FINS Offers Good Fishing Close to Home
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) created the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program in 2006 to provide anglers with good fishing close to home. In 2010 the program expanded to 29 lakes statewide. The aim of the program is to create quality fishing opportunities near cities of all sizes throughout the state. Lakes are regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year. In addition to these lakes being stocked with catfish and trout, the sunfish and bass populations are regularly sampled to ensure natural reproduction is meeting the needs of anglers. Stocking of hybrid sunfish and/or largemouth bass occur if needed.
The FINs program is a cooperative agreement between KDFWR and city/county municipalities. Lake owners have committed to cover 25% of the stocking costs. All 30 lakes in the FINs program have a standard set of regulations that will be posted around the lakes. These regulations are a little more restrictive than the statewide regulations but help spread the fish harvest out over a longer period of time.