Central Kentucky trout anglers must note the removal of the special regulations for minimum size and daily creel on brown trout in the Dix River for two miles downstream of Dix Dam at Herrington Lake. Anglers must now comply with the statewide regulation of 3 brown trout daily with a 12-inch minimum size. Fishing is still with artificial baits only. Live or organic baits such as Power Bait or a similar type of paste or nugget trout bait are not permitted on this section of the Dix River. The only public access to this fishery is by boat via the Kentucky River.
There are also new regulations for Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County. There is no longer a minimum size limit for crappie in the lake. Crappie grow so slowly in Cedar Creek Lake that few fish attained the old 9-inch size limit.
Under previous regulations, anglers could only keep a total aggregate limit of 30 bluegill and redear sunfish on Cedar Creek Lake. Anglers may now keep unlimited numbers of bluegill and 20 redear sunfish daily, with no minimum size limit on either species. Channel catfish are now under a 12-inch minimum size limit on Cedar Creek Lake, with no daily creel limit.
New regulations are in place for several smaller lakes around Kentucky and include:
- On Lake Blythe in Christian County, all largemouth bass between 12 to 15 inches must be released immediately.
- Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lakes have a 3-fish daily creel limit on largemouth bass.
- At General Butler State Park Lake in Carroll County, Lake Mingo in Jessamine County, Lake Pollywog in Grant County, Lake Shelby in Shelby County and New Haven Optimist Lake in Nelson County, there is a 15-inch minimum size limit on largemouth bass, with a 3-fish daily creel limit. There is a no minimum size, 4-fish daily creel limit for channel catfish at all these lakes.
- Goose, Island and South lakes at Peabody WMA lakes no longer have special regulations for bluegill, redbreast sunfish, channel catfish and walleye. The daily creel and minimum size limits on these species revert to statewide regulations.
- Leary Lake in Grant County no longer has daily creel and possession limits on bluegill.
- Mauzy Lake in Union County has a 12-inch minimum size limit on largemouth bass.
- At Doe Run Lake in Kenton County, General Butler State Park Lake in Carroll County and Lake Jericho in Henry County, anglers may not use shad for bait nor have shad in their possession.
Finally, gigging, snagging and bow fishing are now allowed on trout streams, except for the Cumberland River downstream of Wolf Creek Dam. This includes Hatchery Creek and all tributaries of this section of Cumberland River for one-half mile upstream of their confluence with the Cumberland River. It is still illegal to gig, snag or bow fish for trout.
Every Kentucky angler should keep the newly redesigned, easy to read Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide in their tackle box, vehicle or boat.
You can afford to keep one in all of those places because they are free and available wherever they sell fishing or hunting licenses. You may request a copy of the guide by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Information Center at (800) 858-1549.
Lee McClellan is an
award-winning writer for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.