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 Fishing In Neighborhoods

Good Fishing. Close to home 

Fishing in neighborhoods 

 

What is FINs?

Child fishing with parent

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) created the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program in 2006 to provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities close to home. In 2014 the program includes 40 lakes statewide. The aim of the program is to create quality fishing opportunities near cities of all sizes throughout the state. Lakes are regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year. In addition to these lakes being stocked with catfish and trout, the sunfish and bass populations are regularly sampled to ensure natural reproduction is meeting the needs of anglers. Stocking of hybrid sunfish and/or largemouth bass occur if needed.

The FINs program is a cooperative agreement between KDFWR and city/county municipalities. Lake owners have committed to cover 25% of the stocking costs. All 40 lakes in the FINs program have a standard set of regulations that are posted around the lakes. These regulations are a little more restrictive than the statewide regulations but help spread the fish harvest out over a longer period of time.

Map of FINS Lakes

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FINS Regulations

Rainbow Trout
Daily Limit: 5
Minimum Size Limit: None
Channel/Blue Catfish
Daily Limit: 4
Minimum Size Limit: None
Largemouth Bass
Daily Limit: 1
Minimum Size Limit: 15"
Bluegill/Other Sunfish
Daily Limit: 15
Minimum Size Limit: None

License Requirements

  • Resident/Nonresident Youth ages 15 and younger do not need a fishing license or trout permit. Residents/Nonresidents age 16 and older must posses a statewide fishing license.
  • Resident Seniors age 65 and older are not required to purchase a trout permit to keep trout if in possession of the Resident Senior License.
  • Resident/Nonresident Fishing License holders must purchase a Trout Permit to posses Rainbow Trout. Resident/Nonresident Fishing License holders can fish for Rainbow Trout, but can not be in possession of trout.
  • Any angler can fish without a fishing license on the Free Fishing Days that take place the first weekend in June (June 7-8, 2014).
  • For more information on Fishing License Requirements and Exemptions, follow the link to the Fishing and Boating Guide.

Questions or Comments
Dane Balsman
Urban Fisheries Biologist
dane.balsman@ky.gov
502-564-7109 ext. 4480

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