Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Spring Fishing Frenzy: March Begins New License Year in Kentucky

kid fishingFRANKFORT, Ky. (3/10/14) — It can be debated that March belongs in the discussion of the best sports month of the year.

For many anglers, it is unparalleled.

As the latest winter storm took aim at Kentucky this past weekend, a brief break in the weather ahead of its arrival sent many anglers out in search of fishable water.

One trout angler at a Fishing in Neighborhoods lake in Boone County kindly reminded his shoreline acquaintances about the significance of the date before they cast a line into the icy water.

March 1 ushered in the new license year in Kentucky.

A fishing license unlocks a myriad angling opportunities across the state and buying one now maximizes its value.

“When you think about what that gives you – all these bodies of water, all these different species that we provide for people - it’s a tremendous value,” said Ron Brooks, director of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ fisheries division.

“We have limits on what anglers can take sometimes. Even with those limits they can feed their family a lot throughout the year just by going out on some public water and catching fish, not to mention all the recreational aspects.”

Individuals and families on a budget will appreciate the value of what amounts to a season-long pass to the great outdoors.

An annual fishing license runs $20 for Kentucky residents.

“You can’t take your family out to eat for $20 and you can barely go out and eat yourself for that amount,” Brooks said.

  • New this year is a three-year fishing license for residents.
  • It is $55 and available online only at fw.ky.gov.
  • The joint husband and wife fishing license costs just $36.
  • Children 15 and younger can fish without a license. 
  • Other options include the resident $30 combination hunting and fishing license, a savings of $10 if purchased separately. 
  • For those who may only get out to fish once or twice a year, a one-day license at $7 is a good option.
  • The sportsman’s license is available to residents only and at $95 represents an exceptional value. It bundles a combination hunting and fishing license, statewide deer permit, spring and fall turkey permits, a migratory bird and waterfowl permit along with a trout permit. Buying each separately would cost $150.

Unless license exempt, anglers intending to keep trout must have a trout permit. All licensed anglers fishing the Cumberland River from Wolf Creek Dam to the Tennessee state line, its tributaries up to the first riffle and all of Hatchery Creek must possess a trout permit.

Residents and non-residents can fish any Kentucky waters without a license during Kentucky’s free fishing days June 7-8.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has documented a slight rise in angler participation over the past two years.

“That’s probably due to a combination of the outstanding resources we have, our heightened efforts to promote the opportunities we have in Kentucky and an increase among adults and people in general in locally grown and organic foods,” said Brian Clark, assistant director of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s public affairs division.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife receives no tax dollars from Kentucky’s general fund. Instead it relies on the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, boat registration fees and federal programs for funding.

“Fishing and hunting licenses are extremely important to us,” Brooks said. “It really is what makes this whole department run.”

Licenses are sold through a variety of outlets.

  • Vendor locations are available on the department’s website at fw.ky.gov.
  • Licenses and permits also can be purchased online or by calling (877) 598-2401.
  • The Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide provides complete licensing information and is available online and wherever licenses are sold.

Deciding where to go and which species to target can be difficult with so many options available. The 2014 Fishing Forecast, produced annually by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and posted on the department’s website, contains a wealth of information about Kentucky’s major fisheries.

Whether you’re after croppie at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley or white bass at Nolin River Lake, largemouth bass at Cedar Creek Lake, muskellunge at Cave Run, Green River or Buckhorn lakes, hybrid striped bass at Fishtrap Lake or the 39 FINs lakes across the state brimming with recently stocked rainbow trout, spring is an excellent time to put a new fishing license to use.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Department of Fish and Wildlife

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 21, 2014 5628

Muhlenberg Task Force on Trail of Home…

in News by Wes Miller
August 18, 2014 4439

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 4192

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 20, 2014 4006

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 3984

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 4006

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2703

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 21, 2014 1952

Pedestrian Struck on East Arch Street,…

in Top Stories by Officer Ryan Clark
August 20, 2014 1678

Dawson Springs Woman Arrested for Driving…

in Top Stories by SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 1474

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 4192

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 3984

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 3856

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 3323

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 3242

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 18, 2014 4439

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 3875

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3682

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 19, 2014 3205

'Another One Bites the 'Duct'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 19, 2014 2564

Drakesboro Woman Injured When Tree Falls…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06