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Daily Fishing Update

Daily Fishing Report for Lake Cumberland


Fishing Information by Phone: (606) 678-8697

Elevations, Generation Schedule, Water Temperatures & Fishing Report:

If at anytime the Lake Cumberland information line has not yet been updated, please visit the USACE Water Management "River Status" online application and find Lake Cumberland under the "Lakes" tab.

The lake information for  April, 2 2020 as of Midnight CST includes the headwater elevation at 727.99 ft. and the tailwater elevation at 564.59 ft.

Water Temp: 61° F

Generation is scheduled from Midnight-Midnight with 2 or more generators operating. However, this is subject to change without notice or warning. Wolf Creek Dam will be spilling until further notice.


The Pride of the Cumberland’s day to day activities vary; whether it’s gathering floating debris, finding or replacing regulatory buoys, or even tracking down a runaway dock. The Pride of the Cumberland is operating to ensure that our natural resources and recreational opportunities are available to the public 12 months out of the year.

In the upcoming weeks, The Pride of the Cumberland will be operating to ensure courtesy docks are adjusted properly and Lake Cumberland waters are navigable around the Burnside area.

All Corps campgrounds are closed at this time. May 16th is the projected opening date at this time. All Corps owned boat ramps are open for launching, but no fee will charged until further notice. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks you to please take this time to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing you during the 2020 recreation season.




Fishing conditions on Lake Cumberland are reported as follows:


Smallmouth are being caught on the main lake points and secondary creek points. The best baits are jigs, shaky heads, spinner baits, swimbaits, and crankbaits.

Largemouth are also being caught during the day in the backs of creeks, and secondary pre spawn points around cover and bait fish using jigs, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits,  crankbaits, and A- rigs.

Stripers can be caught during the day on deep diving crankbaits, live bait, and A-rigs on the creek banks and secondary points.

Walleye are being caught in the rivers and main channel flats on jigheads with a 3 inch grub and jerkbaits.

Crappie are being caught in creek pockets around cover using live minnows and jigs.



For more information on the generation schedule seven days a week please call 270-343-0153. You may also call the Lake Cumberland Natural Resource Management Office at 606-679-6337 during the week.


Safety Message:

The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to bring attention to the dangers present in the tail water of dams.  It is mandatory at Lake Cumberland that everyone in a boat, no matter their age, must properly wear a life jacket if they are located in the discharge of Wolf Creek Dam to Kendall Day-Use Ramp.  Other guidelines to follow to increase water safety is to not anchor to the dam, be aware of the generation schedule, realize the generation schedule is subject to change at any given time, and wear a life jacket when on Lake Cumberland or on the tail water of Wolf Creek Dam.  With the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as everyone in the public we can work together to make boating a more safe and enjoyable experience!


Angler fishing on Lake Cumberland