All mechanically powered vessels used primarily in this state must have a Kentucky registration.  Boats are registered at the county clerk’s office.  Persons may register in the county of their residence or the county of principal use.  Boat registrations expire April 30 each year.

Boats registered in other states may be used for up to 60 consecutive days in Kentucky without registering here.

All boats operated in Kentucky must have the registration certificate on board.  Boats that are rented from a marina or boat livery must have a lease agreement on board.

Boat Registration Fees
Class A Vessels  (under 16’ in length) $21.00
Class 1 Vessels  (16’ to 26’ in length)  $40.00
Class 2 Vessels  (26’ to less than 40’ in length) $50.00
Class 3 Vessels  (over 40’ in length) $65.00
Inboard Boats   (regardless of size) $43.00
Boats propelled by an electric (trolling) motor only  $  10.00

The above costs Do Not include property taxes, clerks fees, titling fess, or any other applicable charges. (301 KAR 6:005)

A person must be 12 years or older to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) 10 horsepower or over on Kentucky public waters.  A person 12-17 years old shall possess a Kentucky Safe Boating Certificate Card or a certificate showing successful completion of a NASBLA approved boater education course.

Persons under 12 years of age must wear a personal floatation device (lifejacket) while in the open portion of a boat that is underway.

Water skiing or operation of personal watercraft (PWC) can only be done between sunrise and sunset.  Persons being towed on any device must wear a Type I, II or III personal floatation device.  Boat towing skiers, tubers, or knee boarders must have, in addition to the driver, an observer 12 years of age or older or a wide angle rearview mirror mounted so that the operator can check on the skier but still give full attention to traffic ahead.

It is illegal to operate a boat or vessel including personal watercraft, manipulate water skis, kneeboards, tubes, or similar devices while intoxicated or under the influence of any other substance that impairs one’s operating ability.  Kentucky law specifically prohibits the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places and the waterways of this state are considered public places.

For more information or questions contact the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Division of Law Enforcement @ 1-800-858-1549 or


Kentucky Lake is one of the best fisheries in the country for many popular game fish.  The most popular species are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and crappie, but spotted bass, bluegills, shellcrackers, catfish, white bass and saugers can also be caught with good success.

Fishing Regulations
  Daily Limit  Possession Limit Minimum Size Limit
Largemouth Bass 6 12 12”
Smallmouth Bass 6 12 12”
Ky Spotted Bass 6 12 none
Striped Bass 5 10 15”
Sauger 6 12 none
Crappie (black & white)  30 60 none
Walleye 6 12 15”
Redear Sunfish 20 40 none
Bluegill/Sunfish none none none
Catfish none none none

Check out more fishing information by logging on to the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources’ website at .  Click on the “Fishing “ tab, here anglers may search lakes, rivers and creeks for boat ramps and access points, what species are available and maps of how to get there, plus a fishing forecast which details the anticipated fishing success for each species as well as other useful information.

Fishing Licenses Resident Non-Resident
Annual $23.00 $50.00
Joint Husband/Wife Annual $42.00 Not Available
1-Day Fishing $7.00 $10.00
Non-Resident 7 Day Not Available $30.00
Non-Resident 15 Day Not Available $40.00
Trout Permit $10.00 $10.00


Hunting - General Rules
1.  You cannot hunt on someone else’s land unless they give you permission to do so.

2. Unless the law says you do not need a license, you must buy the right hunting license and permits for the kind of hunting you do.  You must have proof of buying those licenses and permits with you when you hunt.

3.  You can only hunt when the season is open for the species.  The type of firearm and ammunition, or archery equipment you use must be legal.  You can take no more game than the daily or season bag limits allow.

4.  Anyone hunting where and when a gun deer or elk season is open must wear hunter orange on the head, chest and back, that is visible to others at all times.

5.  All hunters born after January 1, 1975 must pass a hunter education course before hunting on any land besides land they own.  Kids do not have to take the class until they are 10 years old, but must always hunt with an adult.

Hunting License Fees
  Resident Non-resident  
Annual Hunting $27.00 $140.00
Youth Hunting (ages 12 to 15 only) $6.00 $10.00
Hunting 1-Day (small game only) $7.00 $15.00
Hunting 5-Day (small game only) Not Available $40.00
Deer Permits (2 deer) $35.00 $120.00
Youth Deer Permit (1 deer) $10.00 $15.00
Additional Deer Permit (2 deer) $30.00 $75.00
Ky Waterfowl Permits $15.00 $15.00
Spring Turkey Permit (2) $30.00 $75.00
Fall Turkey Permit (4) $30.00 $60.00
Youth Turkey Permit (1 Spring or Fall) $10.00 $10.00
Federal Duck Stamp $25.00 $25.00
Annual Combo Hunting & Fishing $42.00 Not Available
Senior/Disabled Hunting/Fishing $12.00 Not Available
Sportsman's License $95.00 Not Available
Youth Sportsman's License $30.00 Not Available

For more information or questions contact the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife @ 1-800-858-1549 or