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Lake Beshear is a Reservoir in Caldwell, Kentucky.

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Fishing Description: 

Species present in the lake include largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, channel catfish and blue catfish.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Blue catfish
Blue catfish have been stocked annually since 2005. Their population is doing fair, with good growth. Some already measure 25 inches and weigh over 5 pounds.

Numerous small fish with occasional 8 inch fish caught.

Channel catfish
High numbers of 10-15 inch channel catfish in the population. Channel catfish are stocked annually at 10-12 inches. Underutilized fishery, where most anglers fishing for catfish use jug lines or noodles.

Numerous fish in the 6-8 inch range, with an occasional 10 incher. Best fishing during spring in areas of aquatic vegetation and around woody structure.

Largemouth bass
Population is dominated by bass 12-18 inches. Best fishing during spring when fish move to shallow water, along the water willow and lily pads. Try fishing the edges of these weeds with a pearl colored fluke using a short jerk retrieve or a white spinner bait. Late afternoon, try top water baits.

Recreational Activities: 

Seven trails loop around the lake and through the forest areas and are rated from easy to difficult in hiking ability.

Facilities and Parks: 

Lake Beshear is located in the center of the Pennyrile Forest State Park.


Pennyrile State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road
Dawson Springs, KY 42408-9212
Telephone: 270-797-3421
Toll Free: 800-325-1711

Enjoy the beauty of the Pennyrile Forest in the 68-site campground. The campground features utility hook ups, a dump station, and one central service building with showers, rest rooms, and a laundry. Pets are allowed if restrained.

Boat Ramp: 

Boating access is provided at Redden's Boat Ramp for a fee.


Skiing is allowed only in the Piney Creek portion of the lake.

Directions to Lake: 

Lake Beshear is located in the center of the Pennyrile Forest State Park approximately 4 miles south of Dawson Springs off State Highway 672.

Lake Beshear
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