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Levisa Fork

The Levisa Fork begins in Virginia before entering into Eastern Kentucky and flows west until it reaches Fishtrap Lake. Upon leaving the lake, Levisa Fork receives its water from the Russell Fork along with releases from Fishtrap Dam creating great flows year round. The Levisa Fork runs through the communities of Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville and Louisa where it meets the Tug Fork and forms the Big Sandy River. The Levisa Fork is relatively broad throughout most of its reach and holds various riffles and shoals as it flows through Eastern Kentucky. There is also an abundance of woody debris throughout the river creating excellent fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass and channel catfish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levisa Fork Access Site to Site Mileages

Put In Access Site

Take Out Access Site

Total River Miles

Jubilee Christian Church Ramp Cedar Creek Ramp 5.5
Cedar Creek Ramp Thompson Road Ramp 3.0
Thompson Road Ramp Prestonsburg Ramp 27.5
Prestonsburg Ramp Airport Ramp 8.2
Airport Ramp Paintsville Ramp 8.1

 

 


 

Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*

Levisa Fork at Pikeville, KY
Rating Gauge Height in Feet (ft) Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <7.4 ft <800 cfs
Good 7.4-8.5 ft 800-1400 cfs
High >8.5 ft >1400 cfs
Levisa Fork at Prestonsburg, KY
Rating Gauge Height in Feet (ft) Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <3.5 ft <800 cfs
Good 3.5-5.0 ft 800-1500 cfs
High >5.0 ft >1500 cfs
*These ratings are only recommendations. Skill and experience will dictate level appropriate for each angler.

Resources for River Levels:

U.S. Geological Survey
(Provides real time stream flows on rivers and streams around the state)


Current Stream Levels On Levisa Fork @ Pikeville, KY


Current Stream Levels On Levisa Fork @ Prestonsburg, KY

 

 

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Levisa Fork Public Access Site Descriptions

 

Jubilee Christian Church Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

A gravel/dirt access ramp is located five and a half miles south of Pikeville, just off of US-23 S behind Jubilee Christian Assembly. Parking near ramp is limited there is parking available at Jubilee Christian Assembly please ask for permission from the church before parking in the paved lot. There are no other amenities available at this ramp, please be mindful of the property and properly dispose of any trash that you may have in a proper trash receptacle or take it out with you when you leave. This site is best suited for john boats, canoes, and kayaks.

 


 

Cedar Creek Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This is a gravel access ramp is located on the west side of Pikeville, KY under the Cedar Creek Road bridge. The turn off to access this ramp is between exit 24 and US-23 S. A large, gravel parking lot is located at the top of the ramp, however, there are no other amenities available at this site. This site is suitable for john boats, canoes, and kayaks. Bank and wading fishing is limited at this site as land surrounding the ramp is either privately owned or extremely steep and rocky.

 


 

Thompson Road Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

 

This single lane, concrete ramp is located on the north side of Pikeville, KY directly behind Texas Roadhouse. A large, paved parking area is available at the ramp site along with picnic tables and a portable bathroom. This site is suitable for john boats, canoes, and kayaks. Bank and wading fishing is limited at this site as land surrounding the ramp is either privately owned or covered in thick vegetation.

 


 

Prestonsburg Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This single lane, concrete ramp is located in Prestonsburg, KY directly behind Billy Ray’s Restaurant just off North Front Street. A large, paved parking area for more than 20 vehicles is available at the top of the ramp, however, there are no other amenities available at this site. This site is suitable for john boats, canoes, and kayaks. Bank and wading fishing is limited to the area surrounding the ramp.

 


 

Airport Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This new single lane, paved ramp is located at the south end of the Paintsville-Prestonsburg-Combs Air Field directly off KY-321. Trash cans and a large, paved parking area for around 10 vehicles is located at the top of the ramp. However, no other amenities are available at this site. This site is best suited for john boats, canoes, and kayaks.

 


 

Paintsville Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This single lane, concrete boat ramp is located in Paintsville, KY just off River Road next to Paintsville Water Plant. A large, paved parking area with easy walk down access to the riverside is located at the top of the ramp. However, no other amenities are available at this site. This site is best suited for john boats, canoes, and kayaks.

 

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Fishing Tips

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass can be found through the Levisa Fork, but areas directly above and below gravel shoals will produce the most and best quality fish. Rocky banks with current and depth are also a solid option. The majority of bass tackle will work, but crawfish imitations, 3 ½ inch tube jigs, and 3 or 4 inch curly tail grubs are the best options here.
Channel Catfish
Target deeper pools and tight bends in the river with log jams and slow to moderate current. Fish baits like chicken livers, worms, cut bait, and stink baits suspended or on the bottom. Best luck would be around dusk and dawn or low light conditions when catfish are more active.
Spotted Bass
Anglers have good luck fishing crawfish imitating soft plastic baits Texas-rigged, medium running crank baits, spinners and a variety of top water baits in areas with current breaks and woody debris. Match bait colors to the water conditions: natural patterns work best in clearer water (white, watermelon seed), while in muddier conditions use dark (black) or very bright (chartreuse) colored baits that produce vibration.
White Bass
Try fishing anything that flashes silver in the water or resembles a shad or other baitfish. You can target this species just about anywhere in a stream. However, early in the year target eddies, debris buildups, riprap and other associated areas that deflect current. Other lures to use include a 1/8th ounce leadhead with a 3 inch white or chartreuse colored curly-tailed grub, white, grey, pink or chartreuse in-line spinners, small silver casting spoons and tiny shad-colored crankbaits.
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Fisheries Overview

 

The following length frequencies are representative of the top 4 species sampled in Levisa Fork.

Smallmouth Bass length frequency graph 

 

Channel Catfish length frequency graph 

 

Kentucky Spotted Bass Length frequency graph 

 

White Bass Length frequency graph 

  

 

 

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