amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and hiking trails. Taylorsville Lake's campgrounds create an inviting setting for families and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Taylorsville Lake State Park Campground - 502 477-0086

Taylorsville RV Park - 502 354-1110

Taylorsville Lake KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Taylorsville Lake
Taylorsville Lake Marina
1240 Settlers Trace Rd
Taylorsville, KY 40071
502 477-8766


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