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Bear Hunters: The quota for the 2014 archery/crossbow season for bears WAS NOT MET today.  Therefore, the bear season will remain open tomorrow.  For information about checking bears, click here.

 Pool 5 - Green River

Pool 5, of the Green River, is located near Brownsville, KY. This pool is about 14 miles in length with public boat ramps located on the upper, middle and lower sections of the pool. There are three major tributaries (Beaverdam Creek, Alexander Creek and Big Bear Creek) in this section of the Green River. This area is popular for largemouth bass, spotted bass, walleye, sauger, muskellunge, crappie and bluegill fishing. Boaters and anglers should use caution when boating or fishing above and below lock and dam structures.

image of green river pool 5 
man holding a large fish 
two people showing off fish 

Green River Access Site to Site Mileages

Put In Access Site
Take Out Access Site
Total River Miles
Brownsville City Ramp Alexander Creek Ramp 4.8
Alexander Creek Ramp Lock & Dam 5 Ramp 7.2

Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*

Green River @ Munfordsville, KY
Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <450 cfs
Good 450-700 cfs
High 700-1000 cfs
Dangerous >1000 cfs
Pool 5, Green River @ Brownsville, KY
Gauge Height in Feet (ft)
Low <9.0 ft
Good 9.0-10.0 ft
High >10.0 ft
*These rating are only recommendations. Skill and experience will dictate level appropriate for each angler.

Resources for River Levels:picture a a fish that was caught in pool 5

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Lake Lake/River Reports
(Provides daily dam discharges and forecasted release schedules)
Daily Lake Report
3 Day Lake Release Forecast

U.S. Geological Survey
(Provides real time stream flows on rivers and stream around the state)
Real Time Stream Level @ Munfordville, KY
Real Time Stream Level @ Brownsvilles, KY

Kentucky Spotted/Largemouth Bass
Focus fishing effort around the mouth of creeks, rocky banks and bank slides with woody debris. Anglers have good luck fishing crawfish imitating soft plastic baits Texas-rigged, medium running crank baits, spinners and a variety of top water baits. Match bait colors to the water conditions: natural patterns work best in clearer water (white, watermelon seed), while in muddy conditions use dark color (ex: black) or very bright color (chartreuse) baits that produce vibration.
Fishing should be focused around woody debris in areas that are pooled with little current. Try fishing a variety of live baits (worms, wax worms, crickets, etc.) under a bobber/cork or small tube jigs and curly-tailed grubs.
The best time to fish is from December through March when fish congregate toward the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 6. Try fishing jigs with minnows or a curly-tailed grub bumping the bottom in back eddies and near the current. Metal jigging baits like spoons and blade baits also work in these areas.
Throughout the year muskellunge anglers should focus their efforts around bank slides, log jams, the mouth of creeks and the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 6. Try using big inline spinners, swim baits and top water baits like buzz baits and walking baits. Good potential for trophy size fish (≥40 inches).

The following length frequencies are representative of the top 3 species sampled in Pool 5 of the Green River during 2012.

bluegill length fequency graph 

Large mouth Bass length frequency graph 

Kentucky Spotted Bass Length frequency graph 

These tables represent the average growth rates of fish collected in the Green River during 2012.

Small mouth bass average growth rate graph 

rock bass average growth rate graph 

Kentucky Spotted Bass Average growth rate graph 

walleye average growth rate graph