An image of a person holding their fish catch for the day.

In early spring, Kentucky Lake is known for some of the best crappie fishing in the nation. Later in the season, largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, sunfish, sauger and catfish provide sport for many. The refuge is noted for having greater fish species diversity in these waters than any other inland refuge in the nation. The refuge's facilities include 19 launch ramps open to the public. Most are day-use facilities only. Several areas of the refuge are closed seasonally, November 15-March 15. Taking of turtles or bullfrogs is not allowed on refuge. Boating restrictions on interior impoundment limit motors to "no wake" speed.

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