State wildlife officials expect ‘good’ fishing year on Lake Cumberland

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the statewide fishing forecast for 2022, and Lake Cumberland is, once again, a premier location for avid fishermen and women this year.

Lake Cumberland’s trophy fish, the striped bass, has good numbers over 25 inches in length in the population. The numbers of fish in the 20 to 23 inch range are lower due to weak-year classes in 2018 and 2019. Smaller fish under 20 inches are also present, and growth rates remain strong for those fish, state wildlife officials say.

Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill, and channel catfish join striped bass as being labeled with a “good” forecast this year.

The boundaries of Lake Cumberland are defined as Cumberland Falls on the Cumberland River, Devils Jump on the Big South Fork, the Narrows of Rockcastle River, and Laurel River Lake Dam on Laurel River, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more, visit the department’s website at