Department of Fish and Wildlife
New Fishing Program Comes to Brickyard Pond in Knox County
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has partnered with the city of Barbourville to provide a great fishing opportunity at Brickyard Pond.
The 10-acre lake is now enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. The FINs program began in 2006 with five lakes, but this year expanded to include 30 lakes statewide. The goal of the program is to provide high quality fishing opportunities near cities of all sizes throughout the Commonwealth. These lakes are great places to make a quick getaway to relax and catch a mess of fish or to take the family on a fishing outing without traveling far from home.
The lake will receive four high-density stockings of channel catfish and two rainbow trout stockings from March through November of each year. The first stocking of 2,000 channel catfish is scheduled for the first week of March. The stocked channel catfish will be 13-16 inches long and average 1 pound each. The first stocking of 2,000 rainbow trout will occur during the third week of March. Rainbow trout will average 8-12 inches long.
Additionally, the lakes contain sunfish and bass populations which will be managed and stocked as necessary. Check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website for the exact stocking dates, license requirements, directions to the lake and fishing events. The site also has a place for you to submit pictures of your catch. Just go to fw.ky.gov on the Internet and type in the keyword, “FINs.”
Daily limits for each angler fishing a FINs lake includes five rainbow trout, four catfish, one largemouth bass over 15 inches and 15 bluegill or other sunfish. A statewide fishing license is required for anglers who are 16 and older. Licensed anglers who want to keep their trout must have an additional trout permit. The trout permit is included in the $5 senior license for those anglers age 65 and older.
Don’t forget: March 1 marks the start of the new year for fishing licenses.
A great fishing opportunity is just minutes away. So grab a pole, wet a line and we’ll see you at the lake.