Family Fishing

Learn to Fish

Let's Get Started!

Welcome to the world of fishing! You are about to join the ranks of thousands of like-minded anglers - some of the best conservationists on earth. Each of them started right where you are today... as a beginner.

The Basics

We have outlined the step by step basics below and linked you to some great content to get you on the water, wetting a line! Additional resources are also listed at the bottom of the page that include information about upcoming classes.

Current rules and regulations can be found on our current Fishing and Boating Guide.

1) Fishing License

Before you venture out, make sure that you have your current fishing license on hand. You can get buy it at most sporting good stores, or via our online license sales.

Do I need a fishing license?

If you are over the age of 16 and not fishing on your own property, then yes.

2) Where to Go?

We are so lucky to have access to some amazing bodies of water in Kentucky. To find a place to fish close to you, use the links below:

Fishing in Neighborhoods

 

3) Gear

Use this equipment list to help plan and prepare for successful fishing in Kentucky.

Gear List

4) Skills

Practice makes perfect so get out and give it a try! Below are some videos that may help improve your fishing skills:

Knot Tying:

How to Tie Improved Clinch Knot

 

How to Remove Line Twist

 

Casting:

How to Cast a Spinning Rod

 

Flipping and Pitching

 

Landing:

How To Reel In A Fish

 

How to Land a Fish

 

Hooking:

How to Set the Hook

 

5) Catching Your First Fish

Make it "O-FISH-al" and tag us in your harvest pics with #FishKY!

Fish Certificate

6) Cleaning

You caught the fish, taken pictures... only one more thing to do before you can eat it.

How to Fillet a Fish - Freshwater

 

Hook and Cook

Hook and Cook is an educational class geared towards adults ages 16+ on the basics of fishing, meat preparation, and cooking. Most of these workshops are at FINS lakes where the department stocks fish several times a year. In this class you will learn everything from tying a proper fishing knot to preparing fish for cooking and storage, along with other useful skills for an enjoyable day on the water. We teach you the basic skills necessary to harvest your own fish and where to find a fishing hole near you!

Fishing

Upcoming Events

Check back in the spring for upcoming events. If you have further questions please email fw.aquatic.ed@ky.gov or call our info center at 1-800-858-1549.

Kayak Fishing!

Fishing in the creek

Kayak fishing 101 is an informative class for adults 16+ that covers basic fishing, basic kayak skills/ safety and how to put the two sets of skills together. This usually consist of a two or three part class that includes a kayak fishing trip. We do provide the equipment necessary for these classes so don't let that stop you from joining in on the fun!