Walton, a BIg Bear regular!
It's what has earned Kentucky Lake a reputation that few bodies
of water can amass. A world-class fishery that attracts bass,
crappie, smallmouth, panfish, sauger, white bass and catfish
anglers from around the globe, Big Bear Resort is right in
the center of the action.
Lake itself is a 160,000 acre impoundment that boasts 2,380
miles of breathtaking shoreline. Countless bays, inlets and
points with a 170,000 acre nature reserve on the Eastern shore
make angling here one of the most awe-inspiring sightseeing
trips you will ever fish.
warmer climate means a longer growing season that results
in big and aggressive bass and panfish. Huge numbers of outsized
black bass and crappie are main staples of anglers that regularly
harvest quality, as well as quantity, gamefish. Having a seven-pound
Kentucky Lake largemouth going spastic on your line is a real
treat, no matter what type of fish you normally seek - and
we've got plenty of them!
fishing can be found almost anywhere on the lake, but some
of the best crappie and bass can be found right around the
resort in Bear and Malcom Creek. Big Bear Resort has participated
in setting artificial cribs and fish attractors in bays around
the resort. Plus, with no closed angling season on Kentucky
Lake, you can enjoy Big Bear fishing year 'round.
a weekend or a week-long fish-a-thon is easy at Big Bear!
Everything you need to make a great fishing trip is available:
from campsites and boat rentals to groceries and tackle.
Sprinkle gang from Huntington, IN
& Mary Ann Hentrich
Bear offers Guide Service directly out of our marina. Professional,
experienced licensed Guides will escort your fishing party
on a fully-rigged bass boat, providing gas, tackle and live
guides will share technique and presentations that will produce
those infamous Kentucky Lake catches. Big Bear Guide Service
will provide you valuable skills that will make your fishing
excursions to Kentucky Lake a profitable experience.
- 1-2 Persons
- Full Day: $325.00 plus fuel
- Half Day: $250.00 plus fuel
deposit for each day is required to hold your reservation.
guided trip includes all fuel*, tackle, fishing gear and travel
on a fully rigged bass boat, or you may bring your own favorite
gear and tackle.
provide your own fishing license (which is available at our
marina), appropriate clothing (raingear,warm outerwear) and
your favorite rod, reel and confidence bait if so desired.
Click Here for
Guide Service Reservations & Information
may be an extra fuel fee for guidied bass trips.
Daily Creel/ Possession Limit
| Black Bass
6 / 12
6 / 12
6 / 12
20 / 60
30 / 60
| Striped Bass
5 / 5
6 / 12
6 / 12
*The season for
all species of fish in Kentucky is year round.
are special fishing regulations for Kentucky and Lake Barkley
lakes ( and their connecting canal).
-- 10- inch size limit
and SMALLMOUTH BASS -- 15- inch size limit
14-inch size limit
Big Bear Marina
carries the Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide free of charge
for you. The guide has all the lake regulations as well
as the surrounding rivers and streams.
are reasonable, with non-resident cost at $10.00 for a 1-day
pass, $30.00 for 7-day pass,$40.00 for a 15 day license, and
$50.00 for an annual non-resident Kentucky pass. Residents
of Kentucky can purchase an annual license for $20.00, a husband
& wife pass for $36.00 or a combined annual hunting &
fishing license for $30.00.
OF TRAFFIC? SUMMER SERENITY ON KENTUCKY LAKE.
can probably laugh about it now, but at the time it happens
it's nothing short of agony: Your regular fishing hole has
become so crowded with pleasure boaters and weekend anglers
that catching fish is nearly impossible in summer. So you
plan a weekend trip to what you've heard is a decent lake
about two hours drive from your metropolitan home. Comments
from acquaintances tell you that this is a promising lake,
not well-known and your hopes swell for an excellent trip
where you might actually catch fish. Hot Spots maps have been
studied and you have strategically planned your assaults in
chronological order. So with your boat rigged and polished,
your tackle, gear and coolers all stowed, you head out in
the wee hours of morning, expecting to be on the water before
has suddenly changed your entire hopeful outlook. Brake lights
from trailers standing end to end to end stretch for over
a mile to the entrance of the launch site, all waiting for
their turn at the ramp. It seems those acquaintances of yours
told two friends the same thing they told you, and then they
told two friends, and so on, and so on.....
