Fishing in Mammoth Cave National Park
Green River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. Many of the fish species of the eastern United States most sought by anglers are found in the Green and Nolin Rivers, both rough and sport fish. Whether fishing from bank or island, john boat or canoe, the ancient battle of wits and wills between man and fish is an everyday occurrence at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Places to fish
Park visitors may fish at any point along the Green and Nolin Rivers and at First Creek Lake. Fishing is not permitted at the ferry landing during operating hours; stay at least 100’ away from the ferry.
No fishing license or permit is required within the boundary of Mammoth Cave National Park.
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations regarding fish size and possession limits apply to all fish caught within Mammoth Cave National Park. Please refer to the current Kentucky Sport Fishing & Boating Guide which can be obtained free at locations where fishing licenses are sold and at www.fw.ky.gov.
Trotlines and Jugging
A trotline is a line with multiple baited hooks. Such lines may have no more than 50 single or multi-barbed baited hooks, and those hooks must be no more than 30 inches apart. Trotlines must be set at least three feet below the water’s surface.
The use of seines is permitted in the following creeks and runs solely to catch minnows and crawfish for bait: Bylew Creek, First Creek, Second Creek, Pine Creek, Big Hollow, Cub Run Creek, Buffalo Creek, Ugly Creek, Blowing Spring, Mill Branch, Floating Mill Branch, and Dry Branch. Seines shall not exceed 4’x6’, and the mesh shall not be larger than ¼’’.
Worms are the only form of live bait that may be used at Sloans Crossing Pond, Green Pond, Doyle Pond, and First Creek Lake. Live minnows and worms may be used in all other waters. Practice “Leave No Trace” and carry out all of your excess bait to dispose of after you are finished.
Other Aquatic Animals
Only fish may be taken from the rivers inside Mammoth Cave National Park. All other river animals, such as frogs and turtles, are protected in the park and may not be taken by any method at any time.
Last updated: June 22, 2017