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Martins Fork Lake fishing pier, Harlan, Ky.Fishing Opportunities at Martins Fork Lake

Fishing is also very popular at Martins Fork.  Fishing opportunities are numerous at the lake.  Bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill, and catfish are commonly caught in the lake.  Below the dam is also an excellent area to fish for rainbow trout (stocked March to November), walleye, and bluegill.  Limits at Martins Fork fall under the statewide size and creel limits posted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Martins Fork Lake offers barrier free fishing areas at the Smith Recreation Area and below

the dam on the tailwaters.

During the winter, volunteers place artificial fish habitat structures in the lake.  Please contact the Resource Managers Office for more information.