now with everyone having the same idea you had, you wait quietly
fuming for your turn to launch. Finally after watching a boat
sink, a trailer jackknife, and a van stall after backing up
too far, you are all set to dump your boat in the drink. Suddenly
money is demanded from you for a lake sticker, inspection
tag and launch fee before you put in, the costs draining most
of the cash you have on hand. Shaking your head in disgust,
you put the boat in and pull out, hunting for a parking spot.
Two miles away you find the only place to park: a vacant lot
you have to pay for.
the time you get back to your boat, and motor out from the
launch site the sun is well-up. The main lake looks like an
assault of the Spanish Armada, and you find that all the spots
you marked on your map are beset with a flotilla of anglers
fighting over a single brush pile.
a couple hours of fruitless casts, line snags, and boat nudging,
the situation suddenly worsens when a fleet of Sea Doos, ski
boats and power yachts begin a counter-clockwise circular
run around the lake. Huge swells from racing boats and deep
V hulls, nearly swamp your craft into shore timber. You watch
in horror as your line is run over by a hot shot waverunner
punk intent on doing water-wheelies over the grass-bed. A
water-skier drenches you in a blasting spray of roostertail
art after nearly slamming into your side. You stare in disbelief
at the aluminum launch with six anglers pulling alongside
you, hauling in fish after fish using Zebcos and nets, while
your livewell remains empty. You leave the lake that day sunburned,
drenched, and without so much as nary a bite. A true story
that many can tell.
you live near a heavily populated area, this story has probably
happened to you on your attempts to fish nearby water. The
surging popularity of angling has created fishing pressure
on lakes and rivers near metropolitan areas.
there is a solution to your frustration. If you want some
peaceful serenity, space, and excellent fishing opportunities,
plan a trip to Kentucky Lake. It's really not that far a drive,
and great resorts on this 160,000 acre impoundment cater to
the angler. Fishing pressure is light due to the sheer size
of Kentucky Lake alone. Finding secluded bays near deep water
off primary points is easy; they're everywhere. There's no
closed angling season, licenses are affordable, public launches
are free and the resorts and parks have fantastic concrete
ramp sites. The natural state preserve that is Land Between
The Lakes is breathtaking in it's wooded scenery, and the
fish are big and nasty.
offers a variety of fishing opportunities: bass, catfish,
sauger and white bass "stripes" feed aggressively
in the warming water. Early morning and late evenings are
key to great largemouth fishing in the timber cover and sunken
brush along shoreline from bass that come shallow to feed.
Good topwater time is right before dawn and twilight after
sunset. During the day, fishing drop offs along creek channels
and flats off deeper water using diving shad colored crankbaits,
Texas-rigged lizards and worms in chartreuse or dark blues
bounced off the ledges to the deeper pockets can produce large
and generous largemouth catches.
minnow and crappie rigs can be bounced off the bottom to snag
sauger and crappie, catfish baits fished in the deeper feeder
creeks generally will produce hot catfish action. Finding
river channels during hot sunny days and popping jigs, lead
tailspinners, Roadrunner twister-tails and orange spinner-baits
can produce large catches of white "stripes" bass.
Minnow spins are good tools to use when surface water is filled
with herded minnows being fed upon by stripers that grow to
double digits on the main lake.
and presentations are virtually limitless. Many guides offer
a variety of techniques and presentations that will all produce
fish. Putting a pattern together may only take an hour or
two if conditions are right.
When the traffic and fishing pressure
of your local fishing holes has you fed-up, plan a trip to
the wonderful waters that make Kentucky Lake an absolute gem
to fish this season. You will never look at your local lake
the same way again. Beep. Beep