FISHING

newcrappie1FISHING ON LAKE BARKLEY is an angler's dream. A thriving population of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill offer a challenge for fishermen.

Early Crappie fishing is a sure cure for cabin fever and the warmer days of winter often find anglers sitting peacefully along shorelines and in sunny bays and coves. Crappie can be caught by casting a curly tail jig or by dropping a minnow in a favorite brush pile. In early spring thecrappie begin to move into the bays to spawn. An old wives tale which seems to hold true says "Crappie fishing is best when the dogwoods are in bloom." During the spring spawn, crappie will move from deep to shallow water, and may be found in water depths anywhere from 6 inches to 4-6 feet deep.

May and June are typically the best fishing months on the lake. Crappie can still be caught post spawn and bass will be found on gravel points and around stumps. Catfish can be found on gravel points that taper off to a mud layer. Bluegill, which often spawn later, can be taken with grubs, worms, and crickets.

catfish1a1During July and August, the White Bass can provide fun and excitement for any angler. Look for them to jump along the river drops and flats, and use a rooster tail, lead spoon, or top water lure to bring these aggressive fish in the boat. Don't be surprised if you hook a largemouth bass while fishing the jumps. They are known to often travel in the same schools to feed.

The peaceful shoreline and colorful fall foliage lend itself to some of the year's most scenic fishing. You can catch fish using spring fishing techniques. Catch Largemouth Bass in the brush, tree tops, and on riprap. Crappie will normally make one more run to shallow water. Look for them in 5-12 feet of water near brush piles and brushy drop-offs. To make your fishing experience more successful, consider renting a boat or booking a local fishing guide.


AREA FISHING GUIDES
Bill's Guide Service
406 Palisades Dr., Eddyville, KY 270-388-2520
Billy Joe Boitnott Guide Service
Guides from Eddy Creek Marina Resort 270-365-3907
Cotton's Guide Service
846 Sims Rd., Princeton, KY 270-365-0104
Dan Cayce Fishing Guide Service
208 James Dr., Hopkinsville, KY 270-887-5652 - WEBSITE
E.D. Wynn's Guide Service
2736 Gray Farm Rd., Eddyville, KY 270-388-2981
Greg Freeman's Guide Service
434 Gray Farm Rd., Eddyville, KY 270-388-9403
HOOK, LINE & SINKER
1408 Lake Barkley Dr, Kuttawa, KY 270-388-0525 - WEBSITE
Jim Leech's Guide Service 
400 Pleasant Valley Rd, Princeton, KY 270-388-9542
Lew's Guide Service
1001 Maple Ave., Princeton, KY 270-365-1160
NATIV BOWFISHING GUIDE SERVICE
13 Maple Hill, Eddyville, KY  (270) 625-9414 (270) 625-0202 - WEBSITE
Rodney Brown's Guide Service Rt. 2, Box 124, Eddyville, KY 270-388-2359
BAIT, TACKLE & LICENSE LOCATIONS
BUZZARD ROCK RESORT & MARINA
388-7925, Hwy 810 South at Buzzard Rock Rd.
PO Box 130, Kuttawa, KY 42055; Fishing License & Full Service Marina
EDDY CREEK MARINA
388-2271, 7612 KY Hwy 93 South, Eddyville, KY 42038
Fishing License & Full Service Marine
KUTTAWA BP
388-5216, 29 Days Inn Dr, Kuttawa, KY 42055
Fishing License, All your snack needs for the lake
KUTTAWA HARBOR MARINA
388-9563 ~ 1709 Lake Barkley Dr., Eddyville, KY 42038; Fishing License & Restaurant. Full Service Marina
THE CABIN BAIT AND TACKLE
(270) 388-6440 ~ 215 Vista Drive, Kuttawa, KY 42055
Fishing & Hunting License along with a wide variety of fishing equipment.
TOM & BARB'S
388-7745, Hwy 93 South, Eddyville, KY 42038
Fishing License, Live Bait, Deli, Grocery & Fuel