Department of Fish and Wildlife
Fishing Program Expands To Three Lakes In Kenton County
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has partnered with Kenton County Parks and Recreation and the city of Covington to provide great fishing opportunities at three lakes in Kenton County.
Prisoners Lake in Devou Park, located in Covington, is now enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. Middleton Mills Park also has two lakes enrolled in the 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.
These three lakes will receive up to four high-density stockings of channel catfish and up to three rainbow trout stockings from January through November of each year. The first stocking of channel catfish is scheduled for the first week of March at the two Middleton Mills Park lakes. Prisoner’s Lake will be stocked with catfish in mid-April. The stocked channel catfish will be 13-16 inches long and average 1 pound each. The next stocking of rainbow trout will occur at mid-April at all three lakes. Rainbow trout will average 8-12 inches long.
FINs lakes also contain sunfish and bass populations that 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 marked 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.