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.

Tournament Fishing

We ask that all tournament organizers please visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Website for recommended guidelines to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The link is here:COVID19 info

Tournament Scheduling Requirements

Congestion at boat ramps across Kentucky is on the rise with the increased participation in competitive bass tournaments.  Concerns from both recreational and tournament anglers stresses the importance of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ online Tournament Fishing Schedule site.  This voluntary fishing tournament scheduling system was developed in 2005 to help solve congestion problems both at boat ramps and on the water.  Use of this site has fluctuated over the years, but remains low.  It is becoming critical that tournament organizers use this system to help ensure a better day on the water.  Tournament organizers can use it to tell if a ramp is over capacity on a certain day, and then shift elsewhere if necessary to avoid the frustration of a traffic jam at a ramp.  In addition, recreational anglers can also use the site to locate ramps that may be less crowed during tournament hours. 

Tournament Organizers – Please spread the word about this helpful scheduling system.


Large Tournament Registration Requirements

All tournaments with more than 100 boats are required to register with the Division of Law Enforcement at least 15 days prior to the event.  For information and application materials, contact the Division of Law Enforcement at 1-800-858-1549.


Kentucky State Parks Registration Requirements

In addition to the requirements from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are requirements for tournaments held at Kentucky State Parks.  If you are planning a tournament out of a State Park ramp, click here for important information.

Proper Bass Handling

Tournament anglers and organizers participating in summer bass tournaments should be extra aware of proper bass handling needs. KDFWR recommends that all bass anglers and tournament organizers review the B.A.S.S. sponsored manual, "Keeping Bass Alive", at the link below.  KDFWR Fisheries Division endorses these procedures and recommends that all bass tournament sponsors and anglers adopt these as standard practices in their June – August tournaments when water temperatures are high.

Keeping Bass Alive

These simple procedures can significantly increase the survival of tournament caught and released bass and will keep next year’s winning sack alive.