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Russell Springs, KY, Fishing Guide

Russell Springs, KY, Fishing Guide

Whether you live in or are planning a visit to Kentucky, this state offers endless outdoor activities and attractions for you to take part in. Especially for those who love to fish, Kentucky has the perfect environment to cast a fishing rod — in every season.

With all of the cabins and campgrounds available, you will be able to plan a getaway you and your loved ones won't soon forget. Check out this fishing guide to learn more. 

Things to Know When Fishing in Russell Springs

Before planning your next fishing trip, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

Fishing Season

Because Kentucky has a relatively mild climate, the best time to go fishing in Kentucky is year-round. There are no closed seasons, and it is quick and simple to obtain a fishing license in the state. 

When you go fishing, you need to be aware of regulations for specific bodies of water and fish species. For example, the daily limit for largemouth bass is six whereas the daily limit for crappies is 20 — and both are catch and release only.

Fish Native to Kentucky 

There is a wide variety of fish that you will find in Kentucky waters, including: 

  • Catfish family: There are 18 species of catfish that call Kentucky their home, ranging from the bullheads to the madtoms.
  • Carp family: The carp family is made up of 62 native species of minnows, including five additional exotic species. 
  • Drum family: This fish family includes both marine and brackish water fish known for producing deep, drum-like sounds.
  • Sunfish family: Within the sunfish family are small species like panfish as well as 19 species of sunfish like the bluegill, crappies, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. 
  • Temperate bass family: The striped bass, white bass and hatchery-produced temperate bass hybrids are all in the temperate bass family. 
  • Trout family: Five different species of trout can be found here, and none of these fish are native to Kentucky. 

Bait to Use

The type of bait you should use depends on the type of fish you are trying to catch. Even within a species, like bass, the bait can vary. Curly tail grubs or twister tail jigs work well for white bass, while lures and live bait are more effective for striped bass. You can use small suspending jerkbaits to catch trout or some chicken liver and cut bait to reel in a channel catfish.

Stay at Russell Springs KOA Journey During Your Fishing Trip

Interested in planning a stay at one of the best fishing destinations in Kentucky? At Russell Springs KOA Journey, you will have endless opportunities to go fishing at the nearby Lake Cumberland. Whether you bring your own boat or rent a pontoon, you will be able to experience a nature-filled getaway with your friends and family.

Our campground is filled with recreational activities that will make your stay memorable. Whether you choose a Back-In or Pull-Thru RV Site, Camping Cabin or Tent Site, you will have access to on-site activities and entertainment ranging from RV clubs and rallies to mini golf and our KampK9® dog park. 

Ready to start planning your next fishing trip? Check out our available sites and reserve yours today.

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