Statewide Species and Size Limits

Some waterbodies have different size and creel limits, please check the "Special Regulations" section of the fishing and boating guide for more details.

SPORT FISH SPECIES Daily Limit Possession Limit Minimum Size Limit
BLACK BASS Largemouth Bass6*12*12”
Smallmouth Bass6*12*12”
Kentucky (Spotted) Bass6*12*none
Coosa Bass6*12*none
Rock Bass1530none
Redear Sunfish2040none
Walleye, Sauger and their Hybrids6*12*14” 
Chain Pickerel510none
Northern Pikenonenonenone
White & Hybrid Striped Bass15​**30**none**
Striped Bass51015”
Yellow Bassnonenonenone
Crappie (Black & White)20*40*none
Rainbow Trout816none
Brown Trout1216”
​Cutthroat Trout​1​2​20"
Brook TroutCatch and release only***
Lake SturgeonCatch and release only

* Singly or combined; a total of these species

** No more than 5 fish in the daily creel limit may be more than 15 inches long.

*** Except for the Cumberland River downstream of Wolf Creek Dam and the upper section of Hatchery Creek, see Special Regulations section for details.​

Fish not included in this list are considered rough fish. There are no size or creel limits for rough fish, unless special regulations apply. For daily creel and fishing license purposes, one fishing day equals one calendar day. Except for trout on Cumberland River, anglers may cull fish of a particular species until reaching the daily creel limit. Any additional fish caught in excess of the daily creel limit must be released immediately.

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