US Army Corps of Engineers
Nashville District

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  May 1st, 2019 as of 7 AM EST includes the headwater elevation at 721.49 ft. and the tailwater elevation at 549.89ft.

Water Temp: 66° F

Generation is scheduled from 7am-11pm. However, this is subject to change without notice or warning.


Fishing conditions on Lake Cumberland are reported as follows:


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

Largemouth are also being caught during the day in the backs of creeks around laydowns and spawning areas using jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and a flipping bait..

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