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Slate Creek

Slate Creek begins at its headwaters in Montgomery County and flows downstream through Bath County where it meets up with the Licking River six miles northeast of Owingsville, KY. Overall, Slate Creek is a shallow stream that has an abundance of rock bars and water willow beds. Slate Creek has several public access points that provide anglers with the opportunity to fish for rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and several other sport fish species.






Slate Creek Access Site to Site Mileages

Put In Access Site

Take Out Access Site

Total River Miles

Howards Mill Dam Little Egypt Ford 5.4
Little Egypt Ford Lions Club Park 13.6
Lions Club Park Old Slate Furnace Park 3.7
Old Slate Furnace Park Forge Mill Dam 8.0
Forge Mill Dam Wyoming Ford (Licking River) 5.5



Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*

Howards Mill downstream to Licking River
Rating Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <100 cfs
Good 100-200 cfs
High >200 cfs

Resources for River Levels:

U.S. Geological Survey
(Provides real time stream flows on rivers and stream around the state)
Current Stream Levels On Slate Creek at Mt. Sterling, KY


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Slate Creek Public Access Site Descriptions


Howards Mill Dam: (Additional Information/Directions)


A gravel drive allows anglers to access Slate Creek above and below Howards Mill Dam. The gravel drive runs beside the Mt. Sterling Water Treatment Plant to a small parking area (<10 vehicles). Anglers can then walk a short distance to the creek. The banks above the dam are very steep with somewhat better access below the dam. This site is designated for bank fishing. Anglers should beware of strong currents and “boils” associated with low head dams.



Little Egypt Ford: (Additional Information/Directions)


A gravel road fords the creek during low flows periods. Parking is very limited but during low flows additional parking available on the gravel bar. During periods of high flows it can be difficult to turn a vehicle around on this narrow road. This site provides anglers with the opportunity to bank/wade fish directly around the ford crossing. This is also a great spot to launch a canoe or kayak which gives anglers more access the creek.



Lions Club Park: (Additional Information/Directions)


The Owingsville Lion’s Club Park is located above the low head dam that can be seen from the bridge on Kendall Springs Rd. Bank fishing is permitted within the park boundaries. Anglers will find ample parking and access to the water. This site has limited hours and may have restricted access during special events. A picnic pavilion is located beside the creek with plenty of shade. Anglers can also use the drive located on the opposite side of the bridge from the park to gain access to Slate Creek below the dam. Parking alongside the road is limited (<10 vehicles). Anglers should use caution when fishing below low head dams due to strong currents and “boils”.



Old Slate Furnace Park: (Additional Information/Directions)



This road-side park provides anglers with the opportunities to bank and wade fish within the park boundaries. A carry-down site located off the parking area is suitable for launching canoes and kayaks. Slate Furnace Park provides anglers with plenty of parking (<25 vehicles), picnic tables and a historic furnace.



Forge Mill Dam: (Additional Information/Directions)


Access is located at the low water ford on Waterdell Rd. below Forge Mill Dam. This site provides an access point for launching small boats (canoe/kayak). This section of the creek has shallow bedrock and will require some flow for boating. Deeper pools can be found as anglers paddle downstream of the access point. Bank and wading fishing is limited because the land surrounding the ford is privately owned.



Wyoming Ford: (Additional Information/Directions)

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This site is located at the confluence of Slate Creek with the Licking River. Anglers can use this site to launch canoes and kayaks. The banks at this site are a combination of sand and mud which can make this site difficult to use at times. Bank fishing is also available but be mindful that private property surrounds this site.


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Fishing Tips

Largemouth/Kentucky Spotted Bass
Focus fishing effort around rocky banks and slower pools 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 muddier conditions use dark (black) or very bright (chartreuse) colored baits that produce vibration.
Rock Bass
Target chunk rock banks with woody debris and log jams in the slow, shallow pools. Try fishing small inline spinner baits, 2 inch crawfish crank baits or 2 inch black grubs over the rocks. Rock bass can also be taken on live bait fished near or on the bottom. Try fishing minnows, red worms and small crayfish.
Smallmouth Bass
Best fishing is in the areas of the river that are not impounded. Anglers report good success targeting areas directly above and below gravel shoals and targeting rocky banks with current. Try fishing ¼ oz spinner baits and crawfish imitating crank baits. Texas-rigged 3 inch craws and 3 ½ inch tube jigs work well for a slower presentation. When the bite gets tough don’t overlook a 3 inch white or motor-oil colored curly-tailed grub.
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Fisheries Overview


The following length frequencies are representative of the top 4 species sampled in Slate Creek.

Largemouth Bass length frequency graph 


Kentucky Spotted Bass length frequency graph 


Rock Bass Length frequency graph 


Smallmouth Bass Length frequency graph 




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