Trout stocking hasn’t yet begun, but you’ve got an itch to twitch the fly rod. What to do? Head to the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF). In 1999 the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources designated five delayed-harvest streams in sections of the DBNF to expand winter trout-fishing opportunities. Through the end of March, anglers plying sections of Bark Camp Creek (Whitley County), Cane Creek (Laurel County), East Fork Indian Creek (Menifee), Hawk Creek (Laurel) and Rock Creek (McCreary) may use only artificial lures and must immediately release all trout. Ross says that the 8.7-mile section of Rock Creek offers the best access and longest fishable stretches of the five streams. Cane Creek also has a good population of rainbows in March and may have less fishing pressure than the other creeks. Contact: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Southeastern District (606-549-1332); Northeastern District for East Fork Indian Creek (606-784-6872).
Daniel Boone National Forest