Kentucky Float Fishing Trips

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Kentucky is home to plenty of flowing, tree canopied streams that hold smallmouth bass, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWD)

For paddlers considering a float fishing trip in the state, the agency recommends several waterways that hold smallmouth bass and other species.


Best Kentucky Float Fishing Trips:

Green River

A 6.6 mile section of the Green River from Roachville Ford to Russell Island offers paddlers a chance to catch trophy-class smallmouth bass.

Releases from Green River Lake Dam dictate the fishing on the Green River below it. Check the flows at the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Daily Lake Report webpage.

South Fork, Licking River

A 5 mile float from Lair to Terry Dam Ramp is a good day trip. The stretch contains smallmouth bass from 12 to 15 inches long, with some over 15 inches, according KDFWD.

The biologists recommend fishing the areas that transition from pool water into braided stream drops lined with water willow common on this stretch of South Licking.

Big South Fork of Cumberland River

A day-long stretch from Blue Heron to Yamacraw (5 miles) passes through some of Kentucky’s most impressive scenery, with soaring bluffs above the river and large boulders in the stream.

A section of the Big South Fork from Blue Heron access downstream to the extinct community of Worley is known for its clear water and smallmouth bass.

For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources webpage at

source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

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