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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. The program currently includes 44 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. All 44 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.
Possession or use of live shad for bait is prohibited at all FINs lakes.
All grass carp caught must be immediately released. Grass carp are stocked to control aquatic vegetation.
No cast nets allowed in FINs Lakes for the taking of live bait.
Dane BalsmanUrban Fisheries Biologistdane.email@example.com