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COMPLEAT FISHERMAN: Cumberland 1 of top trout streams in KY

Information for Mr. Charles Marshburn: There's great trout fishing below Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County, and along the way through Cumberland County and Monroe all the way to Tennessee. Closer to home, there's good fishing at the Rockhouse and good bank fishing on Crocus Creek on KY 704

By Joe Hare

The Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam is one of the top trout streams in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Either current of past state records for Rainbow and Brown trout have been taken from these waters. Fishing conditions are very dependent on the river level which is controlled by the amount of generators that are running at Wolf Creek Dam, this info can be found at web site: Wolf Creek Dam.

The lower the flow from the dam, the easier and better the fishing for the trout. As the river can be low at some of the locations downsteam early in the morning, it can rise rapidly and if you are downstream from your launch site with only a paddle to get back you have your work cut out for you. I would never go downstream from a launch site with only a paddle and my arms to get me back. It takes about 8 hours for the level change that started at the dam to reach Burkesville.

Access points begin just below the dam, just off Hwy 127 in Russell County. There are boat launching and bank fishing, both at this location. Then there is public access at several other points down the river all the way to the Tennessee border. Helms Landing is next below the dam and is just off Hwy 379, which can be found by going south on Ky 55 to the Olga community and turning west on 379.

There is also access at Winfrey's Ferry which is also off 379 west of Creelsboro. Highway 379 turn west between the 2 old store buildings at Creelsboro. By walking under the "Rockhouse" on the left before you get to Winferys Ferry has bank fishing. Bank fishing can be found where Crocus Creek empties into the Cumberland River at Bakerton in Cumberland Co. just off Hwy 704.

There is also a ramp in the City of Burkesville, just go south from the Burkesville square and you can't miss it. There are several other points further downstream, but I am not as familiar with, so directions from me would be useless.

As for license, a Kentucky fishing license with a trout stamp is required for any kind of fishing on the Cumberland River. There is a lot of good information on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife website which is ( A license may be purchased online at this site.

The Cumberland River is also home to walleye, sauger, white bass, hybrid and striper bass.

This story was posted on 2009-03-11 16:59:31
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