Fishing

Crappie & Catfish Ready for Cleaning
Doug Wynn

Fishing in Land Between The Lakes

Bass, crappie, catfish, redear and other panfish are commonly sought after at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Additionally, Land Between The Lakes features four smaller lakes and several ponds for those looking to eliminate water.

In LBL, there are nearly two-dozen lake access areas with launch ramps that are free of charge.  Outside LBL, across the waters of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, there are many marinas to stock up on fuel, bait, ice, supplies, food and drinks and more.

Kentucky and Tennessee have reciprocal fishing license agreements so you don't have to follow the state lines when on Kentucky Lake between Eggners Ferry Bridge (US 68/KY 80) at the Paris Landing Bridge (US 79).

Fishing Reports & News

You can obtain in-depth current fishing reports on Explore Kentucky Lake.  There are several how-to articles on the site as well as creel and size limit information, tournaments, navigation charts and much more.

Fishing Guides

Need some help fishing Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley? Here are our recommend fishing guides available for hire.

Woods and Water Guide Service

33 Outland School Road
Murray, KY  42071
(270) 227-2443
  • Licensed & Insured
  • 40 Years Experience
  • 20' Triton Boat
  • Prime Redear & Bluegill Fishing in May/June
Fully rigged crappie bass boat all tackle provided specializing in spider rigging. Guided spring turkey hunts also available.
Woods and Water Guide Service

Crappie Gills N' More

157 Chase Loop
Benton, KY  42025
(270) 703-7600
  • Equipment Provided
  • Family-Friendly
  • No Alcohol
  • 4 & 6-hour Trips
  • Hummingbird Tech
  • '19 Excel Bay Pro 230
  • 250 HP Suzuki Engine
  • Taxidermy Service
With 50 years of experience fishing Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, let me give you a fishing experience you'll not forget! Fish with me for crappie, bluegill, redear and catfish. My specialty is trolling for crappie with my custom-painted crankbaits and longlines. Fully licensed!
Crappie Gills N' More

Captain Penrod's Guide Service

68 Kit Carson Lane
Benton, KY  42025
(270) 804-5276
  • US Coast Guard Lic.
  • Licensed/Insured
  • All Skill Levels
  • Tourney Prep Trips
  • Fully Equipped Boats
All skill levels welcome! We fish both Kentucky & Barkley lakes with a fully-equipped 20' bass boat (tackle, bait, GPS and Sonar). We also have a handicapped-accessible pontoon boat available for larger groups.
Captain Penrod's Guide Service

Cedar Ridge Guide Service

3175 Mt. Sinai Road
Buchanan, TN  38222
(731) 336-8907
  • Family-friendly
  • 21' Triton/Mercury
  • Bass/Crappie
  • Bluegill/Redear
  • Licensed/Insured
  • Equipment supplied
  • Fish cleaning incl.
I grew up on the banks of Kentucky Lake. With extensive lake knowledge you're sure to have a successful trip. Come spend a day or two with me and we will catch some fish of your choice. I fish for bass/crappie year around and also bluegill and redear in May and June. All equipment is provided and I'll even clean your fish! Y'all come see me!
Cedar Ridge Guide Service

Sugar Creek Charters

300 Woodlawn Ave.
Murray, KY  42071
(270) 978-0885
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Bass/Crappie/Panfish
  • Pontoon Trips
  • Crankbait Trolling
  • Spider Rigging
  • Equipment Supplied
  • 20' Skeeter
  • 20' Pontoon
Featuring two fully rigged boats to suit your fishing needs. We can help you with tournament prep, or take the family out to make some good memories on either of these beautiful lakes! We are fully licensed and insured in Kentucky and Tennessee. Come make a memory with me!
Sugar Creek Charters

John Morgan's Guide Service

2060 Turner Rd.
Murray, KY  42071
(270) 978-0307
  • Licensed for 17 Years
  • Multi-Species Angling
  • Year-Round Fishing
  • Technique Teaching
  • GPS Welcomed
Don't spend your whole trip looking for fish, let me put you on them. I personally guarantee your satisfaction with your trip.
John Morgan's Guide Service

Lucky Lady Guide Service

313 Hill Estates Lane
Benton, KY  42025
270-816-3102
  • Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Bass
  • White Bass
  • USCG Licensed
  • Insured
  • 20' Stratos
  • Lowrance
I'm Eric Ashley, providing a professional fishing guide service fishing on the north end of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. I target crappie, bluegill, white and yellow bass. Sometimes my clients and I even pick up a catfish or two! I'm U.S. Coast Guard licensed and insured. Come fish with me!
Lucky Lady Guide Service

