Rough River Lake Fishing Reports

Your Rough River Lake Fishing Experience


Welcome to the Fishing Report section of Boating Adventures with Captain Chris! We are excited to share with you the latest updates and tips for fishing in Kentucky's beautiful Rough River Lake. Our team of experienced guides, led by Captain Chris O'Bryan, has years of expertise in navigating the lake and catching various fish species. In our fishing reports, we provide up-to-date information on the latest fishing conditions, including water levels, water temperature, and weather conditions. We also share insights on the best fishing spots on the lake, which fish species are currently active, and the most effective baits and techniques for catching them.


We get these questions often. Do they drain Rough River Lake? Can you swim in Rough River Lake? When was Rough River Lake made? During the winter season, the Army Corps of Engineers typically lowers the water level of the lake down to "winter pool" levels. This is an annual process aimed at managing the water levels and ensuring safety during the colder months. However, the lake is usually refilled to normal levels during the summer months, providing ample opportunities for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming.


Swimming is allowed in Rough River Lake. The lake has several designated swimming areas where visitors can enjoy the water safely. However, it's important to always exercise caution and follow any posted safety guidelines when swimming in the lake. Visitors should also be aware of any potential hazards such as strong currents or underwater obstacles. As always, it's recommended to swim with a buddy and wear a life jacket for added safety. Boating Adventures with Captain Chris also offers opportunities for water sports activities, including swimming, as part of their boating tours on Rough River Lake.


Rough River Lake was created in the early 1950s as a flood control and hydroelectric power generation project by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lake spans over 5,000 acres and has become a popular destination for boating and fishing enthusiasts. We understand that planning your next fishing trip can be overwhelming, but at Boating Adventures with Captain Chris, we're delighted to provide you with our insights to make it easier. Our team is enthusiastic about sharing our expertise and experience of Rough River Lake with passionate anglers like you. We look forward to taking you on a fishing adventure!

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