Department of Fish and Wildlife
Public fishing access area at Meldahl Lock and Dam on Ohio River reopens to public use

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 16, 2015  
Contact Information:  1-800-858-1549  

FRANKFORT, Ky. A popular public fishing access on the Ohio River is now back open to public use after an extensive renovation as part of a larger hydroelectric project at Meldahl Lock and Dam in Bracken County.

“Anglers will now have improved recreational facilities and access to the tailrace area of the new hydroelectric facility adjacent to Meldahl Lock and Dam,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “This area has long been popular with bank anglers.”

The new improvements include a fishing pier, multi-level fishing platforms, concrete walkways for angler access, better lighting, improved parking, picnic areas and restroom facilities.

“There is a concrete ramp for access for mobility-impaired anglers,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “This ramp leads from the parking area to an elevated pier at the confluence of the hydroelectric plant tailwater and the Ohio River for an excellent fishing spot.”

Safety is now improved by providing life preservers and devices to warn visitors of excessive changes in the Ohio River’s level.

The new walkways include two different levels to allow anglers to fish during normal and high flows. Workers also installed shoreline undulations 50 feet apart both upstream and downstream of the fishing pier to create current breaks that enhance fish habitat.

“This is one of the Northeastern Fisheries District’s best opportunities for sauger fishing from the bank in fall, winter and spring,” said Tom Timmerman, Northeastern Fisheries District biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “You can put together some full limits of high quality, tasty fish for the cost of a few jigs and a walk out to the fishing pier.”

The Meldahl tailwater area also has productive fishing for hybrid striped bass, catfish, black bass and panfish.

“Fishing large rivers can be intimidating,” Timmerman said. “This pier puts you right where you want to be to catch sauger and other sport fish.”

Meldahl Lock and Dam is located off KY 8 just east of Foster, Kentucky in Bracken County.