Written by: Lake Cumberland Tourism
One look at a map of Lake Cumberland shows the many bays and coves that make up the shoreline. These areas are hot spots for smallmouth and largemouth bass from late March to early May, as these fish enter the shallower water to feed and eventually spawn. You can also find crappie in the coves in springtime, especially around brush, fallen trees and other woody cover. Minnows and small jigs are the go-to baits for crappie, and bass often fall for crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs. The deepest coves, and those associated with creeks, can hold bass all summer long. As spawning season ends for bass in May, these fish gradually transition from bays and coves to main lake points. Focus on areas that are near spawning grounds and coves that were productive in spring, and which have both shallow and deep water in close proximity. Bass tend to gradually move deeper as the water warms up in summer. Deep, rocky points can also be productive for walleye and stripers. Trolling with diving crankbaits is an effective way to find fish; and casting with jigs, crankbaits and soft plastic baits becomes more effective — and arguably more fun — once you have located fish.
Lake Cumberland has 1,255 miles of shoreline and covers 63,000 surface acres with a maximum depth of 200 feet near Wolf Creek Dam. When you are dealing with a lake that is this large, it is valuable to go with a Lake Cumberland Fishing Guide – at least for the first day. The Lake Cumberland Fishing Guides and Charters are a great way to ensure that you have a great fishing experience – Many Guides and Charters offer covered and heated boats as well as many also include equipment and food! We do Year Round Fishing on Lake Cumberland… and the Fish are Always Biting!
Fishing Guides and Charters on the Cumberland River
Andrews Outdoor Adventure is an experienced fishing guide service on the Cumberland River. Owner Rastie Andrew also offers fishermen lodging in his Cabins on the Cumberland River for an additional charge. Call 270-343-4453 for more information or to book your next fishing adventure.
Cumberland Trout Guide – The Cumberland River holds the Kentucky State record for both Rainbow (14.6 lbs.) and Brown trout (21 lbs.). In addition to the fantastic trout fishing, the Cumberland River has a great number of Walleye, Sauger and Stripers. Perhaps the only place to catch Walleye and Sauger on a Fly rod. Cumberland Trout Guide Service has been guiding from the local waters of Kentucky to famous rivers of Montana to Alaska`s Bristol Bay region to the Keys of Florida and has attended the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School. U.S.C.G Six-Pack Near Coastal License. CPR and First Aid certified and has been guiding on the Cumberland River since Spring of 2005.
Cumberland River Bottom Ticklers – All fly fishing trips are conducted from a Stealthcraft drift boat. Drift boats provide a relaxing and comfortable platform from which to chase trout on the Cumberland River and afford the opportunity to fish areas otherwise inaccessible. The Cumberland River is full of insect activity. “Nymphing” is our favorite, and also most consistent way to catch fish throughout the year. Their philosophy is that flies tickling the bottom will produce fish to hand. Dry fly fishing can be quite good at times, and streamer fishing can be the go-to choice when water release schedules are running a bit high. Expect plenty of seam searching, bottom dragging, and sight fishing during floats. Cumberland Bottom Ticklers provides all equipment and food. You will enjoy catching rainbow, brook and brown trout from the comfort of a unique stealthcraft drift boat. Catch and Release is practiced by this guide service.
Great Fishing on Lake Cumberland – Guides and Charters
HillBilly Delux Guide Service – This Lake Cumberland Fishing Guide Service is based out of Jamestown Marina and furnishes all bait and tackle! HillBilly Delux Fishing Guide Service will fillet your catch or can mount it as a trophy! Charters are 6 hours or until a limit of Stripers are caught. All trips are private Lake Cumberland Charters and there will never be anyone else sharing your boat.
Morgan’s Fishing Guide Service – Morgan’s Lake Cumberland Fishing Guide Service, Inc is owned and operated by Jerry Morgan specializing in year round trophy striper fishing. Also guiding on Lake Cumberland is Jerry’s son, Jeremy Morgan who joined his dad in 2010 as a guide on beautiful Lake Cumberland in Jamestown KY which is well known for its large stripers as well as other species. Lake Cumberland sits on one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and is one of the best places for great fishing!
Fishing on Lake Cumberland just keeps getting better! Lake Cumberland Fishing Guides and Charters offer guests expertise and comfort. If you have never fished Lake Cumberland, be sure to choose a professional Guide for your next Lake Cumberland Fishing Adventure.