WMA Overview

Size: 13135 acres
Location: Pike
Contact: Scott Freidhof (606)783-8634 COE (606)437-9426
Elevation: minimum 749 feet, maximum 1989 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.4258, Longitude W -82.4132
Area Habitat: open land 11.22%, forest 87.16%, wetland 0.02%, open water 1.56%.


Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer quota hunt.


Bear: East Zone 2. See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Deer: Quota hunt, either sex, limit one, two consecutive days starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Open under statewide regulations for youth gun seasons. Open under statewide regulations for the youth gun, December muzzleloader and archery/crossbow seasons, except closed during deer quota hunt.

Elk: As a designated Active Restoration Area, this WMA is off limits to elk hunting.

Directions & Description

The WMA surrounds most of the shoreline of Fishtrap Lake. From Pikeville take US 460 south. KY 1789 leads to dam area, KY 1373 and KY 1499 lead to upper lake.

Can access by boat. Very steep, rough terrain with narrow ridges and valleys; completely forested, primarily in hardwoods, with scattered openings. Opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, birding on lake. Mobility impaired access to permit holders in designated area.

Fishtrap Lake WMA is a designated Active Restoration Area and is CLOSED to elk hunting to allow the herd to build. Managed by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.