Kentucky Lake tailwater

Tennessee River from Kentucky Lake Dam downstream to confluence with Ohio River

Note: The area from Kentucky Dam to the new U.S. 62 bridge will be open to snagging 24 hours per day from January 1 through May 31. From June 1 through December 31, the area is open to snagging from sunset to sunrise (local time). The area of the Tennessee River from the new U.S. 62 bridge to the I-24 bridge is closed to snagging year round. The area from the I-24 bridge to the confluence with the Ohio River is open to snagging year round. There is now a daily creel limit of 8 fish in aggregate and shall not exceed the daily creel limit for any sport fish in which the creel limit is under 8 fish per day. All fish snagged, except shad or herring, must be kept and counted toward the daily creel limit. Snagging must cease if any sport fish creel limit is attained. Bow anglers may fish up to 200 yards below Kentucky Dam. Snagging anglers cannot release or cull any snagged paddlefish.

Special Fishing Regulations for Kentucky Lake tailwater

SpeciesRegulation DescriptionNotesKRSKAR
HYBRID STRIPED BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
LARGEMOUTH BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
REDEAR SUNFISHStatewide Regulations Apply 
SMALLMOUTH BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
SPOTTED BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
STRIPED BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
WHITE BASSStatewide Regulations Apply 
SAUGERMust be 14 inches or over, Limit 6 per angler 

Access Sites (Click the Access Site Name for More Info)

Handicap Accessible Only:

Access Type

NameMap RefTypeRamp SurfaceFeeMarinaCounty
Gilbertsville Ramp   1Any light trailerable recreational boatPavedNo NoneMarshall