Cave Run Lake, Kentucky – Fishing, Pop’s, & Crash’s Landing

An hour west of Huntington, West Virginia and an hour east of Lexington, Kentucky, you’ll find a beautiful lake hidden in the hills of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This girl spent a couple of days on the lake in the crisp fall mornings as the sun rose over the water and the view was breathtaking. The fog whispered through the mountains and clung to the water like a lover not wanting to let go after spending the night together. The fishing was relaxing, the food was spectacular, and the tackle shop ended up with a little bit of our money.

We initially scheduled a trip to the lake to fish for muskie since we had taken a guided tour with Tim Barker last September. If you’re looking for a guide for that area to take you muskie fishing, he is the man. Find him on facebook at and schedule a trip. We learned a ton from him and put a muskie in the boat and had seen a ton more the morning of that trip. After that, we were hooked. We already loved fishing for bass, then we kicked it up a notch, adding muskie to the list. If you haven’t been to the lake, I would highly recommend taking a trip to it. The view will not disappoint you. Even though we didn’t catch any muskie, we brought in a few small bass and left the lake feeling more relaxed then we had in a while.

When we finished fishing for the day, we headed a few miles down the road to Pop’s Southern Style BBQ to grab some grub. This place that is a few miles off of I-64 is worth stopping at if you’re in the general area. This is one of my favorite places to eat in all of the places I have visited so far. Their firecracker shrimp is delicious. Every time we make a trip to Pop’s, we are ordering the firecracker shrimp. It is that good. So far, everything we have tried on the menu has been delicious. I ordered ranch fries, which is fries drizzled with nacho cheese, ranch and then piled with pulled pork. If you have room when you are finished, my son says their ice cream is amazing. I’m not much on milkshakes, but I will usually get one from Pop’s. It’s worth it. Plus, vacation calories don’t count, right?

Before you leave, be sure to stop in at Crash’s Landing. The muskie lures they have there are insane. I think it’s crazy that these fish would even hit some of these massive, weird looking lures, but they do. They’re fun to cast into the water, and I get a kick watching the various muskie lures in the water. They’re pretty cool. Crash’s even have lures, crankbaits, etc. that are hand painted or locally made. I’m all for supporting the small businesses, so we left with a few custom crankbaits.

Here are a couple of places to checkout if you visit Cave Run Lake in Morehead, Kentucky:

Pop’s Southern Style BBQ (@popsssbbq) –
Crash’s Landing –


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