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The list of states that make hunting and fishing a constitutional right seems likely to keep growing, as the Kentucky legislature put an amendment on the 2012 ballot yesterday. A similar measure in Indiana, which would also protect farming, seems headed for passage in the Hoosier State, where a sedcond legislative endorsement would be required for a referendum.

"Thirteen states already have enshrined hunting and fishing rights into their constitutions, most with provisions that allow lawmakers to impose restrictions such as requiring licenses," reports This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of The Courier-Journal, noting that the only voters to reject the idea have been in Arizona, presumably influenced by many retirees and former Californians.

"The amendments have passed despite arguments from critics that they are not only unnecessary but meaningless," the Louisville newspaper reports. Even some supporters have acknowledged there is no direct threat now to hunting and fishing," but note increasing pressure from animal-rights groups. The Indiana measure would guarantee the right to “engage in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, or poultry.”

In Kentucky, legislators say the measure "would prevent animal-rights groups from challenging state-authorized hunts . . . to manage the wildlife population," John Cheves and Jack Brammer report for theLexington Herald-Leader. "Other sponsors said the measure reflects bipartisan concern in Frankfort following President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and what some people see as overreaching by the federal government. The right to hunt and fish might be targeted by the federal government in the future, they said." (Read more) And we suspect the support of the National Rifle Association has something to do with it, too.








Welcome to the 2011 Fishing Forecast for Kentucky’s major fisheries. The forecast is based on 2010 fish population surveys, creel surveys, fish stockings, and historical knowledge of the fisheries. This handout is designed to assist anglers in planning their fishing trips and improving their fishing success. Additional fishing information is available from the Department’s website at or by obtaining copies of the 2011 Sport Fishing and Boating Guide available at most sporting goods stores. The Kentucky Trout Waters brochure is contained in the 2011 Fishing and Boating Guide.


To locate fishing access sites in Kentucky, visit our website and click on “Fishing & Boating”, then “Where to Fish”, and finally “Find a Place to Fish”. You will be able to search for your favorite water bodies and get directions to all major boat launches and access sites.


Opening day of the 2011 fishing season starts March 1 with the new year’s license, so take a trip to your local sporting good store, get online at, or call 1-877-598-2401 to purchase your 2011 fishing license.


The Fishing Forecast was partially financed through funds provided by your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels under the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program.



New and Expanding Fisheries in 2011

Sauger have been stocked into the Barren, Salt and Green rivers in order to expand those fisheries.

White crappie have been stocked into Taylorsville, Carr Creek and Kentucky lakes to bolster poor year classes in those lakes.

White bass have been stocked in Green River Lake to re-establish the population which declined dramatically over the past several years.

Stockings continue for muskie, sauger, white bass and hybrid striped bass in the Kentucky River. Fishable populations of sauger and white bass have already appeared.

Several small lakes across the state have been added to our trout and catfish stocking program. Please see our web page ( for more information about the FINS program and associated stockings.


Fishing Forecast Cheat Sheet


Make sure you check out the new Fishing Forecast Cheat Sheet located at the end of this publication. For those looking for a quick answer to where the best fishing can be found for each species, the Cheat Sheet is your guide. The Cheat Sheet lets you know which lakes are forecasted to provide good to excellent fishing for each of your favorite fish species. Just look up the species you are interested in and then see which lakes have a check mark next to them. These are the lakes which will provide the best chance for a memorable fishing trip for that species. The Cheat Sheet is located on two pages, so if you don’t see the species you are interested in on the first page; make sure the check the following page.

New Up-and-Comers


Several lakes and rivers have shown improvements in their fisheries in the last year. You might try and get in on the action at the following water bodies:

Hybrid striped bass in the Barren River.

Bluegill at Buckhorn Lake (Leslie and Perry counties).

Bluegill at Cedar Creek Lake (Lincoln County).

White bass at Lake Cumberland (Russell, Wayne, Clinton and Pulaski counties).

Channel catfish at Dewey Lake (Floyd County).

Muskie in pools 6-14 of the Kentucky River.

Spotted bass and white bass at Lake Linville (Rockcastle County).

Bluegill at Mauzy Lake (Union County, Higginson-Henry WMA).

Largemouth bass at Mill Creek Lake (Powell and Wolfe counties–Natural Bridge State Park).

Largemouth bass at Taylorsville Lake (Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties).

Rainbow trout at Three Springs Lake (Warren County).

Bluegill at Yatesville Lake  (Lawrence County).



FRANKFORT, Ky. – Stories about adventure opportunities in Kentucky are now available online with a new blog from the state’s Office of Adventure Tourism.

Regional writers will provide material for the “Outdoor Adventure Blog.” Some of the topics already covered include winter hiking, Mammoth Cave, goose hunting, eagle watch weekends at state parks and various travel options in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

The blog can be viewed at

“The Outdoor Adventure Blog will give readers the chance to hear about all the wonderful adventure activities available in Kentucky from people who have experienced them firsthand,” said First Lady Jane Beshear. “Even avid outdoor enthusiasts may discover new places to explore by reading this blog.”

The blog currently features eight writers covering four regions: west, east, north central and south central. The eight writers are: Sondra Rankin, a professional tournament angler from Paducah (west); Obbie Todd, an outdoor adventurer and naturalist in Owensboro (west); Nicole Bull, a public affairs specialist at Land Between the Lakes (west); Seth Wheat, a college student who grew up in Pikeville (north central); Dennis Crowley, a hiking activist from Louisville who is a member of the Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority; Cory Ramsey, an outdoorsman who grew up in Hickman and lives in Bowling Green (south central); Steve Ruth, an outdoor enthusiast who grew up in Pike County (east); and Dean Henson, a naturalist at Pine Mountain State Resort Park (east).

These stories and photographs through their exciting personal experience will inspire Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors to get out and explore our beautiful varied landscapes,” said Elaine Wilson, director of the Office of Adventure Tourism in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “Our writers enjoy the outdoors and these stories provide a great way to let others know the types of adventure tourism opportunities we have in Kentucky.”

The blog will be updated each month, Wilson said.

More information about parks, trails, cycling, boating, fishing, horseback riding, climbing, camping, caving, ATVs and more outdoor opportunities in Kentucky is available at: