Cumberland River Trout Fishing Report

Posted On: March 9, 2015 BY Delamere

Rainbow, brown, and brook trout numbers are increasing in number and
size in the Cumberland River below Lake Cumberland, making the river
Bluegrass State’s top destination for a spring fishing trip according to
the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Rainbow and
brown trout in the Cumberland River didn’t fair well during the drawdown
of Lake Cumberland to repair Wolf Creek Dam when releases of cold water
slowed to a trickle in summer. However, the world class trout fishery
has begun a great comeback with the return of normal water levels in
Lake Cumberland and the consequent higher flow into the river.

“We have more 12- to 15-inch rainbows in the Cumberland River than we
have since 2007,” said Dave Dreves, fisheries research biologist for
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. The brown trout in the Cumberland are also
doing much better and this fishery should improve markedly in the
future. “We have many 11- to 12-inch brown trout in the river right now
and a good chunk of 13 to 15 inchers,” Dreves explained. “There will be
some good fishing over the next few years for these species.”
The brook trout stockings in the Cumberland River that began in 2011
with 11,000 fish are an unqualified success with two new state record
fish caught last year. As brook trout grow and prosper in the Cumberland
River, this state record will likely fall again multiple times over the
next several years.
A printable version of the 2015 Kentucky Fishing Forecast is available
on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ webpage at

this article was written by Don Kirk

Cincinnati, OH  45208
(513) 871-FISH
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