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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Paintsville Lake known by anglers for its rainbow trout and walleye fisheries

Editor’s note: This is the 17th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Paintsville Lake Marina (Photo from Flickr Commons) Paintsville Lake is located northwest of Paintsville in Johnson and Morgan Counties. The scenic mountain lake is bordered by rock cliffs and forests of pine and hardwood trees. In many of the shady, steep-sided hollows, lush stands of mountain laurel...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Nolin River Lake is known for its excellent white bass fishery

This is the 16th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Aerial view of Nolan River Lake (Photo from Flickr Commons) Nolin River Lake is in Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, and Hart Counties, about 17 miles south of Leitchfield, KY. The dam is on Ky. 728, 7.8 miles upstream from the Nolin River’s confluence with the Green River. The lake is just a short drive from Mammoth Cave...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Often overlooked by anglers, Lake Malone offers excellent largemouth bass fishing

This is the 15th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Lake Malone is 18 miles north of Russellville, in Muhlenberg, Todd, and Logan Counties. The lake opened in 1963 and was impounded from Rocky Creek, a tributary to the Mud River. It was built by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, in cooperation with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Lake Malone...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Grayson Lake’s rocky cliffs and waterfalls offer varied outdoor experience

This is the 14th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Grayson Lake (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Grayson Lake is in Carter and Elliott counties. The dam is about 7 miles south of Grayson, off Ky. 7. Construction began in 1964, and the lake opened in April 1969. The main access highways are Ky. 7, Ky. 986, and Ky. 504. Size Impounded from the Little Sandy River, Grayson...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Martin’s Fork Lake is Ky’s only reservoir with four species of black bass

This is the 13th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Martin’s Fork Lake (Photo by Jamie Middleton, Flikr Commons) Martins Fork Lake is about 4 miles southwest of Cawood in Harlan County. The dam is at river mile 15.6 of the Cumberland River, backing up water over a flat valley on the Kentucky-Virginia border. Built by the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Lincoln County’s Cedar Creek Lake is Kentucky’s destination for trophy bass

This is the twelfth article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County (Photo from Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce) Cedar Creek Lake, five miles southeast of Stanford in Lincoln County, has the unique distinction of being Kentucky’s only lake managed for trophy largemouth bass since its impoundment. Through the years, a restrictive minimum size...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Pike County’s Fishtrap Lake offers surprising potential and quality fishing

This is the eleventh article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Fishtrap Lake (Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Fishtrap Lake is 147 miles southeast of Lexington in Pike County. The dam is about 15 miles southeast of Pikeville, off Ky. 1789. The lake was impounded from the Levisa Fork, a tributary to the Big Sandy River. Construction on the 195-foot-high dam, the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Greenbo Lake may be small, but it carries a big reputation among Ky. anglers

This is the tenth article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Greenbo Lake is 113 miles east of Lexington in Greenup County. The lake is 11 miles south of Greenup, off Ky. 1. The major access highways are Interstate 64 and U.S. 23. Impounded in 1955, the lake was built at a cost of $235,000. The Greenbo...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A scenic mountain reservoir, Carr Creek Lake is an overlooked walleye fishery

Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. For more than twenty years it was known as Carr Fork Lake. In January 1997, Congress officially changed the name of the project to Carr Creek Lake, in honor of long hunter William Carr, who explored the area in the 1770’s, and the community’s legendary high school basketball team that won the state championship...