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New This Year

Following are changes to this year's regulations:

  • A statewide 14-inch minimum size limit and a 6-fish daily creel limit for walleye, sauger and their hybrids.
  • A statewide 12-inch minimum size limit on catfish on lakes stocked by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
  • Anglers using traditional and non-traditional fishing methods have a 2-fish daily creel limit on paddlefish with a possession limit of 4 fish.
  • Anglers using non-traditional methods may not harvest lake sturgeon.
  • Live wild caught fish of the species mooneye or goldeye may only be used in the waters from which they were collected.
  • Benjy Kinman Lake (Henry County): Largemouth bass are now under statewide regulations. Idle speed only for boats.
  • Buckhorn Lake: Muskellunge minimum size limit is now 40 inches.
  • Carnico Lake (Nicholas County): Sunfish now have a 15-fish daily creel limit.
  • Carpenter Lake (Daviess County): The restriction on shad for bait is removed.
  • Lake Reba (Madison County): Largemouth bass are now under statewide regulations.
  • Paintsville Lake: Largemouth bass are now under statewide regulations.
  • Rockcastle River WMA (Pulaski County) All ponds collectively: Largemouth bass: 15-inch minimum size limit with a 1-fish daily creel limit, Crappie: 15-fish daily creel limit.
  • Anglers who hand grab or noodle may only keep one blue or channel catfish longer than 25 inches on Barren River Lake, Dewey Lake, Fishtrap Lake and Taylorsville Lake.