Papa's Fishin' For Fun

300 Whippoorwill Cove
Benton, KY  42025
(815) 761-7287
  • 35+ Years Experience
  • 22" EBBTide Mystique
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Family Fishing
  • Children Welcome
  • All Equip. Supplied
  • Coast Guard Cap. Lic.
  • USCG Auxiliary Mem.
I have a captain's license with the Coast Guard and I am a licensed fishing guide with Kentucky. My boat is rated to carry 12 people, so it's not a problem to take out up to six folks at a time. My Ebbtide features high gunnels, so it's great for young kids and older adults.
Papa's Fishin' For Fun

Rodney Hairgrove Guide Service

30 Big Bear Resort Rd
Benton, KY  42025
(270) 362-0147
  • 20 Years Exp.
  • 20' Ranger Z520
  • Crappie & Bass
  • Bluegill & Redear
  • Licensed & Insured
  • Fish Cleaning
  • Friendly Service
  • Latest Technology
Out of Big Bear Resort on Kentucky Lake, licensed fishing guide Rodney Hairgrove takes fishermen on his fully-rigged bass boat to secluded bays of deep waters ideal for luring bass, crappie, smallmouth, panfish, sauger, white bass and catfish anglers.
Rodney Hairgrove Guide Service

Captain Kirk's Guide Service

11442 US Hwy 68 East
Benton, KY  42025
(270) 354-6017
  • 25+ Years Experience
  • Licensed & Insured
  • 20-ft Bass Boat
  • US Coast Guard Lic.
  • Ky State Lic.
  • All Species
  • Year-Round Trips
I fish for every game species in the lake: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Red Ears, Bluegills, White Bass, Stripers, Sauger, Catfish and even Yellers. The fact that this lake has such species diversity is one of it's many attributes. Something is ALWAYS biting!! I have been a full time guide on this lake for 25 years.
Captain Kirk's Guide Service

Brandon Hunter Fishing

399 Dusty Trail Road
Benton, KY  42025
(270) 703-7777
  • FLW Touring Pro
  • Electronics Training
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Tourney Prep Trips
  • U.S. CG Lic/Ins
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Ranger Z520C
Fish with Brandon Hunter, a professional fishing guide for Kentucky Lake. Fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass just for fun or have Brandon help you prep for your next tournament. Sonar help also available.
Brandon Hunter Fishing

Kick'n Bass Guide Service

Captain Richard Bay
Benton, KY  42044
(270) 205-7603
  • Full Time Guide
  • Fish for all Species
  • HD Electronics
  • Lowe Fishing Pontoon
  • State-of-the-Art
Don't let our name fool ya... we fish for all species of game fish. Kick'n Bass Guide Service brings over a decade of experience in angling on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes! Guiding for the novice to the pro.
Kick'n Bass Guide Service

Big Kahuna's Guide Service

227 Cape Fair
Gilbertsville, KY  42044
(270) 559-1366
  • 35 Years Exp.
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • White Bass
  • Equip. Furnished
  • Fish Cleaned
Don Schnuck is the owner of Big Kahuna Guide Service. Don has 35 years of experience with fishing Kentucky Lake. He is based out of Moors Resort and specializes in catfish, crappie, white bass, and bluegill.
Big Kahuna's Guide Service

Loveless Outdoor Adventures


Murray, KY  42071
270-210-7843
  • Bowfishing
  • Catfishing
  • Duck Hunting
  • Summer Panfish Trips
  • 24' Sea Ark
  • 4 & 6 Hr. Trips
Damian Loveless offers bowfishing, catfishing and duck hunting guide services in the Kentucky Lake region. He'll even take you "noodling" for catfish.
Loveless Outdoor Adventures

Fish Tales Guide Service

Tacklebox Lane
Murray, KY 42071
(765) 277-0395

Cap'n Bly's Guide Service

152 Hughes Road
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-5176

Kevin Frey's All-Pro Guide Service

Kevin Frey
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-8167

Weakley's Guide Service

Brad Weakley
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 354-9974

Dan Dolack Guide Service

Dan Dolack
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 753-0919

Kentucky Lake Guide Service

1405 Hubbard's Lane
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 507-4824

Craig Hipsher's Guide Service

586 Ridge Loop Rd
Aurora, KY 42025
(270) 354-5221

AAA Guide Service

96 Cedar Point Rd
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 205-2233

HandiCapable Guide Service

PO Box 421
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
(270) 362-0970

Hog Heaven Guide Service

1355 Hammond Road
Farmington, KY 42040
(270) 978-2686