Trout Fishing (relative to my home in Danville)
Believe it or not, there is actually good flyfishing for trout in Kentucky. My favorite spot is Rock Creek in McCreary County. Another good place is the Cumberland River tailwaters below Wolf Creek Dam. The nearest spot to Danville is the Dix River (tailwaters of Herrington Lake), but you will need a boat to get there (launch at High Bridge and come up the Kentucky River to the mouth of the Dix). Certain streams in the Red River Gorge also contain trout.
The Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources publishes information on its trout stream program. They also have a listing of seasonal catch and release trout streams. Here is the Trout Waters brochure.
Wolf Creek Dam is a TVA power-generation facility. If you plan to wade fish, it is important to know the generation schedule. This is available online at: http://lakeinfo.tva.gov/. Or you can call 800-238-2264 for this information.
Elkhorn Creek, north of Frankfort, is good for smallmouth bass. The Dix River at the headwaters of Herrington Lake has rock bass (redeye), sunfish, and smallmouth bass. White bass run up the river in the spring (around the time when redbud trees are in bloom). Beaver Lake, west of Lawrenceburg, is good for largemouth bass. I fish for bluegill and hybrid striped bass out of my kayak on Herrington Lake. Hybrid stripers hit readily on a chartreuse and white streamer fly and put up a good fight. Here is a photo of a 16" hybrid that I caught.
Herrington Lake hybrid striped bass. Not Kentucky. Here I am fishing the Tongariro River in New Zealand.
Kentucky Trout Fishing: from All About Fishing
Cumberland River fishing report: by Jim Dicken
Best Trout River in Kentucky: from Fishin.com
Double D Outfitters:contains fishing reports on the Cumberland tailwaters
Rock Creek in the Big South Fork: article from "The Southerner"
Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Page
Kentucky Fly Fishing: totalflyfishing.com site
Federation of Fly Fishers Homepage
Flyfish@ Home Page: Flyfish@ is a listserv (email list) devoted to discussion of flyfishing. Instructions for subscribing to the list are found on the web page.
Fly Fish America Online: general discussion about flyfishing
Trout Unlimited Homepage
Fisherman Magazine Online Flyshop: general
discussion about flyfishing
About Fly Fishing:
compendium of varied information
Other Places to Flyfish for Trout
Western North Carolina: the region near Brevard has many good streams, with the Davidson and South Mills Rivers being among my favorite. The linked page is courtesy of Davidson River Outfitters.
More about Flyfishing in North Carolina: Joel Dunn's page, includes info on the Davidson and other rivers
WNC Trout: Scott Cunningham's page about western North Carolina
Hiwassee River: tailwater fishery near Cleveland, TN. Site by Don Denney
The Riverwatch On-Line: The Anglers of the Au Sable; this river in northern Lower Michigan is one of my favorite rivers.
Au Sable River: from the GORP pages
Manistee River: in the same part of Michigan, from the GORP pages
Trout Unlimited of West Virginia site
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