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Bert T. Combs Lake Reopens to Public Access

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Bert T. Combs Lake in Clay County is back open to public boating and bank access after completion of repair work to its dam.

The 31-acre lake near Manchester was closed so crews could fix leaks throughout the earthen dam. The Kentucky Division of Water oversaw repairs to the dam.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources-owned lake is scheduled to receive a stocking of 1,000 rainbow trout this week. In 2019, rainbow trout will be stocked in January, April, May and October.

Resident and nonresident anglers who are required to have a fishing license must have a trout permit to keep trout. The permit costs $10. It also is included with the resident senior or disabled sportsman’s license and resident sportsman’s license.

The lake offers a boat ramp and parking area. Internal combustion motors are not allowed on the lake, but boaters can use electric motors. Paddling a kayak or canoe is another way to explore and fish the lake.

For more information about fishing opportunities and places to fish in Kentucky, visit Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website at fw.ky.gov. Anglers also may use this site to purchase fishing licenses online at any time of day.