Tribune-Courier General Manager
For the third year in a row Bassmaster Magazine recently named Kentucky and Barkley Lakes among the best in the nation for bass fishing.
In fact, the twin lakes ranked fairly high on the list, coming in at eighteenth among the nation’s top 100.
The rankings were done with the input of the Department of Natural Resources, catch-rate data and countrywide polling by the staff of BassMaster. Other considerations in ranking the country’s top lakes for bass fishing included phone calls to area guide services, internet research and angler reviews.
“The Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes project spawned from our desire to not only identify traditionally good bass fisheries, but also to spotlight lakes that are red hot right now,” said Bassmaster editor James Hall. “Our goal is to make the annual rankings as objective as possible by using the most current data available from state wildlife agencies, current tournament data and expansive polling of the B.A.S.S. membership.”
Bassmaster called the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes “one of the most consistent bass fishing destinations in the country. And when Kentucky Lake is on fire it’s a bass anglers dream.”
Marshall County Tourism Director Randy Newcomb said the designation is a boost to local tourism.
“Anytime Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are voted as one of the top lakes it is a plus. When potential visitors see that designation, it puts our area on their radar and makes them want to visit,” said Newcomb.
Other Kentucky Lakes making the list include Green River Lake in Campbellsville, coming in at 92nd on the list of 100 best lakes for bass fishing.