Lake Barkley is filled with a pleasing array of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill. It is 134 miles long and boasts 1,004 miles of shoreline. It is, no doubt, an angler's paradise, especially during spring spawn when those shallow waters are rich in some of the largest catches on the lakes. If out on a boat in these shallow waters, make sure to pay close attention to any unseen obstacles that might be hiding under the water's surface.
In addition to being one of the best fishing lakes in Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee, Lake Barkley is also a waterway for commercial barges that enter and depart through the region's locks. So use proper boating etiquette when encountering one of these large vessels.