The city of Louisville overlooks the Ohio River, one of the best catfish rivers in the world, but there’s far more to Louisville fishing than just one river. Numerous lakes, ponds and rivers in the Loiusville area are among the best fishing spots around for bass, crappie and more.
- Fisherman’s Park – With an enticing name and five stocked lakes, Fisherman’s Park is a prime spot for Louisville anglers looking for a lot of options close to home. In addition to stocked trout, the lakes also contain largemouth bass and panfish, though intense fishing pressure means smart fish that require a little finesses to be caught.
- McNeely Lake – Just a few miles south of Louisville, this 51-acre reservoir is primarily a panfish lake, with healthy populations of bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker) and crappie. The fishing is excellent around near-shore cover, and McNeely Lake Park provides plenty of shore access.
- Beckley Creek Park – This large park on the eastern edge of Louisville includes several ponds and a section of Floyds Run, a good trout stream that also harbors bass, panfish and catfish. Hiking trails run along the stream, making it easy to stroll along and cast a line at likely spots.
- Taylorsville Lake – The largest lake in the Louisville area, 3,050-acre Taylorsville Lake is a solid bass fishery, with some of the best fishing available in timbered coves. The lake also harbors some giant blue catfish and channel cats, along with crappie, bluegill and a few hybrid striped bass. Taylorsville Lake State Park provides shore access and boat launch facilities.
- Ohio River – You can find just about anything that swims in fresh water somewhere in the Ohio River: smallmouth bass along rocky shorelines, largemouths in weedy backwaters, walleye and sauger in tailwater areas and big catfish in deep holes and broad flats. Access points include Chickasaw Park, Louisville Waterfront Park and Portland Wharf Park.
A current Kentucky fishing license is required for all fishing spots in the Louisville area (an Indiana license is also acceptable if fishing on the Ohio River by boat). You can purchase a license through the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website, and at most bait and tackle shops in the Louisville area.