William F. Miles Lakes, Louisville, KY

by Tim Hardin – Guest Contributor

On a cold and rainy February Sunday afternoon, I was looking for a place to launch my new kayak, and stopped in Miles park to check out the launch point. To my surprise, there were several people fishing in the two upper lakes. After a little conversation, I found that the two lakes had been stocked with rainbow trout the previous week.

The following Thursday, I took my 2-weight fly rod to investigate first hand. Only myself and one other person were fishing. I tried several flies, and only had one strike and zero fish. The other guy caught one trout using Power Bait on an ultralight spinning rod.

The next day, I tried Power Bait on a spin rig . I used a drop shot floating the bait about a foot of the bottom, and had my limit (5 rainbows) in about an an hour and a half.

Miles Park is located on Shelbyville Road a couple of miles east of I-265. It has several small lakes. The upper lake has handicap access. All lakes offer bank fishing. None are suitable for kayak/canoe launch. However, Floyd’s Fork flows through Miles Park, and there is a very good launch point on that creek. I will update fishing in the creek later this spring.

Info about Miles Park can be found at http://theparklands.org/park-info/beckley-creek-park/miles-park/

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