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Herrington Lake is a Reservoir in Mercer, Kentucky.

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Herrington Lake is the deepest lake in Kentucky, producing some of the finest reservoir fishing the state has ever known. It is about 35 miles long, up to 1,200 ft. wide, and covers 2335 acres with 325 miles of shoreline.

The deepest area is near the Dix Dam where water depth reaches 249 feet. The mean depth in the lake is 78 feet. Because the lake is so deep it has only frozen over twice - in 1936 and 1978.

Fishing Description: 

Great fishing is also abundant and the well-stocked lake contains bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass & white bass.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Bluegill
Stable number of fish up to 8 inches in and around cover in embayments and inlets of rock walls; best April-June.

Common Carp
Fish in coves or headwaters with grain-based baits on bottom.

Crappie
Difficult to locate but many quality-size (9 inches or larger) available. Best around brush in upper half of lake. Potential for large black crappie around debris in inlets in main lake.

Flathead catfish
All sizes present; usually feed at night on sunfish and shad.

Hybrid striped bass
Two to five pound fish are common; possible trophy-sized fish.

Largemouth bass Good Good numbers of fish over 12 inches, many over 15 inches. Largest fish around shoreline cover in March and April; potential for trophy-sized fish. Best success in the upper half of lake. Good night fishing lake during the summer.

Longnose gar
Large fish common; look for them around schools of shad. Schooling common in fall; potential trophy size.

White bass
Should see good numbers during the spring run up the Dix River. Good numbers of fish in the 12-14 inch range Winter and spring rains should improve the spring spawning run. Trophy-size present.

Recreational Activities: 

Water skiing, tubing, swimming and even cliff jumping is popular on the lake during the summer months, with many marinas offering boats and cottages for rents.

Marinas: 

Cane Run Marina
Kennedy Bridge Rd.,
Harrodsburg mney Rock
859.748.5487

Chimney Rock Marina
Mile 4.0 Mercer County
250 Chimney Rock Rd.
Burgin 40310
859.748.9065

Chimney Rock RV Park
859.748.5252

Coffey's Cove
Mile 18.0 Boyle County
1358 Taylor Rd.
Danville 40422
859.516.8873

Gwinn Island Marina and Campground
Mile 16.0 Boyle County
1200 Gwinn Island Rd.
Danville 40422
859.236.4286

Herrington Lake Marina
Mile 10.0 Garrard County
136 S. Homestead Ln.
Lancaster 40444
859.548.2282

Kamp Kennedy Marina
Mile 4.0 Garrard County
P.O. Box H, Burgin 40310
859.548.2101

King's Mill Marina
Mile 22.5 Garrard County
570 King's Mill Rd.
Lancaster 40444
859.548.2091
859.913.0034

Nelson's Mid Lake
Mile 13.5 Mercer County
238 Cedar Lane
Harrodsburg 40330
859.748.5520

Pandora Marina
Mile 4.5 Mercer County
Box 642
Burgin 40310
859.748.9121

Redgate
Garrard County
305 Red Gate Road
Lancaster 40444
859.548.3507

Royalty's Fishing Camp
Mile 2.5 Mercer County
940 Normans Camp Rd.
Harrodsburg 40330
859.748.5459

Sunset Marina
Mile 3.5 Garrard County
318 Sunset Lodge Rd.
Lancaster 40444
859.548.3591

Tournaments: 

Listing of Herrington Lake fishing tournaments:
http://fw.ky.gov/app1/tournaments.aspx?wid=117&asid=*&month=*

Name: 
Herrington Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Mercer
State: 
Kentucky
Country: 
United States
Standard elevation: 
229
Latitude: 
37.7552
Longitude: 
-84.7032