Fishing and Hunting Still Open:
Fishing and hunting for 2020 are still open per statewide seasons/regulations.  Licenses and permits to fish and hunt are required as usual.  Boat registrations may be renewed at county clerks offices by mail or drop-box.  Open-air sites such as public lakes/streams and wildlife management areas remain open.

State Offices Closed to In-Person Contact but Still Available to Help:
State offices and facilities are closed to in-person contact with the public to minimize health risks. Until further notice, please use this website, call us at 800-858-1549, or email for assistance. 

Additional Information
For the latest information on the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, please visit Coronavirus and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife: answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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 Bass 6* 12* 12”
Smallmouth Bass 6* 12* 12”
Kentucky (Spotted) Bass 6* 12* none
Coosa Bass 6* 12* none
Rock Bass 15 30 none
Redear Sunfish 20 40 none
Walleye, Sauger and their Hybrids 6* 12* 14” 
Muskellunge 1 2 30”
Chain Pickerel 5 10 none
Northern Pike none none none
White & Hybrid Striped Bass 15​** 30** none**
Striped Bass 5 10 15”
Yellow Bass none none none
Crappie (Black & White) 20* 40* none
Rainbow Trout 8 16 none
Brown Trout 1 2 16”
Paddlefish 2 4 none
Brook Trout Catch and release only***
Lake Sturgeon Catch 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.

​​​ ​​​​