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Lake Information for Rough River Lake


Rough River Lake is a 5,100-acre (21 km2) lake in Breckinridge, Grayson, and Hardin counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Rough River in 1959 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is the primary attraction of Rough River Dam State Resort Park.

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Large numbers of hybrid striped bass are over 15 inches. Many trophy fish are available. Fish the upper lake areas in spring and main lake (Dam to Tules Creek on north fork and Dam to Little Clifty Creek on south fork) for summer jumps. Troll the main lake points in summer and fall. Tailwater is good for fishing in spring (April).

There are good numbers of channel catfish with lower numbers of flathead catfish, but trophy fish available. Tailwater fishing is good in early summer. Fish the upper lake areas in early spring and moderately steep rocky banks during mid May-June for spawning fish.

The number of 9-11 inch crappie decreased somewhat in 2006 but a large increase in the number of 6-8 inch fish was seen. Average size was down in 2007, but will improve. Many crappie are caught in tailwater in early spring.

Good numbers of largemouth bass are caught in the 12-15 inch and the 15-inch and larger size groups. A stable population exists with numbers in all size ranges similar over last several years.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
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Rough River Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    FM Bait Company
  • 189 Childress Rd - Leitchfield, KY
  • (270) 230-8815
    D & J Bait & Tackle
  • 1031 Antioch Church Rd - Big Clifty, KY
  • (270) 242-0341
    Prowler Baits
  • 293 Quarry Rd - Leitchfield, KY
  • (270) 287-9024

Boat Rental

    Two Rivers Boat Rental & Gen
  • Rr 1 - Leavenworth, IN
  • (812) 739-4431
    Clark's Upholstery
  • 16783 S Highway 259 - Leitchfield, KY
  • (270) 257-8852
    Susans Sales & Rental
  • 3255 Highway 737 - Leitchfield, KY
  • (270) 257-0080

Vacation Rental

    US Government Corps of Engineers
  • 9077 S Highway 259 - McDaniels, KY
  • (270) 257-8139
    Laurel Branch Campground
  • Highway 110 - McDaniels, KY
  • (270) 257-8839

Bar and Restaurant

    Davids Kountry Kitchen
  • Highway 259 S - Hardinsburg, KY
  • (270) 756-5156
    Grannys Bar B Que Incorporated
  • 594 Reynolds Rd - Glasgow, KY
  • (270) 651-5924
    EVO Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • 1129 College St - Bowling Green, KY
  • (270) 780-5530

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